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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), an applicant should submit a letter of intent, 3 letters of recommendation, proof of 3.0 GPA (cummulative), proof of GRE, and a writing sample. Additionally, students that speak a native language other than English will need to provide TOEFL scores.

Letter of Intent, Letters of Recommendation, and Writing Sample

Letters should be submitted to the departmental Graduate Admissions Committee that indicates his/her general area of research interest (e.g., child language disorders, stuttering, aphasia, voice, phonology, motor speech disorders, hearing science, amplification, etc.).

Applicants must also provide three letters of recommendation. In addition to evaluating the applicant’s potential to complete the program of study, these letters should attest to the academic and research capabilities of the applicant.  The Permission to Release Education Record form is for current University of Utah students to submit to each faculty member for letters of reference.  Please allow ample time for the faculty member to assist you with this part of the application process.

A sample of scholarly writing (2-10 pages) is also required. Clinical reports or collaborative works will not be accepted.

The GRE is required to apply for the Ph.D program.


Applicants must provide proof of at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA from undergraduate work. 

Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit scores for the TOEFL exam. A minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) is required on the TOEFL. In addition, proficiency in oral English is required for admittance. This requirement is typically met through a personal or telephone interview.

PhD Program Requirements