Admission Requirements

Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to prepare graduates for the Clinical Fellowship (CF), the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a license for the state of Texas, and eventually independent clinical practice in the profession of speech-language pathology.

Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a  UTRGV Graduate Application.  The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.


Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal   statement  (500  words)  detailing  professional   goals   and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
  • Resume including educational background and work experience.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

Additional requirements for international applicants:



Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic February 1 N/A N/A N/A
International February 1 N/A N/A N/A

Additional information on the Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders program requirements and course descriptions.