How to Apply

Before starting the CSDCAS process, carefully read all Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Instructions to better understand how the process works and what to expect. If you are reapplying, please review these again as this information may have changed.  The deadline for application is February 15.  Late applications may not be reviewed after this date.  Early application is strongly recommended.  Official transcripts must be received by CSDCAS before January 15 to ensure verification.  The application process for the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a two-step process.  Applicants should begin the process the previous October.  Applicants who wait until January to begin the process often do not meet the February 15 deadline.

  1. By February 15, complete the online application located on the UAMS CHP website.
  2. By January 15, applications in CSDCAS must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, and transcripts received).

To access this system log on at: http://portal.csdcas.org; create your application, and monitor your application status.  You will need to submit the following documents via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) to complete your application:

  1. Transcripts (By January 15)
    1. Download the CSDCAS transcript request form and send that to each school’s registrar. Send all transcripts for the program application to the following address:

      CSDCAS
      P.O. Box 9113
      Watertown, MA 02471

    2. Submit an official transcript via CSDCAS from each college from which you received course credit even if past course work appears on a later transcript.
    3. Transcripts and CSDCAS fees must be received by January 15 in order to be verified by the February 15 deadline. All other application materials (letters of recommendation, personal essay, resume, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores must be submitted by February 15.Note: If you are admitted to the M.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders program you will also need to provide official transcripts from all colleges where courses were still in-progress at the time of the CSDCAS verification deadline.

Additional Requirements (By February 15)

Submit via CSDCAS:

  1. Three Letters of Recommendation. At least two of these recommendations should be from academic faculty members who are familiar with your course work in the major.
  2. GRE Scores: You must give ETS both of the following codes when taking the GRE: CHP is 6146 and CSDCAS is 7504.  If you do not do this, you will be charged additional fees from ETS to have your scores sent to either CHP or CSDCAS.
  3. Personal Essay: Submit a one page essay (12 pt. font) to the Speech-Language Pathology Admissions Committee addressing the following items:
    1. Why do you want to be a speech-language pathologist?
    2. Tell us your motivations, inspirations, and challenges you have overcome.
    3. What are your long-term and short-term goals?
  4. Resume: Submit a one page resume (12 pt. font).  Tell us what you have done outside your classes, such as:
    1. Community Service
    2. Relevant Work Experience
    3. Research and Clinical Interests
    4. Awards and Scholarships
  5. TOEFL scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of this catalog

Submit via UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA):

By February 15, complete a UAMS Online Admissions Application located on the UAMS website.  Be sure to choose the “Communication Sciences and Disorders (Master of Science)” program.  You must “submit” this application and pay the $40.00 fee by February 15 to be considered for admission. Note: This is a separate application and fee in addition to CSDCAS. You will be asked to provide your UAMS Online Admissions Application number in order to complete the CSDCAS application.

Application Process Summary

  1. By January 15, submit all transcripts to CSDCAS and pay the fee.
  2. By February 15, submit to CSDCAS: (a) letters of recommendation, (b) GRE and TOEFLScores, (c) Personal Essay, and (d) Resume.
  3. By February 15, submit the OAA application and pay the fee.
  4. The OAA application must be submitted and the CSDCAS application must be verified by February 15 in order to be considered for admissions. Applications not completed/verified by this date will not be considered in the application process.Note: Although this is a consortium program between UA Little Rock and UAMS, all applications are submitted through UAMS CHP. DO NOT send any application materials to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantship Application: If you are interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship, complete an application and the required written essay. Mail to:  Speech-Language Pathology Admissions Committee, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, 2801 S. University Ave., Suite 600 UP, Little Rock, AR 72204. The graduate assistantship application is posted on the program website.

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Phone: 617-612-2030; Email: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org.

Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology must complete a sequence of ten pre-professional courses in communication disorders, prior to admission into the program.  Contact the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology for more information.