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.

Effective September 24, 2015, students holding a Baccalaureate Degree must apply through both the CSDCAS applications portal and the Online Graduate Application.

Applications are submitted electronically, via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and via the 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 Online Graduate Application. During the application process, only an unofficial transcript should be uploaded to the Online Graduate Application. 

Applicants must include the following items as part of their online application:

1. A letter of intent:

Please follow the instructions in CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service) .

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:

Please note that the GRE is no longer a requirement for admission for the Fall 2024 period. 

  • 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.

Please note, some school districts may require that a student apply and be admitted to the Suncoast Master’s program prior to official hiring. In this case, students may apply for the Suncoast Master’s program pending official hire. The applicant’s employment with their school district must begin prior to beginning coursework in the fall. In this instance, the applicant may use a letter of support from a former professor/employer in lieu of the school district Speech and Language Coordinator at the time of application. However, upon acceptance and prior to beginning coursework, the school district Speech and Language Coordinator will need to write a letter stating that the district will provide a mentor to support the applicant during all practica scheduled to occur in the public school system (a total of 4 practica).


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.