communication sciences

communication sciences Graduate Admissions

COSI Graduate Admissions Information

Application Procedure

Master's and Doctoral Students

On Line Applications

Applicants are encouraged to apply to our program on-line by accessing the On-Line Application link on the School of Graduate Studies website at


The application consists of and must include the following:



Application Form

The Application Form is designed to provide our department with all documentation necessary (except official test score reports) to make admission and financial aid decisions. 

Recommendations and Statement of Objectives can be done electronically as part of the application.  All appropriate application materials must be sent to the department.

Statement of Objectives

There is no specific form--you should put "Statement of Objectives" as the heading of the document. The statement should be one or two pages and should include your purpose in undertaking graduate work and an explanation of your study and research interests as they related your undergraduate/graduate study and professional goals. Your complete name and the major field of study to which application is being made should be included at the top of each page.  This may be uploaded with your application.


Academic Transcripts

You are required to identify all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended on your application form, and to submit an official transcript from each institution. The colleges or universities should mail official transcripts directly to you to be submitted, unopened, with the application. (If that is against the institution's policy, the transcripts can be mailed directly to the program or department). If admitted while you are completing a degree, you must arrange to have the final transcript with degree posted sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the Graduate School is conditional on final certification of degrees awarded. All transcripts, or academic records, must be official documents. If not issued directly by the university as original documents, they should be notarized full-sized photocopies. All official certification of each degree is also required. Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations into English.


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters or recommendation must be submitted from those individuals sufficiently familiar with you, and who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. Letters should be from your most recent instructors in your proposed field of study. If you have been out of school for several years, one letter may be from your employer, supervisor, or other person familiar with your most recent activities. Letters of recommendation can be completed and submitted when using the on-line application process. 


Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted.
This payment can be made with a credit card at the time of submission.


A Minimum 3.0 GPA is required.



The Program of Communication Sciences requires you to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Score reports will be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the Educational Testing Service. Official score reports designated for receipt by the University (Code 1105) will be coordinated with your application by the School of Graduate Studies Office. The Program of Communication Sciences recommends a minimum GRE score requirement in the 64th percentile for verbal and a minimum score of 4.0 for writing/analytic.



Based on the review of the applicant's written materials, the admissions committee selects prospective students who are invited to campus for an interview with the faculty and supervisory staff during the spring semester.  Admission decisions are based on the applicant's written materials and interview.


International Students

The School of Graduate Studies requires that international students whose first language is not English demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and earn a minimum paper based (PBT) score of 577, and internet based (IBT) of 90.  International applicants cannot be admitted to full standing without receipt of an acceptable official TOEFL score. Test scores are valid for two years after the test date.  GRE test scores are valid for five years.

International students must submit an affidavit of support indicating sufficient funds to cover the expenses for tuition and living expenses for one academic year. There is no specific form for the affidavit of support. Bank statements and other supporting financial documents will suffice. For further information contact International Studies Services by telephone at (216) 368-2517.


Application Submission

The Department of Psychological Sciences, Program of Communication Sciences accepts applications for the Fall semester only. Applications will not be accepted for review after January 31st. All appropriate application materials may be assembled and sent in an envelope and should be properly addressed to the Department of Psychological Sciences, Program of Communication Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 11635 Euclid Avenue Room 333, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7154.  Please do not send the appropriate application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.  Again, we recommend that you do not submit application materials separately. Please wait until you have all required materials before sending.


If you are admitted to the program, you are admitted only for the term specified in the letter of admission. If you are unable to enroll in the semester for which you were initially admitted, you may request to postpone matriculation up to two regular academic semesters. In such cases, the Department may accept or reject your request and the terms of readmission may differ from the original offer. If a delay of more than two semesters is requested, your file must be reviewed and reevaluated by the Department. If more than two years elapse since acceptance, you must reapply in the same manner as a new applicant. Because non-enrolled applicant files are only kept for a maximum of two years, all documentation will have to be resubmitted.


Financial Aid

The Program of Communication Sciences offers financial aid in the form of a tuition waiver which is applied directly to the cost of tuition. In order to be considered for this aid, please indicate in the appropriate box on Part A Application Form that you are applying for financial assistance from the University. U.S. citizens can also apply for Federal financial aid and receive student loans. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office by telephone, (216) 368-4530 or visit the web site at


Leveling Students

Students interested in applying to the graduate program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders however; they are required to take additional undergraduate coursework to meet the requirements for ASHA certification. Although the actual number of classes will vary depending on the student’s prior area of study, the following courses or their equivalent are required:

COSI 211 Phonetics and Phonology

COSI 313 Language Development

COSI 321 Speech and Hearing Sciences

COSI 325 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech

COSI 352 Introduction to Clinical Practice


In addition, prospective leveling students must have completed one course in the biological sciences, one course in the physical sciences, and one non-remedial math course to be considered for admission to the graduate program.

(Some of the following information referenced above has been excerpted from the School of Graduate Studies Application for Admission).


If you have any questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please e-mail or call the department at 216-368-2470.