Admission


Grad Students Group1Students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and wish to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at OSU may apply for admission to the graduate college. If the bachelor’s degree is in something other than communication sciences and disorders, please see the menu item to the left titled Leveling.

Admission deadline for Summer/Fall 2018 is January 15, 2018.

The application process is completed online through the Graduate College. Please click here.

The following items are included in the online application submission:

  • An official transcript from each institution previously attended
  • A personal statement indicating why you wish to pursue a graduate degree is CSD
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) (OSU Institution Code 6546 and Department Code 0620)
  • 3 letters of reference submitted via the online application
    Oklahoma State undergraduate students please see letter of reference checklist

Once all applications have been reviewed, our department will extend invitations to interview students based on the order of merit.

Recommended minimum requirements:

  • GPA of 3.4 in the undergraduate major
  • GRE cumulative score of 296
  • Verbal GRE of 153
  • Analytical Writing GRE of 3.5

*See FAQ menu item to the left for more information

Additional Requirements:

  • Students are required to take a course in Speech Science and Neural Anatomy and Physiology prior to Fall admissions. OSU offers both courses online in summer for students who have not completed during their undergraduate program.

English Proficiency Requirements for International Graduate Students 

International students or naturalized citizens of the U.S. whose native language is not English are also required to submit evidence of proficiency in both written and spoken English.  Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken and written English usually by submitting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

  • A TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test; IBT) or 550 (paper-based test; PBT) is required. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546.
  • Prospective graduate students who score a 26 or better on the speaking portion of the IBT or an IELTS speaking score of 8.5 or higher will be cleared for clinician assignments.
  • Prospective graduate students who are unable to access the IBT or the IELTS prior to arrival at OSU may receive authorization to take the Versant English Test. A passing score on the Versant English Test will enable the student to be considered for clinical assignments.

Alternatively, an official IELTS, academic stream, examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Either examination (IELTS/TOEFL) must have been taken within the last two years.

Addtional Requirements of Graduate College for Students taking the IBT 

  • Students who score at least 42 on the combined Reading and Listening portions of the IBT, with a score of at least 20 in each section, are not required to enroll in any remedial coursework.
  • Students who score less than this on the Reading and Listening portions of the IBT (irrespective of the score on the Written portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of S/U and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of S is earned.
  • Students who score at or above the minimum score(s) on the Reading and Listening portion of the internet based TOEFL, but less than 22 on the Writing portion, are required to enroll in ENGL 4893* at some point in their studies. ENGL 4893* carries graduate credit and may be used toward minimum degree requirements; a grade of B or better in this course is required. Both ENGL 0003 and ENGL 4893*, as applicable, must be listed on the student's Plan of Study.

Addtional Requirements of Graduate College for Students taking the PBT or IELTS

Students for whom English is not their native language and who submit a PBT version of the TOEFL, or who take the IELTS, must take the Test of English Language Proficiency (TELP) upon arrival at OSU and comply with the provisions associated with that test. The TELP is administered on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses before each regular semester through University Testing and Evaluation. A waiver of the TELP requirement will be granted to a student who has:

  1. achieved a score of 600 PBT or higher on the TOEFL and a score of 5.0 or higher on the Test of Written English or Essay; or
  2. achieved an IELTS, academic stream, overall band score of 6.5 or higher on each of the band scores for Listening, Reading and Writing.

A score of 70 on both portions of the TELP is considered passing. Students who score less than 70 on the Listening/Dictation portion of the TELP (irrespective of the score on the writing portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of S/U and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of S is earned. Students who score at least 70 on the Listening/Dictation portion of the TELP, but less than 70 on the Writing portion are required to enroll in ENGL 4893 at some point in their studies. ENGL 4893 carries graduate credit and may be used toward minimum degree requirements; a grade of C or better in this course is required. Both ENGL 0003 and ENGL 4893, as applicable, must be listed on the student's Plan of Study and become part of the degree completion requirements.

Policy on students who speak English with accent, nonstandard dialects and/or who present with communication deficit(s) (PDF, 34 KB)

Spoken English Proficiency Requirements for Seeking Employment at OSU

OSU policy requires all persons who are non-native English speaking to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity, including laboratory assignments. Graduate students who serve only as laboratory assistants (e.g., setting up and/or maintaining equipment) are not required to comply with the provisions of this section.

More information about the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) test can be found here