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Prospective Residential Students 

Do not use any application materials or instructions you downloaded prior to August 1, 2015!


Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in our residential graduate program in Communication Sciences & Disorders here at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire! Our curriculum allows a student to meet academic and practicum requirements for:

  • The CCC-SLP from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • The public school license in speech and language pathology from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • State licensure in Wisconsin (a Department of Safety and Public Service license in speech-language pathology)

We offer a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our program is rigorous, innovative, and exciting, and our graduates are prepared to assess, diagnose, and treat clients across the lifespan in medical, clinic, birth to three, and school-based settings.

We are fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Fall 2015 Applicant Data:

  • Number of completed applications received –180
  • Average overall GPA of admitted students –3.66
  • Average major GPA of admitted students –3.90
  • Average GRE verbal score –150.7
  • Average GRE quantitative score –148.7
  • Average GRE writing score –3.89

Application Materials:

  • Application for the fall 2016 graduate cohort opens on September 17, 2015. (Do not use any application materials or instructions that you downloaded prior to August 1, 2015)
  • The UW-Eau Claire CSD grad program application process is now handled by the CSDCAS system, effective this application cycle.
  • You can access a Printable Application Checklist here.
  • Scroll down to the sections for international applicants and re-application to our graduate program for specific instructions.

All application materials are due by January 1, 2016. Applications that are incomplete after this date will not be reviewed. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Complete the University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu and pay the $56 fee before January 1, 2016. Do not mail any application materials to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire or the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

  2. Complete an application through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org beginning September 17. The deadline for receipt of all materials is January 1, 2016. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD Instructors or Clinical Supervisors.
    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of a personal essay. You will be asked to address all of the following prompts:
        • What aspect of the profession interests you most, and why?
        • What makes you a good match for our program?
        • Describe a challenging collaborative experience you have had and how you worked through the experience.
    • In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants submit any planned or in-progress coursework, so we can help you plan your graduate program: Planned & In-Progress Coursework
    • Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years.
    • Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS:
            • CSDCAS Verification Department
              PO Box 9113
              Watertown, MA 02471

What are the Minimum Criteria for Application?

(Note: Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission. Admission is competitive and the size of the cohort is limited to 18 students per year.)

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • A minimum of 30 earned semester credits in CSD coursework by the beginning of your graduate program (See Post Baccalaureate Sequence).
    • The 30 minimum credits must include college-level courses in each of the following five areas:
      • Anatomy &Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      • Speech &Hearing Science
      • Normal Communication/Language Development
      • Phonetics
      • Audiology
    • The 30 minimum credits must also include college-level coursework appropriate for certification as a speech-language pathologist* (i.e., not coursework specifically for SLPA preparation) in at least three of the following five categories of disorders:
      • Phonology/Articulation
      • Child Language
      • Voice &Resonance
      • Fluency/Stuttering
      • Aural Rehabilitation
        * Appropriate disorders courses cover content in both assessment and intervention
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from each post-secondary degree earned.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in any graded CSD practicum experience.

What are the Academic and Clinical Requirements?

This is a full-time residential program, and all coursework and clinical experiences are completed over a two-year period plus the intervening summer session. Students earn a total of 54 graduate credits: 36 credits of coursework and 18 credits of clinical practicum. Each semester of the graduate program students will enroll in clinical experiences, either in our state of the art Center for Communication Disorders or at one of our many off-campus practicum sites.

Some students may need to register for additional credits in order to meet ASHA and/or state credentialing standards. This additional coursework may include human or animal biology, chemistry or physics, psychology/human development, statistics, neurology, sign language, aural rehabilitation, assessment and treatment for voice disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, child &adolescent language disorders, fluency disorders, and guided clinical observation (during which you earn 25 observation hours). Students with course deficiencies are welcome to apply to our graduate program, but must understand that additional coursework will be required before beginning the program and/or during the course of the program.

Students are admitted as a cohort and move through the program together. You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. All graduate students must successfully complete either a written comprehensive exam or a master's thesis research project prior to graduation. For additional information refer to the current CSD Residential Graduate Program Handbook.

Are Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid Available?

Students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should complete an online application by January 1, 2016 at http://www.uwec.edu/Graduate/apply/assistfellowapp.htm . The personal essay and letters of recommendation submitted for your CSDCAS application will be used for your graduate assistantship application. Contact Nancy. Amdahl in Graduate Studies if you have questions about the graduate assistantship application: 715-836-2721, amdahlnj@uwec.edu

Applicants who have been invited into our fall graduate cohort and accept admission will be eligible to apply for several CSD scholarships that are available to our first-year graduate students. Additional CSD scholarships and Foundation Fellowships are also available for the second year of your program. More information about financial aid for graduate students is available on our Graduate Programs webpage.

Can International Students Apply to the Residential Graduate Program?

Yes, international students can submit an application to our residential graduate program:

  1. Complete the University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu and pay the $56 fee before January 1, 2016.

  2. The following information should be sent by January 1, 2016 to: UW-Eau Claire Graduate Admissions, Schofield 111, 105 Garfield Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, USA.:
    • Evidence of English proficiency. A TOEFL score of 79 ibt or an IELTS score of 7.0 - See approved scores and ESL program.
    • Financial Statement Form and an original bank statement or letter from the bank of your sponsor.
    • Records from the university where you received your bachelor's degree. If any graduate coursework was completed, these records are also required.
    • Transcripts: Transcripts must be in the original language with certified English translation showing courses taken and grades assigned each year. Official records should include all exam or test results and certificates, diplomas or degrees received. Photocopies of official foreign records are acceptable if they have been certified by an authorized university, government or public official after they are made.
  3. Complete an application through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org beginning September 17. The deadline for receipt of all materials is January 1, 2016. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD Instructors or Clinical Supervisors. 
    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of a personal essay. You will be asked to address all of the following prompts: 
        • What aspect of the profession interests you most, and why? 
        • What makes you a good match for our program? 
        • Describe a challenging collaborative experience you have had and how you worked through the experience. 
    • In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants submit any planned or in-progress coursework, so we can help you plan your graduate program: Planned & In-Progress Coursework 
    • Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years. 
    • Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS: 
        • CSDCAS Verification Department
          PO Box 9113
          Watertown, MA 02471
  4. Follow the instructions for submitting your Canadian and foreign coursework evaluation to CSDCAS. We require that you submit a foreign coursework evaluation from one of the services listed on the CSDCAS website: Evaluation of Canadian and Foreign Coursework.
All application materials are due by January 1, 2016. Applications that are incomplete after this date will not be reviewed. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.

What if I am Reapplying to the Residential Graduate Program?

For applicants reapplying to our residential graduate program:

  1. Submit a new University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. You will not have to pay another application fee if you are re-applying within two years (four full semesters) of your initial application to our graduate program.

  2. Complete an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org beginning September 17. The deadline for receipt of all materials is January 1, 2016. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
    1. Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic or clinical performance. Previously submitted letters of recommendation will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    2. Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of a personal essay. You will be asked to address specific prompts. Your previously submitted personal essay will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    3. Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years. Your previously submitted GRE scores will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    4. In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants submit any planned or in-progress coursework, so we can help you plan your graduate program: Planned & In-Progress Coursework
    5. Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS:  CSDCAS Verification Department, PO Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471.

Your previously submitted official transcripts will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.

Can I Schedule a Visit?

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our department and tour our Center for Communication Disorders. Email CSDGraduateCoordinator@uwec.edu or call Vicki Samelson at 715-836-4919.

Who do I contact with Questions about the Residential Graduate Program?

Email CSDGraduateCoordinator@uwec.edu or call Vicki Samelson at 715-836-4919