CSD Application FAQs

Application and Admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

How do I apply to the UK CSD Graduate Program?

Applications to our program are received through the University of Kentucky Graduate School’s Apply Yourself Application system at http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/ProspectiveStudents/Admission.html. Apply Yourself provides a convenient and efficient process to apply using a web-based application. The system provides a real-time status tool so applicants may check the status of their application, transcripts, and letters of reference online at any time.

What are the minimum requirements for a student wishing to apply to the program?

The minimum GPA for admission to our program is a 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0. The average GPA of students selected for our program is 3.5. We have no set criteria for GREs of students we accept, but the successful applicant must have GRE scores consistent with University of Kentucky standards. Our admission decisions are based on a composite of information about the applicant, not merely one factor. The composite includes GREs, grades and letters of recommendation from individuals who know you academically or clinically. A strong personal statement reflects your experiences and what unique attributes you would bring to our program.

What is the right time to apply to the UK CSD Graduate Program?

The deadline for admission to the Graduate Program is January 15th. All applications must be completed and submitted through the Apply Yourself online system no later than January 15th to be considered for admission. Many applicants begin their application process during November and December to assure that all materials are received by January 15th.

What materials are required for a complete application to the UK CSD Graduate Program?

Your application through Apply Yourself requires that you submit 1) official transcripts for all prior university work, 2.) official GRE scores, 3.) three letters of recommendation submitted online, 4) a personal essay or letter outlining why you wish to be admitted to the UK CSD Program and what makes you an excellent candidate for admission, 5) a personal resume’ or CV is recommended (but not required) and 6) an application fee. 

How much is the application fee?

Currently our application fee includes $60 to the CSD Program and $65 to the UK Graduate School for a total of $125 which must be paid at the time you apply.

What semester should I apply for?

Students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology begin our graduate program in the second summer session or “eight week summer session”. Indicate “eight week summer session” on your application. Students who do not have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology would begin their coursework in the fall semester and should apply for “fall”.

Are the terms “speech-language pathology”, “speech pathology”, “communication disorders”, and “communication sciences and disorders” all the same?

Yes, those terms are interchangeable and different universities use different terms like those for their degree in CSD. A Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology, speech pathology, communication sciences and disorders, etc. are all the same. 

If I’m admitted and I already have a Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology when would I actually begin my graduate work?

Students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology begin our graduate program in the second summer session also called the “eight week summer session”. That session begins approximately the first full week in June following application. Those graduate students will complete the Master’s degree, if successful, in 6 semesters of study.

When would I begin the graduate program if I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology?

Students who do not have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology would begin their coursework in the fall semester and would complete the Master’s degree, if successful, in 8 semesters of study.

What exactly is meant by Bachelor’s degree “equivalent” in speech-language pathology?

Some students apply to our CSD Graduate Program after having completed a Bachelor’s degree in another field of study. In addition to their Bachelor’s degree (in another field) they then took what we call “pre-requisite” courses for the Master’s degree. At UK those courses include: Clinical Phonetics; Language Development Across the Lifespan; Speech & Hearing Science; Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism; Neural Bases of Speech & Language; Clinical Experience in Communication Disorders, Audiology, and Aural Rehabilitation. If a student has a completed Bachelor’s degree in another field and has taken ALL of those pre-requisite courses then they may be eligible to apply as though they have a completed Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology. 

What if I have a Bachelor’s degree in another field of study and I have completed some of the prerequisite courses named above but not all of them?

Contact us for advice and guidance by emailing or calling our Administrative Assistant in the UK CSD Program, Mikailyn Maddox. Ms. Maddox may be reached at mikailyn.maddox@uky.edu or by phone at 859-218-0493. Please note, it is likely that you will need to complete all prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the 6 semester course of study for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology.

When will I complete my coursework and my Master’s degree?

The student who enrolls in the Master’s program with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology will complete the Master’s degree, if successful, in 6 semesters of graduate study. The student who enrolls in the Master’s program with a Bachelor’s degree in another field of study will complete the Master’s degree, if successful, in 8 semesters of graduate study.

Several people have told me that UK only uses GPA and/or GRE to make admission decisions. Is that correct?

Nothing could be further from the truth. All student applications are carefully reviewed for many factors including, but not limited to: Overall GPA; GRE (Verbal and Quantitative); GPA in the CSD major; honors; awards; research experiences; cultural and international experiences; bilingualism; commitment to service; writing ability; evidence of leadership; enthusiasm for the profession; strength of recommendations; and other broad sets of experiences and skills that suggest that you may bring a unique perspective to communication disorders.

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

Faculty members who have taught you should write at least 2 of your letters of recommendation.  Faculty members who have worked with you in research, volunteer work, or a leadership role (e.g., NSSLHA) would also be excellent.  A letter of recommendation from those faculty members will strengthen your application.  You may get letters of recommendation from a personal referee such as an employer, an SLP that you observed, etc. However, at least 2 letters should be from academic faculty members who know how you have performed in your academic career.  

