Graduate Program FAQs

Q: What is the average GPA for admissions into the program?

2017 Admissions Stats:
Major GPA Average 3.909
High 4.0
Low 3.61

2016 Admissions Stats:
Major GPA Average 3.897
High 4.0
Low 3.6

Q: What is the average GRE score for admissions into the program?

2017 Admissions Stats:
GRE cum: high 313; low 293; average 301.79
GRE verbal: high 161; low 147; average 153
GRE written: high 5.5; low 3.0; average 3.958

2016 Admissions Stats:
GRE cum: high 329; low 292; average 305.429
GRE verbal: high 167; low 149; average 154.429
GRE written: high 4.5; low 3.0; average 3.929

Q: Is there an interview process?

Yes, following the initial application review, the graduate faculty determines who to extend an interview. These interviews are typically held on a Saturday in mid-February. The Graduate Coordinator will notify all applicants to inform them of their status. The interview can be in-person or via Skype. The interview lasts 15 minutes.

Q: What should I write in my personal statement?

The personal statement is the applicant’s opportunity to explain things such as why they are interested in the field, areas of the field they wish to pursue, bumps in their transcript, personal experiences that drew them to the field, etc. The personal statement does not have a character limit or required length.

Q: Do I need to send hard copies of my transcript in addition to the online application?

No, it is not necessary to send hard copies of the transcripts for the application. The application is online through CollegeNet. There is a place on the application to upload all transcripts. It is important to upload transcripts from ALL colleges/universities in which the applicant obtained college credit.

Q: How does the online submissions for letters of recommendation work?

On the online application, the applicant will input the name and email address for the three letter writers. CollegeNet will then send an email with submission instructions directly to the letter writers. The letter writers will submit all information online.

Q: If I have taken a course in anatomy and physiology, will that cover the neural anatomy and physiology course?

No, the OSU CDIS Graduate Program requires students to have completed a course in neural anatomy and physiology in addition to the general course in anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism. OSU offers an online course in Neural Bases the summer prior to fall admissions for those who have not taken the course. This course, along with Speech Science, is required prior to enrolling in fall graduate coursework.

Q: How does the externship placement work?

Mrs. Whitehead, the Externship Placement Coordinator, will request preferences from the graduate students early during the first spring semester. Students are required to go to one adult placement and one child placement. The student gets to submit preferences for location and placement site. Mrs. Whitehead then works to match the student with their preference. Students are not responsible for setting up the placement.

Q: Does OSU only offer fall admission, or do I have the option to begin in spring or summer?

The OSU graduate program allows students the option to jumpstart int he summer, but otherwise, fall admission is required. We currently do not offer spring enrollment. For more information regarding summer jumpstart, please see the menu item to the left titled, Jumpstart.

Q: Do I enroll in/pay for more credit hours if I jumpstart?

No, if you enroll in jumpstart, we disperse the typical 3 clinical practicum hours (CDIS 5210) for fall over the summer and fall semesters. You will have completed the same total credit hours at graduation.

Q: If I jumpstart, will I still have to enroll in the summer between the first and second year of graduate school?

Yes, regardless whether you jumpstart, you will enroll in 3 hours of clinical practicum (CDIS 5210) in the summer between the first and second year. However, if you have taken the AAC course during the summer jumpstart, you will only enroll in clinical practicum for the following summer.

Q: What types of financial aid are currently available?

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) are available which include full tuition waiver and a biweekly stipend during the first year of graduate program. In addition, a selective number of assistantships are also available for students during their second year of graduate program. There is no separate application for GTA positions. Students will be awarded GTA positions based on merit.

Q: Can students outside of the United States apply to the graduate program?

Yes, applicants with post-secondary education outside of United States are eligible to apply to our graduate program. However, non-U.S. transcripts of post-secondary education must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service to determine their U.S. equivalency. A list of agencies performing such evaluation is available at this link:  Please contact Ms. Tefft ( or Dr. Parveen ( for any additional queries.