Admission to the CSD Graduate Program

Our department uses graduate admission criteria established by the WCU Graduate School. Regular admission requires:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies,
  • a GRE score of 290 (verbal plus quantitative) with a writing score of 3, and
  • three letters of recommendation.

Provisional admissions are available with program approval.

We Welcome Students from All Backgrounds

We welcome students from all backgrounds who are interested in studying communication sciences and disorders. For that reason, we offer a unique admission opportunity to students outside of our field. These students, referred to as “levelers,” are admitted as graduate students and initially pursue a series of prerequisite courses preparing them for the graduate curriculum. Levelers can complete the program in two-and-a-half years.

Application Review & Admission Recommendations

Applications for our program are reviewed by a faculty admissions committee, and admission recommendations are made to the graduate dean. Our department seats approximately 30 full-time students in each admission cohort. Admission decisions are made by mid-spring and students are notified shortly thereafter.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the application process (after checking ApplyYourself for updates) and status of your application (after checking the CSD admissions webpage for updates), you may contact Dr. Georgia Hambrecht (


If you have questions about improving your application to reapply in the future, you may contact Laura Trivette (


If you would like to schedule a visit because you are unable to attend Open House, please contact Darlene Stonesifer ( to discuss potential dates and times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to Apply?

Complete the Graduate’s School online application. The initial admission deadline is February 15.


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