Graduate Admission Process

Review Graduate Admission Prerequisites

Updated 07/02/19

Part 1: Applying to the Program

For the 2019-20 academic year, there are TWO parts to the application process that must be completed. Students are recommended to begin the process early in order for the Miami University Graduate School to process your application AND for CSDCAS application to be both completed by the January 1, 2019 deadline. For the CSDCAS application, this means that the application has to be VERIFIED (not just complete) by January 1.

1. Complete the Application Form for Admission to the Miami University Graduate School. This form is also known as the "supplemental application"

Beginning mid-September 2019, students may begin submitting their application to the Miami University Graduate School via CollegeNet. The graduate director will post a note on this webpage when the Graduate School website is active. The application may be found online and the questions on this supplemental application should be answered as detailed below:

Answers to the questions on the supplemental application

  • Are you applying for a graduate degree? Please select “Yes”
  • Are you applying for a combined degree? Please select “No” (including Miami undergraduates)
  • I plan to enroll as a Full-Time or Part-Time study? Please select "Full Time". We do not have a part-time program
  • Will you be taking courses towards a graduate certificate? Please respond “No”. This question is established for other programs at Miami, but not the speech pathology graduate program.
  • Certificate type: Please leave blank
  • For the question that asks: "Will you be taking courses for Licensure or Endorsement?" Please select "No". This question is established for other programs at Miami, but not the speech pathology graduate program.
  • For the question pertaining to your major, if you come from a communication sciences and disorders or communication disorders program find the program name as close to yours as you can. If there is not an exact match select the option that is closest.

Ensure that your answers are correct before you hit the “submit” button.

  • You will be prompted to upload transcripts at this time. We are aware that you have to upload official transcripts for the CSDCAS process. Unfortunately because the College Net system that our graduate school uses and CSDCAS are separate entities you will need to also upload transcripts for our graduate school. However, these may be unofficial transcripts from your primary undergraduate institution. Final transcripts will be required prior to beginning the program after the admission process is complete and you have obtained your degree.
  • You will be prompted to indicate that you understand that for your application to be processed that you will also be completing the centralized application form from CSDCAS (see below for instructions), and
  • The Application fee must be paid in order for your application to be processed.

Note: Any applicant who applies to Miami, but not the centralized application will automatically have their application declined.

2. Complete the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application at CSDCAS. The portal opens August 2, 2019 for students applying to begin the program in Fall of 2020.

CSDCAS Application

If you have questions regarding the CSDCAS application process please contact CSDCAS directly or visit the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center

General Application Components (will be used for all schools that you are applying to that are also using the CSDCAS portal)

The following areas are based on questions asked during last year's application process:

Personal Information

Complete the information per the instructions provided.

Note: Make sure you have the correct email address (one that you will be regularly checking) and an accurate phone number.

Academic History
  • Official transcripts. All official transcripts, including those for AP credit, must be sent to CSDCAS Verification Department P.O. Box 9113 Watertown, MA 02471
  • Colleges Attended. Simply add your school, degree, and year.
    • If you did something like PSEO, you have to also enter those college credits
  • Transcript Entry. This needs to be done for EVERY school you received college credit.
    • This is a VERY TEDIOUS part of the application but make sure you are thorough
    • If you make a mistake in this area, it will delay the processing of your application submission. Make sure that this is completed at least 4 weeks prior to the VERIFICATION deadline of 1/1/2020 because CSDCAS will verify every grade you enter.
  • Standardized tests. Enter your GRE scores.
    • They will then be verified by CSDCAS once you have sent your GRE scores to CSDCAS (Code for Miami is 1038)
    • If you are an international student and are required to submit a TOEFL score this is where the score should be entered
Supporting Information
  • Evaluations (Letters of Recommendation). You will send a request from CSDCAS to your recommenders, using their system and entering the recommender’s email address
    • Once your recommenders submit their letters, you will be notified
  • Experiences. Enter all extracurricular activities, jobs, observation hours, clinical clock hours, TA experiences, work experience, research.
    • Use short complete sentences, describe experience. Some people used bullet points.
    • Each leadership experience should be added separately.
    • You will categorize every experience using the drop down list
    • The system will ask for dates started and ended (use your best judgment)
  • Achievements. Includes dean’s list, president’s list, and any scholarships that you have received
    • Dean’s list and president’s list is one entry. In the description, list all of the semesters you received the award.
  • Conferences Attended. The conferences may include those related to Communicative disorders or leadership. For other conferences, use your best judgment

