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Graduate Admissions Info & Requirements

Graduate Admissions

Facts about Texas State University's CDIS graduate program can be found by scrolling through the ASHA EdFind webpage.

Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Celeste Domsch
512-716-2624 Willow Hall, Room 261

Visit the Graduate College CDIS page for additional information on admission to the CDIS graduate program.

Graduate Students


Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester January 15 January 15
Spring Semester No Admission No Admission
Summer No Admission No Admission
Summer Midterm No Admission No Admission
  • This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

  • Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate College.

  • The Dept of Communication Disorders does not schedule individual visits for prospective leveling or graduate students, due to the high volume of requests. We will hold a Graduate Information Day in Fall 2019, where applicants to our leveling and graduate programs can meet faculty and current students. If you wish to be notified by email when Graduate Information Day is scheduled, please send your request to

The following documents must be RECEIVED by the specified administrative staff by January 15 and April 1 for Leveling Students:

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  • Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State University.

    The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State University. The mailing address is listed below.

    Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

    An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

  • Applicants who are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

    Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

    Texas State University
    The Graduate College
    601 University Dr.
    San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

    All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required. A 3.0 GPA is required for undergradate communication disorders courses.

    For applicants with undergraduate degrees in areas other than Communication Disorders, please click here for information about the CDIS Leveling Non-Degree program. These applicants should apply to The Graduate College by April 1st to complete the required background work.

    Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2019 and expect to graduate in December 2018 or May 2019 should send transcripts with the Fall 2018 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

    • Three (3) recommendations
      • You will enter your recommenders' names and emails into the GADU system, and they will receive a request to submit a recommendation for you electronically.
      • Letters of recommendation from faculty are preferred.
    • Resume/CV
    • Prerequisite Course Form
      • This form is best filled out on a PC. It will not work with MACs.  
    • Statement of Purpose - Your answers to the following questions are serving as your statement of purpose to Texas State University.  Please proofread your responses carefully.
      • What areas of speech pathology practice or research interest you most and why?
      • Why are you applying to the Communication Disorders graduate program at Texas State University?
      • Briefly describe any life experiences, situations, and/or research interests which distinguish you as an applicant.

    Applicants will electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably a student ID number.

     See the Grad College for more information.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

    The Communication Disorders program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

    English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

    English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not your native language or if you are not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver.  English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date.  Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

    • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
    • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

    Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores.  Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.

    If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.

  • Please visit to explore scholarship opportunities. It is recommended that students apply for the Graduate College Scholarship and the Celebrity Classic Scholarship. Since students can apply for these BEFORE they are admitted to grad school, those who are accepted will be considered for the awards for their first year of graduate study. Students need to have completed the Apply Texas application before accessing this page.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
MA 39 hours Thesis Cognate required
MSCD 36 hours Non-Thesis Cognate required
GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS PROFILE 2015 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort
Applicants 421 404 426 336
Qualified Applicants 326 205 306 247
Accepted Applicants 31 33 34 36
CDIS Mean GPA of Accepted Applicants 3.97 3.93 3.88 3.83
Overall Mean GPA of Last 60 Hours of Accepted Applicants 3.94 3.9 3.84 3.88
DEMOGRAPHICS OF ACCEPTED GRADUATE APPLICANTS 2015 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort
Female 29 31 33 35
Male 2 2 1 1
White 19% 14% 15% 56%
Hispanic/Latino(a) 10% 16% 15% 31%
Asian American 0% 0% 0% 3%
African American 2% 1% 2% 5%
American Indian 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multi-Racial 0% 7% 1% 0%
International 0% 0% 1% 5%
Other 0% 2% 1% 0%

Dear Graduate Applicants,

Please be aware that incoming graduate students for Fall 2019 should complete most of their missing coursework before they begin at Texas State. See below for more specific information.

  1. Graduate students are required to have completed undergraduate CDIS-related courses, specifically Neurology, Aural Rehabilitation, Hearing Science and Anatomy and Physiology, which are prerequisites to graduate courses.
  2. The Texas State CDIS graduate program requires applicants to have taken two separate disorder courses in the CDIS major prior to enrolling at Texas State, due to the immediate placement in clinical practicum during the first semester.
  3. Incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete the ASHA-required undergraduate courses in Biology, Physics or Chemistry, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Statistics prior to enrollment, due to the intense nature of the graduate courses and clinical practicum.
  4. The Texas State CDIS graduate program requires students to complete a Lifespan course to ensure that the ASHA lifespan requirements are fully met.
  5. Some missing courses may be completed at Texas State in the summer before beginning graduate school if they are offered. Incoming graduate students may also take these courses at another university with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
Graduate Course Sequence (PDF, 7 KB)
Graduate Course Sequence

Admission Policy for Leveling Students

Individuals who have undergraduate degrees in majors other than communication disorders should apply to the Graduate College to complete the required background work. The number of hours of background work required is determined in consultation with the Communication Disorders Graduate Advisor, Celeste Domsch, and is dependent on the courses taken at the undergraduate level. Upon successful completion of the required background work, applicants may apply for admission to the regular graduate sequence for a fall semester. Successful completion of the background requirements in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders. It is strongly recommended that students apply to multiple graduate programs during the completion of their background coursework.

The application deadline for students wanting to complete their background coursework here at Texas State is April 1st of every year.

Leveling Course Sequence (DOCX, 17 KB)
Leveling Course Sequence
Leveling Course Descriptions (DOCX, 16 KB)
Leveling Course Descriptions
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