PhD Program Admission Process

Admission Requirements

Admission to the CSD PhD program is restricted to those students whose abilities, experience, and previous coursework indicate that they are likely to be able to complete the doctoral program successfully. It is expected that the applicant will have sufficient interest in communication sciences and disorders to be prepared for entry into an integrated program of advanced study and research.

All applicants must have a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the last 60 hours of coursework. Please contact the WSU Graduate School if you have questions about whether your transcript is acceptable.

Scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (www.gre.org) or Miller Analogies Test (www.milleranalogies.com) are also required. Institution codes for WSU are 6884 (GRE) and 2090 (MAT). Exams must be taken within the last five (5) years.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores for either the TOEFL or the Academic Module of the IELTS examination with their application. Scores from the speaking portion of the internet-based TOEFL (IBT) or the SPEAK test are also preferred. Test information is available at www.ets.org and the institution code for WSU is 6884. Exams must be taken within the last two (2) years. The minimum acceptable scores for each test are: TOEFL -- 79 internet-based or 550 paper-based; IELTS -- overall band score of 6.5; TOEFL speaking component -- 23; and SPEAK -- 50.

Application Deadlines

The CSD Department offers a rolling admissions process for PhD applicants. These deadlines are determined by the WSU Graduate School.

Domestic Applicants (citizens or
international students residing in the U.S.):
Fall -- July 15
Spring -- December 1
International Applicants: Fall -- April 1
Spring -- August 1

Application Process

Step 1 -- Materials to be submitted to WSU Graduate School:

Mailing Address: WSU Graduate School, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0004.
Phone: 316-978-3095     Email: gradinqu@wichita.edu

  1. Online application (Application for Admission to the WSU Graduate School). You may also download and mail the paper application.
  2. Application Fee.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. DO NOT send WSU transcripts.
    • If you attended a school in the U.S. that sends electronic transcripts, they should be sent directly to jane.hodge@wichita.edu (U.S. citizens) or jordan.oleson@wichita.edu (international students).
    • Applicants should check with the Graduate School for instructions on submitting transcripts from schools outside the U.S.
  4. Official examination scores sent directly from testing service.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • TOEFL or IELTS
    • TOEFL speaking componet or SPEAK

Step 2 -- Materials to be submitted to the CSD Department:

Mailing Address: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0075.
Phone: 316-978-3240     Email: csd@wichita.edu

  1. Letter of intent explaining professional goals related to obtaining a PhD in this field.
  2. Professional resume.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant's potential for successful completion of a research-based PhD.
  4. Sample of research and/or writing. (optional)

Note: An interview may be required after the initial review of the applicant's materials.

Step 3 (optional) -- Submit applications for financial support:
Details about departmental funding opportunities are available at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=csd&p=/financialaid. Links to the WSU Office of Financial Aid and external resources are also provided.