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Application Timeline

The graduate school application opens to applicants on October 1.

For full consideration of funding, all application materials must be received by December 15.

Final application deadline is February 1.


Application Materials

  1. If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at

    NOTE: If you hold a master's degree from Penn State, or you are currently enrolled in a Penn State master's program, the application process is different due to your status as a Penn State graduate student.  Please contact the graduate program administrative assistant for more information on the application process.

  2. If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at
  3. You will be asked to upload the following documents:
    a. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    b. Statement of purpose/personal statement
    c. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate. For those applicants still completing their undergraduate degree, official transcripts must include their fall semester course work. Notarized copies are not sufficient. International applicants must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if the records are not in English.
  4. GRE scores (must have been taken within the past five years) are submitted electronically directly to the Graduate School using code 2660.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable, are submitted electronically to the Graduate School using code 2660.

CV and Personal Statement

All applicants must submit a typed curriculum vitae and a typed personal statement. To the extent permitted by the current development of your plans, the personal statement should be a letter of intent documenting the applicant's scholarly interests, career goals, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree, including the following:

  1. Your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree
  2. Your scholarly interests
  3. Your background and experience that bring you to these interests
  4. Your long-term career goals
  5. What you consider to be your strengths
  6. What you consider to be your challenges
  7. How attending a doctoral program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State University will help you meet your goals.

Application Decisions

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. An oral interview with members of the graduate faculty is required of all doctoral applicants either in person or via telephone conference call. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in writing.