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Rehabilitation Sciences: MS CSDS Apply

The graduate admissions process for the master's of science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is managed by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). Applications may be submitted beginning Sept 1st through the January 15th deadline. The Armstrong graduate application will NOT be accepted. Only materials submitted via CSDCAS will be reviewed.


Applicants to the program must have knowledge of the scope of speech-language pathology practice. This knowledge will be demonstrated in one of two ways:

  1. The applicant must complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in communication sciences and disorders from a regionally accredited institution

  2. The applicant must complete the requirements for a baccaluareate degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders plus appropriate prerequisite coursework in the field of speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorders. Please see the following:

Applicants must have completed the coursework, OR be enrolled in the course(s) when applying to the program.


A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required. This minimum GPA is based on ALL college-level work. 

Test Scores

Admission requires a score of no less than 145 on the verbal section and 141 on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For students whose second language is English, a score of 550 (paper-based) or 100 (computer-based) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be substituted for the verbal GRE score. Scores should be within 5 years of the application date.


The following documents are required for admission to the Master of Science program in communication sciences and disorders and should be submitted via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).

Essential Skills

The attached document includes essential functions you will be expected to perform during your educational program as a student and professional career. Persons interested in applying for admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program should review this document  in its entirety (cover sheet, Appendix A, and Appendix B) to develop a better understanding of the cognitive skills, physical abilities, and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program and work as a speech-language pathologist. A cover sheet with acknowledgment, signature, and date  MUST be submitted as part of the admissions packet. (Please submit via CSDCAS)

Video Submission

Video Recording: In lieu of onsite interviews, the CSDS program requires all applicants to submit a video recording as part of the admissions process. Information regarding requirements for the video can be found in the Questions section of CSDCAS.

Additional Requirements

The Graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAC). Pre-requisite courses that provide a foundational understanding of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing, as well as (basic) courses in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and math must be completed to meet accreditation standards.We require all courses be completed or in process of completion when applying to the program.These include:

Application Submission

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

A background investigation and ten-panel drug screen must be completed with Professional Screening and Information, the company selected by Armstrong's College of Health Professions, prior to the start of classes. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and a drug screening test may be restricted from clinical placements and may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the program faculty and the Armstrong College of Health Professions administration.  Any fees or cost associated with background checks and/or drug testing will be the responsibility of the student. Further information will be provided to students upon acceptance to the program.

 Additional Requirements

Current proof of the following requirements must be provided to the program upon the student's receipt of an official acceptance letter from the program no later than July 15.


Students selected for admission must formally accept the position and submit a non-refundable deposit. Students who matriculate in the CSDS program at Armstrong will have their deposits refunded during the second week of classes.