The on-campus Communication Disorders (MS) program application deadline for Fall 2021 is January 1, 2021. You must apply through the CSDCAS online application.* If you are an Emerson undergraduate student applying to the program, use this Application Form, not the CSDCAS application.

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After submitting your CSDCAS application, you will receive an email that confirms receipt of your application and invites you to set up an account in the Emerson College Application Portal. Highly qualified candidates will be invited for an interview with members of the faculty in late February 2021.

*If you're applying to the Online Communication Disorders (MS) program visit the Speech@Emerson website


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Admission Requirements

U.S. Applicants

Basic Information

All on-campus Communication Disorders applicants must apply through the CSDCAS online application. The CSDCAS application, like any common application, is convenient if you are applying to many schools. You only need to fill it out once, and you will send one set of your credentials directly to CSDCAS.

Once we receive all your credentials from CSDCAS, your application will be sent to the admission committee.

The CSDCAS Application Deadline is January 1, 2021. If an applicant does not submit their online application prior to the posted deadline, they will no longer be able to apply to the program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.

CSDCAS Student Customer Service information:
Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am–5:00 pm EST
Phone: 617-612-2030
Email: csdcasinfo [at] csdcas.org


CSDCAS Delays

When you apply via the CSDCAS application, there may be a delay in processing your application here at Emerson as we wait for your CSDCAS application to reach Verified status before we enter it into our system. During the busiest times of the year, this may take a few weeks.

However, as long as you submit your application to CSDCAS prior to the application deadline, it will be considered in good standing. We understand it may take some time for CSDCAS to continue the processing on their end.

Once we receive your verified CSDCAS application, you will receive an email that confirms the receipt of your application and invites you to set up an account in the Emerson College Application Portal.


Transcripts

All official transcripts for the on-campus program MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Once you are accepted into the Communication Disorders program, Emerson will then need a copy of your official transcript as well:

Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center
PO Box 870
Randolph, MA 02368-0870

If you are using a mailing or shipping service that does not allow for delivery to a PO Box, you may use our alternate application mailing address of Emerson College Graduate Admission, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.


Test Scores

Many testing facilities have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19. In order to be fair and consistent to all applicants, Emerson College will not be considering GRE test scores for Fall 2021 on-campus applicants.

The GRE is required for this program and must be submitted to both CSDCAS and Emerson during the on-campus program application process. This requirement will be automatically waived for applicants who have completed a graduate or other advanced degree (MA, MS, MBA, JD, etc.) from an accredited college or university in the United States. The codes for the on-campus program are:

  • Emerson College GRE Code: 3367
  • CSDCAS GRE Code: 7447

Test report criteria: 

  • Only test scores sent directly from the testing service will be considered official.
  • Allow two to three weeks after your test date for your score to be received by Emerson and CSDCAS. Please consider this when scheduling your test date, so that your score arrives before the application deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references who are best able to assess your qualifications for the program, including motivations, goals, and clinical potential for future work as a speech-language pathologist. 


Essay

There is one required essay for this program that will be submitted with your CSDCAS application. The essay prompt for the Fall 2021 application is:

Reflecting on your work, life, and educational experiences, describe how you decided to pursue a career in communication disorders/ speech-language pathology. Since we can’t interview all applicants to our program, this essay is our opportunity to get to know you. Let your personality shine through so that we are able to get a good sense of who you are.

Essay length2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 


Interviews

Highly qualified candidates will be invited to interview.


Fellowships

There is no separate application for fellowships. Applicants are considered for fellowships at the time of application review.


Foundation Courses

We require completion of the following undergraduate courses before starting the program:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Intro to Audiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • A Survey Course of Speech and Language Disorders (also called Introduction to Communication Disorders)
  • Phonetics*
  • Speech Science (also called Acoustics)*

You may take these at Emerson or any institution, either online or in-person. The courses do not have to be complete prior to applying for admission, but must be completed with a grade of B or better prior to beginning the program. Emerson offers these courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as in a concentrated format during the summer. Students entering the Emerson graduate program receive a discounted registration rate for these courses.

*At Emerson we combine these two courses into one course over the summer.


Admission Decisions

You will not hear about the admission committee’s decision through CSDCAS. You will receive a letter and additional information through the Emerson College Application Portal. 

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International Applicants

Basic Information

All on-campus Communication Disorders applicants must apply through the CSDCAS online application. The CSDCAS application, like any common application, is convenient if you are applying to many schools. You only need to fill it out once, and you will send one set of your credentials directly to CSDCAS.

Once we receive all your credentials from CSDCAS, your application will be sent to the admission committee.

The CSDCAS Application Deadline is January 1, 2021. If an applicant does not submit their online application prior to the posted deadline, they will no longer be able to apply to the program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.

CSDCAS Student Customer Service information:
Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am–5:00 pm EST
Phone: 617-612-2030
Email: csdcasinfo [at] csdcas.org


CSDCAS Delays

When you apply for the on-campus program via the CSDCAS application, there may be a delay in processing your application here at Emerson as we wait for your CSDCAS application to reach Verified status before we enter it into our system. During the busiest times of the year, this may take a few weeks.

However, as long as you submit your application to CSDCAS prior to the application deadline, it will be considered in good standing. We understand it may take some time for CSDCAS to continue the processing on their end.

