Admission Requirements

All inquiries should be sent to commdisordersgrad@jsums.edu 

  1. Division of Graduate Studies Masters Admissions
  2. Prospective Applicant Letter
  3. Graduate School Application
  4. Admission Application Checklist

 

M. S. Program in Communicative Disorders Admission Procedures

 

 

Admission is competitive.  Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission consideration:

 

  1. A baccalaureate degree in communicative disorders, speech-language pathology, or speech and hearing sciences from a regionally accredited college or university.  If students have degrees in professions other than communicative disorders, speech-language pathology, or speech and hearing sciences, they must first complete specified prerequisite courses with a grade of B (on a 4-point scale) or better.  (Prerequisite course taken more than 10 years before the initiation of the graduate program will not be accepted.)

         

          Prerequisite courses:

  • i.   Phonetics
  • ii.  Anatomy and Physiology
  • iii.  Speech and Hearing Science
  • iv.  Language Development
  • v.   Articulation Disorders
  • vi.  Language Disorders in Children
  • vii. Introduction to Audiology

  

Grades in other Communicative Disorders courses (e.g., Fluency, Diagnostics) will be reviewed.

Additionally, applicants must have completed the following with a grade of C or better:

  • i.   One course in biological sciences, one course in physical sciences, and one course in statistics for a total of 9 hours; and
  • ii.  Courses in behavioral and/or social sciences for a total of 6 semester hours..

 

  1. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) for courses completed during the junior and senior years, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) at the undergraduate level.

 

Applicants who meet these requirements are encouraged to submit a full application packet for admission consideration.  Admission is based on academic performance, GRE scores (DI Code 7169), recommendation letters, and writing samples.  All application materials must be submitted by March 1 for admission consideration.

 

The application process involves two parts.  Part one involves submission of application materials to the Jackson State University Graduate School.  Part two involves submission of departmental application materials through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).  All application materials must be submitted on or before March 1.

 

Part 1:

 

Applicants to the M.S. program in Communicative Disorders must submit an application to Jackson State University’s Graduate School.  The application can be found at: http://www.jsums.edu/graduateschool/masters-admissions/

 

Applicants must also submit an official transcript from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended to the Jackson State University Graduate School.  Official transcripts can be sent electronically using e-script to graduate@jsums.edu or by mail to:

 

The Division of Graduate Studies

Jackson State University

P.O. Box 17095

Jackson, MS 39217

 

Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee to the Jackson State University Graduate School with the application. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Payment can be paid online using a credit/debit card at http://www.jsums.edu/graduateschool/masters-admissions/ or by money order mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies.

 

International students must submit TOEFL scores to the Jackson State University Graduate School.  A minimum score of 69 is required for admission to the Jackson State University Graduate School.

 

Part 2:

 

Applications for the M.S. program in Communicative Disorders must be submitted through CSDCAS (the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service).  The CSDCAS for the Jackson State University’s Communicative Disorders graduate program will begin accepting applications on November 15, 2015. 

CSDCAS can be found at http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas-student-page/ 

 

Within CSDCAS, applicants will be required to submit:

  • general application form
  • transcripts
  • GRE scores (DI Code 7169)
  • personal statement/essay that includes the applicant’s

o   reasons for pursuing graduate student in speech-language pathology;

o   reasons for pursuing graduate study specifically ay Jackson State University;

o   professional goals;

o   strengths that will contribute to success in the graduate program at Jackson State University;

o   limitations, if any, that may need to be addressed in order to successfully pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology; and

o   past work, research or volunteer experiences, if any, that have helped to prepare the applicant for graduate studies

  • typewritten responses to the following:

o   What is critical thinking and analysis?  In your response, include examples from your experiences (education, professional, and personal).

o   Writing skills are important for educational and professional development, and are essential for success in the graduate program.  Explain how you plan to equip yourself to maintain a scholarly level of writing throughout the graduate program.

o   What is the role of the student in graduate school?  What is the role of the faculty member?

  • three letters of recommendation from speech-language pathology and/or clinical supervisors. 

 

 

 


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