Applications & Admissions Overview

Applicants must decide whether to apply to a clinical degree program (only), to the Ph.D. program (only) or to the dual Ph.D./Clinical track.  

Applications are submitted electronically, via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and via Purdue’s online application system.

  • Applicants to clinical programs (including dual track) must submit an application via CSDCAS as well as a Purdue application. 
  • Those applying ONLY to the Ph.D. program submit only the Purdue Ph.D. program application. 
  • Applicants to the dual Ph.D./Clinical tracks must submit both a CSDCAS and Purdue Ph.D. program applications. 
  • Note that the Purdue application is slightly different for Clinical (only) vs. Ph.D. and Dual Track applications.  Please see individual pages for each track.

Prerequisite courses for MS-SLP clinical degree

Students should have coursework that covers material from the following key areas:
  • normal anatomy & physiology for speech and hearing
  • acoustics or normal phonology
  • linguistics or normal language development
  • aural rehabilitation other than sign language
  • hearing disorders and hearing evaluation
  • phonetics

We accept students with a bachelor’s degree in other areas. We consider this type of student a prerequisite applicant. Students accepted into the prerequisite program will take an extra year to complete. All applicants are evaluated equally regardless of their degree area. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other areas may also take the prerequisite courses prior to applying to our program.

MS and AUD clinical program requisites

Students may take these courses before or during the graduate program.  Taking these courses during the program creates a heavier course load so students are encouraged to complete these courses prior to beginning the graduate program, if at all possible. 

  • 1 course in biological science (focus on animal or human biology)
  • 1 course in physical sciences (focus on chemistry or physics)
  • 1 course in behavioral/social sciences (Soc., Psy., Rel., etc)
  • 1 course in statistics covering t-tests, analyses of variance, chi-square, regression, and correlation

AP transfer credit for biological, physical, and social sciences can only be used if the original scores meet Purdue minimums.  AP credit cannot be used to meet the statistics requirement.  



Dual Track: January 15th

Ph.D. Only:  January 1st (Fall admission) and August 1st (Spring admission)
Ph.D. Only (not seeking funding): March 1st (Fall admission) and October 1st (Spring admission)

If you are thinking of applying to the Ph.D. program at Purdue, we strongly recommend that you contact prospective supervisors before starting the application process.  In order to be able to receive full consideration for any fellowships or awards, applications should be received well before the official deadline dates.  Many fellowships and awards are geared toward applications for Fall Semester. For Fall semester, complete applications no later than December 1st are requested.

Please contact the Graduate Program Secretary at the address listed on the Contact Us page with any questions that are not answered on these pages.

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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