Once we receive your verified CSDCAS application, you will receive an email that confirms the receipt of your application and invites you to set up an account in the Emerson College Application Portal.


Transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to a evaluation agency. Your evaluation should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency. On a case-by-case basis, some applications can be reviewed prior to receipt of the official evaluation. 

Please contact one of the credential evaluating agencies listed below to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials." Requests for evaluation are usually honored within 20 working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must provide the agency of your choice with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations. Be sure to check with credential evaluating agency to confirm what documents are needed to complete the evaluation.

You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission at Emerson College:

Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center
PO Box 870
Randolph, MA 02368-0870


Test Scores

Many testing facilities have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19. In order to be fair and consistent to all applicants, Emerson College will not be considering GRE test scores for Fall 2021 on-campus applicants.

GRE:

The GRE is required for this program and must be submitted to both CSDCAS and Emerson during the application process. This requirement will be automatically waived for applicants who have completed a graduate or other advanced degree (MA, MS, MBA, JD, etc.) from an accredited college or university in the United States. The test codes for the on-campus program are:

  • Emerson College GRE Code: 3367
  • CSDCAS GRE Code: 7447

Test report criteria: 

  • Only test scores sent directly from the testing service will be considered official.
  • Allow two to three weeks after your test date for your score to be received by Emerson and CSDCAS. Please consider this when scheduling your test date, so that your score arrives before the application deadline.

English Language Proficiency:

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Successful applicants typically have scores within the following ranges:

TOEFL:       95-115
IELTS        6.5-7.5  
Duolingo:   115-135
Pearson    65-80

Scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may require additional submissions to demonstrate English proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency is not required of students:

  • Whose native language is English
    • Note: Supporting documents may be required for approval of English proficiency test waiver
  • Who have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English or the institution is in a country where English is the native language (the U.S. and its territories, the United Kingdom and its territories, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada).

Emerson College TOEFL Code: 3367


Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references who are best able to assess your qualifications for the program, including motivations, goals, and clinical potential for future work as a speech-language pathologist. 


Essay

There is one required essay for this program that will be submitted with your CSDCAS application. The essay prompt for the 2021 application is:

Reflecting on your work, life, and educational experiences, describe how you decided to pursue a career in communication disorders/speech-language pathology. Since we can’t interview all applicants to our program, this essay is our opportunity to get to know you. Let your personality shine through so that we are able to get a good sense of who you are.

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 


Interviews

Highly qualified candidates for the on-campus program will be invited to campus for an interview February 2021. Candidates will meet individually with two members of the faculty. On-campus interviews are highly encouraged, but Skype interviews are available for those applicants who are unable to travel to campus. Candidates will receive invitations to interview at the end of January 2021.


Fellowships

There is no separate application for fellowships. Applicants are considered for fellowships at the time of application review.

Foundation Courses

We require completion of the following undergraduate courses before starting the program:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Intro to Audiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • A Survey Course of Speech and Language Disorders (also called Introduction to Communication Disorders)
  • Phonetics*
  • Speech Science (also called Acoustics)*

You may take these at Emerson or any institution, either online or in-person. The courses do not have to be complete prior to applying for admission, but must be completed with a grade of B or better prior to beginning the program. Emerson offers these courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as in a concentrated format during the summer. Students entering the Emerson graduate program receive a discounted registration rate for these courses. Contact Professional Studies for more information.

*At Emerson we combine these two courses into one course over the summer.


Admission Decisions

You will not hear about the admission committee’s decision through CSDCAS. You will receive a letter and additional information through the Emerson College Application Portal.


I-20

The Communication Disorders program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program. 


SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.


Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.

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Current Emerson Undergraduate Students

As you look toward the end of your Emerson undergraduate career, we invite you to consider staying at Emerson to earn your Master of Science in Communication Disorders degree on campus. We are proud to offer an early admission deadline and application fee waiver to current graduating seniors. Students from all undergraduate backgrounds are welcome to apply. 

To take advantage of this opportunity, you must apply by November 1, 2020.  Highly qualified candidates will be invited for an interview with members of the faculty in late November. Interviews will be completed over Zoom. 

Applicants will be notified by December 2020 if they receive early admission. Applicants who do not receive admission during the early application review period will still be considered for regular admission; no further action will be required.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 to apply.

Here are the admission requirements:

  • Complete the application form
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. No action is required regarding Emerson undergraduate transcripts. They will be automatically added to the application.  
  • Professional resume
  • Response to one essay question: Reflecting on your work, life, and educational experiences, describe how you decided to pursue a career in communication disorders/ speech-language pathology. This essay is our opportunity to get to know you. Let your personality shine through so that we are able to get a good sense of who you are.
  • Two letters of recommendation (for current Emerson CSD students—note that your recommenders must be from the Emerson CSD program) or three letters of recommendation (for all other Emerson seniors, at least two letters must be from Emerson faculty). Recommendations may be emailed to gradadmission [at] emerson.edu or sent to: Office of Graduate Admission, Walker 530, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Many testing facilities have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19. In order to be fair and consistent to all applicants, Emerson College will not be considering GRE test scores for Fall 2021 on-campus applicants.

We hope you’ll decide to extend your Emerson experience through graduate school and apply now! If you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-824-8610 or gradadmission [at] emerson.edu (subject: Communication%20Disorders%20-%20Current%20Student%20Application%20Question) .