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Graduate Admissions Process

The application deadline for admission to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program is January 15th. Applicants that meet this deadline can expect an admissions decision from the department by the end of March. Our goal is to make admission decisions earlier to allow applicants to make their graduate school plans earlier.

In order to meet the deadline, all applicants must submit our THREE (3) part application by January 15th. The first part of the application is the online application via CSDCAS. The second part of the application is the department's supplemental application. The third part of the application is a short video, answering a couple of questions selected by the admissions committee. Incomplete files WILL NOT be reviewed.

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology utilizes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) - http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas/students.php

The CSDCAS application includes:

  • Self-Reported Grades
  • Official Transcripts (from ALL institutions attended post high school)
    This would include vocational/technical school transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
    GRE CSDCAS Code: 0773
    It is highly recommended that all applicants wishing to meet the January 15th deadline take the GRE exam no later than November 30th. The GRE testing company has stated that it can take 6-8 weeks for test results to reach recipients (in this case, CSDCAS). GRE scores must be received by CSDCAS by the deadline for an application to be considered complete. All applications still waiting on GRE scores after the January 15th deadline will be considered incomplete.
  • Personal Essay
    While there is no minimum, the maximum number of characters for the essay is 5500 characters. There is no assigned prompt for the essay, however; your personal essay should describe your motivation, skills and abilities that will contribute to your academic and clinical success in our program.
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
    At least one letter of reference should come from a university faculty member

The department's supplemental application assists the admissions committee in determining an applicant's eligibility for the 15-month (or 24-month) program and provides them with additional background information on the student.

The department's supplemental application includes:

  • A listing of the coursework taken in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (if applying to the 15-month program)
  • Required General Education Coursework
  • Observation Hours Details (if applying to the 15-month program)

NOTE: There is no additional application fee to submit the supplemental application.

Each applicant must submit a 3 to 5 minute video recording of him or herself that includes the following:
1) A brief introduction of yourself
2) Why you want to become a speech-language pathologist
3) Where you see yourself professionally in 5-10 years
4) Why you feel the University of the Pacific's program is the right program for you


Applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to attend one of the department's graduate admission information sessions listed below to assist them in making an informed decision about a graduate program that will best suit their needs. Each information session will be hosted by two of the department's faculty members and will provide an overview of the program, tours of the classrooms and clinic facilities, and opportunities for individual questions.

No individual appointments for graduate tours will be made during the 2015 admissions cycle. Please click here to register for one of the following information sessions:

  • Friday, September 12, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
  • Friday, January 9, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

We look forward to meeting you on campus soon. If you have any further questions regarding the graduate application and admissions process, please contact the department's graduate program director, Dr. Larry Boles, at lboles@pacific.edu or 209-946-7490.