Program Material

Specific components of the CSDCAS application unique to Miami University

Miami University Home Page Summary

Four main points from the home page that are highlighted as reminders to applicants

  • GRE scores should be submitted using the CSDCAS code of 1038. Using this code will ensure that your official GRE scores will be received. Scores should NOT be sent directly to Miami’s graduate school. If you feel that the wrong code has been used, please contact Dr. Donna Scarborough, Graduate Director, at to be advised.
  • The CSDCAS application deadline of 1/1/2020 will require all applications to be in the VERIFIED phase. Applications that are not verified by 1/1/20 (midnight EST) will not be considered for review. It is recommended that you have your application in the completed phase at least 4 weeks PRIOR to the 1/1/20 deadline.
  • Letters of recommendation are due by your letter writers by 1/1/2020.
  • Students should NOT wait for their Fall 2018 transcripts to complete their application. Instead, complete the application and then once the Fall grades have been received then use the one time academic update allowed by the CSDCAS The one time academic update is allowed beginning December 15, 2019. To ensure that our graduate committee will have adequate time to review your grades, please SUBMIT your academic update by JANUARY 4th, 2020.

Miami University CSDCAS Documents Tab- Upload your personal statement

  • Summarize your interest in the profession and brief career objectives (if known).
  • Explain why Miami University would be a good fit for you and highlight any skills that make you a strong candidate for our program.
  • The personal statement should be between 1-2 double spaced pages using 12 font.

If you are a student from a Communication Sciences program, who has applied previously or taken time between undergraduate and graduate school, explain how this current application has been strengthened and discuss what you have done with your time that shows a continued interest/passion for the field of speech pathology.

If you are a non-traditional student (i.e. any student who has an undergraduate degree in something other than communicative disorders/speech pathology), please describe why are changing professions and why speech pathology is the best new career direction for you.

Upload your resume

CV/Resume - Please attach a 1-2 page resume. This document should be a concise representation of your academic (include clinical/research experiences in this category), employment, leadership, volunteer, extra-curricular activities, & honors/awards. Only include relevant information beginning at the college level.

Miami University CSDCAS Pre-Requisites Tab

  • Eleven (11) Different pre-requisites are delineated in this section.
  • Carefully indicate the courses/credit hours/grades that you have completed OR NOTE THAT YOU ARE SCHEDULED to take a course for the Spring/Summer semester. Many of the classes on this list are required before entering graduate school, please see the following link for details.
  • Please leave a course blank if you have NOT taken or plan to take a specific course. Sections of courses do not fulfill the requirement of a completed course. Also, independent study for research does not replace a designated research methods course.
  • If you have less than the minimum grade/less credit hours than required in a course this does not necessarily automatically eliminate a candidate from applying to or being admitted into the program.

Miami University CSDCAS Questions Tab

Please respond to the series of questions.

Pay careful attention to the questions regarding clinical DOCUMENTED OBSERVATION hours versus DIRECT CLINICAL contact hours (i.e. treating patients). Many students don’t have the opportunity to obtain direct hours, and that is fine, just note that in your responses.

Part 2: Application Processing

Once you have submitted your application you will then have a significant period of waiting. Our faculty/staff will contact you via email if we have a question as we are processing your application. By the end of February, you will have received one of the following responses: denied, wait-listed, offer to interview. We typically interview the "Top 100 candidates' who have applied. Details will be supplied to those candidates who qualify.

Note: No applicant will be admitted into the program without an interview.

Part 3: Interview Status

For students who we invite for an interview, we host an all-day Graduate School Open house typically the last week of February. The open house allows students to come to campus, visit with faculty, and detailed information regarding the program is provided. All students who are interviewed are automatically being considered for both admittance AND assistantship opportunities. Students who are being considered for a sign language assistantship will be asked to also present a brief lesson. Final decisions will be made following the interview portion