How to Apply
Follow the same application process for the Residential and Suncoast Tracks. The deadline for submission of application materials for the Speech-Language Pathology program is January 15.
Applications are submitted electronically, via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and via the USF FACTS Online Graduate Application. Both applications must be submitted. Letters of recommendation, letter of intent, resume, GRE scores, and official transcripts should be submitted through CSDCAS. These items do not need to be resubmitted to the USF FACTS Online Graduate Application. During the application process, only an unofficial transcript should be uploaded to the USF FACTS Online Graduate Application.
Applicants must include the following items as part of their online application:
1. A letter of intent:
Please provide us with a personal statement not to exceed 500 words based on the following
Graduate school requires strong collaborative and organizational skills. You'll make mistakes and get overwhelmed, but it is important to handle these situations in a professional and mature manner. To give the admissions committee an idea of your collaborative and organizational skills, please respond to the following scenarios:
1. We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you'd handled a situation differently with a colleague.
2. Sometimes it's just not possible to get everything on your to-do list done. Tell me about a time your responsibilities got a bit overwhelming. What did you do?
If applying to the Suncoast Consortium Track, please include why you are working in public schools and your areas of interest within the school system. Include your plan for continuing your career in the public school systems in the future.
2. Three letters of recommendation:
- These should be written by former professors who can comment on your academic achievement, intellectual ability, ability to interact with others, and likelihood to succeed in graduate school.
- If you have been out of school for several years, it is acceptable for one of the letters to be written by an employer.
- Letters of recommendation are requested through CSDCAS. Those you are requesting a letter from will receive an email, and complete an online form.
- Email requests for recommendation letters will not be sent until the application is submitted (after paying the registration fee).
If applying to the Suncoast Consortium Track, applicants need a letter of support from their school district Speech and Language Coordinator, which can also act as one letter of recommendation. This letter must state that the school district will provide a mentor to support the applicant during all practica in the public school system.
3. An unofficial copy of your transcript and GRE scores:
- Official transcripts and GRE scores should be sent to CSDCAS (Institutional Code- 7009). Follow instructions on the CSDCAS portal.
- Official transcripts for all coursework including your Baccalaureate Degree will need to be mailed to USF only if admitted.
4. A resume that summarizes your academic and work history should be submitted through CSDCAS.
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Official transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The USF Graduate Admissions office cannot receive electronic transcripts.
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., SVC1036
Tampa, FL 33620
Before submitting both online applications, please review our Admission Requirements to determine if you meet or exceed our minimum qualifications. Please note that minimum GRE scores and GPAs of those admitted are typically higher than our minimum requirements.
Please submit any questions regarding the admissions process to the Graduate Program Assistant.