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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 of each year. 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 their application by January 15th (11:59 PM EST). Incomplete files WILL NOT be reviewed. For more information on our program, click here.

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

The CSDCAS application includes:
Coursework and Grades
Official transcripts (from ALL institutions attended post high school; this includes vocational/technical school transcripts) must be submitted to CSDCAS as part of the application; DO NOT send transcripts to the university at this time. Transcripts must be received by CSDCAS by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.

Official GRE scores
Pacific's GRE CSDCAS Code is: 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). 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. Letters of reference must be received by January 15 for your application to be complete.

Video Recording

  • Once you have completed your video, please upload it to YouTube (please be sure your video IS NOT set to "private" or we will be unable to view it; instead, please select "unlisted").
  • Submit your YouTube link/URL in the "Questions" section of the CSDCAS application.
  • Each applicant must submit a 3 to 4 minute video recording of him or herself that includes the following:
    • A brief introduction of yourself.
    • Why you want to become a speech-language pathologist.
    • Where you see yourself professionally in 5-10 years.
    • Why you feel the University of the Pacific's program is the right program for you.


  • Please be sure to answer all of the items in the "Questions" section of the CSDCAS application. For those that have visited our webpage during prior application cycles, please note that the supplemental application is no longer a required. Information gathered from the supplemental application is now incorporated into the "Questions" section of the CSDCAS application.
  • Also, the video link is now submitted via CSDCAS in the "Questions" section. Please DO NOT email your link to the department or program director.

Applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to attend one of the department's graduate admission information sessions 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. Information sessions for the 2016 admissions cycle are now available. Please click here to sign up - http://bit.ly/SLPinfosessions or click on the "Information Sessions Sign-Up" link on the left-hand menu.

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.