There is no real value in getting more than 2 of your letters from your speech-language pathology professors.  Try to choose someone to write a letter for you who can speak to other unique and valuable experiences and opportunities you have had.  A letter from an employer or someone who has supervised a Study Abroad experience, an inner city experience, or a research experience in another area, may genuinely enrich your application and allow us to see what you bring that makes you distinctly different or qualified for our profession. 

Am I supposed to write a letter or an essay

Either format is fine. You may choose to address the admissions committee through a letter addressed to the faculty members in communication sciences and disorders or you may use an essay style and simply write an essay that outlines your reasons for wanting to attend graduate school in communication sciences and disorders. It does not matter to us if you use a letter or essay style as long as it is well written and free of errors. 

How important is my essay or letter that I write in my application?

The personal essay is VERY important. The personal essay is the one place where the faculty members get to read about your personal journey directly from you. The personal essay should be a well written personal accounting of who you are as an individual, what led you to select CSD as a career path, and any other unique and interesting aspects of your life story that would provide compelling evidence for admission in to our program. The personal essay also functions as an important indicator of the quality of your writing skills.

What should I write about in my letter or personal essay?

Your essay/letter should focus on your reasons for wanting to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. It is also beneficial to talk about your interest in the scientific basis of the discipline and the attraction that these professions hold for you. You might also wish to write about personal characteristics or accomplishments that make you an excellent candidate. Finally, you might wish to talk about why you want to apply to that particular program. Also, as you write your personal statement in application to our program please tell us if you have a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, speech-language pathology, etc., or if your Bachelor’s degree is in another field of study.

Do I need to include a personal resume’ or CV?

A resume’ is not required although we do recommend that you include one. The resume’ is an excellent tool that provides an overview of your achievements.

How soon will I find out if I have been admitted to the UK CSD Graduate Program?

The faculty members usually meet to make final decisions about admissions in early to mid March. You will hear from us by email before the end of March. 

How many students are accepted in the UK CSD Graduate Program?

The CSD program is very competitive. Generally speaking, we receive anywhere between 150-300 applications per year and cohort sizes vary year to year depending upon the application pool. Typically we admit 30-35 students per year. 

How do I find out about scholarships, assistantships, and financial support?

The University of Kentucky Graduate School offers a number of financial support options Go to this link to find information http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/StudentFunding/funding.html.  You can read about the various financial support options and determine if you are eligible to apply.

Also, the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences has information about support funding on its website.  Click on the link for the College of Health Sciences then select “Students” and finally select “Scholarships and Financial Aid”, link here. Once again you will be able to see the various options and determine your eligibility to apply. 

It is important that you realize that competition for financial support is rigorous. Your success in obtaining financial aid is dependent upon the strength of your application when compared with others in the applicant pool. It is also highly likely that you will be asked to complete an interview if you are being considered for financial support. 

When do I have to let UK CSD know if I am accepting a spot in the program?

Students and university programs are obligated to make decisions no later than April 15th. We may ask you for an earlier decision but you have a right to ask us to wait until April 15th. After April 15th we will no longer guarantee that we will hold your spot in our program. 

If I am admitted can I defer my admission until next year or the year after?

The University of Kentucky Graduate School does allow for deferred admissions for 1 academic year with permission of the academic program and the CSD Grad Program DGS. That is, if you are admitted in the spring admission of 2017 you must enroll no later than the 2018 class or you will lose your admission to the program and will need to reapply for any subsequent enrollment. The deferral must be approved at the time of the initial admission by the program faculty, the DGS, and the graduate school. 

If admitted, what do the clinical rotations consist of in the 1st and 2nd year of the UK CSD Graduate Program?

The 1st year graduates will mostly be on campus working in our academic clinic under the direction of Donna Morris and Aimee Sayre. The 2nd year will include 3 semesters of outside clinical/school rotations. 

Are there any other fees associated with coming to the University of Kentucky?

Yes, if you are offered admission to our Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky you will be asked to pay a tuition deposit to accept and hold your place in the Program. The tuition deposit must accompany your letter indicating that you are accepting your place in the program. The non-refundable tuition deposit fee is $500 for Kentucky residents and $1000 for non-residents of Kentucky. The fee will then be credited to your first semester tuition. If you accept your place in our Graduate Program and then decline after April 15, 2018 you will not be eligible for a refund of the fee.

Are there available options for housing on-campus while in the CSD Graduate Program?

UK offers several on-campus living arrangements. Please visit https://www.uky.edu/housing/about-graduate-family-housing for more information, virtual tours, application and frequently asked questions. 

Who can I email or talk to in order to learn more about the application process?

Email or call our Administrative Assistant in the UK CSD Program, Mikailyn Maddox. Ms. Maddox may be reached at mikailyn.maddox@uky.edu or by phone at 859-218-0493.