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Graduate Admission

NOTE: The following information was for the 2018 application and is for reference only. The 2019 application information is not available at this time. FOR 2019, PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK WILL REMAIN THE SAME. THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program by the ComD admissions committee, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the major or in the last 60 hours of course work for ComD Post-Baccalaureate students. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required. Admission is competitive. For Fall 2017, only 21% of applicants were accepted. The average GRE scores of those accepted were: 154 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 3.9 Writing. The average GPA in the major was 3.86, and the average overall GPA was 3.7.

The UH ComD Department does NOT participate in the UH GRE waiver program. The ComD Department requires GRE scores from ALL applicants. Applications that do not have GRE scores included will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for review.

GRE scores will be accepted up to 5 years after the test was taken (e.g., for Spring 2018 application, test scores from January 2014 or later will be accepted).

For admission in Fall 2018, the deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2018. We do not offer spring or rolling admissions.

Before You Apply to the Graduate Program

  1. POST-BACCALAUREATE LEVELING PROGRAM: Potential applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than Communication Disorders must complete a Post-Baccalaureate (PB) leveling program
  2. PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: Applicants must complete pre-requisite courses that provide a basic understanding of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing, as well as courses in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and statistics* (see note below). We strongly recommend that these be completed prior to entering the graduate program; otherwise, your starting semester and/or graduation may be delayed. Prerequisite courses include the following (or their equivalents):

SCIENCE & STATISTICS COURSEWORK: These are requirements from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Science courses do not have to have a laboratory component. Science courses cannot apply both to math/science requirements and ComD requirements (e.g., human anatomy cannot count both for biological science and for head/neck anatomy for communication). Each of these is required.

  1. Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy)
  2. Physical Science (e.g., physics, chemistry)
  3. Social Science (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology)
  4. Statistics*

*NOTE: As of August 2014, all applicants for certification in Speech-Language Pathology must have completed a statistics course. This replaces the previous requirement for a college-level algebra course.


  1. Anatomy & Physiology (A&P for speech & hearing; head & neck anatomy for SLPs, etc)
  2. Phonetics
  3. Speech and Language Development
  4. Speech and/or Language Disorders (can be in children or adults)
  5. Audiology
  6. Aural Rehabilitation
  7. Speech Science
  8. Clinical Procedures (Coursework that specifically encompasses these areas of communication disorders: therapy implementation, diagnostic process, ethics, and professionalism.)
  • Please note that ALL of the Communication Sciences and Disorders pre-requisite courses listed above must be completed before August 15th of the year you have been admitted, or your admission will be automatically deferred to the next admission cycle.
  • You must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of the Communication Sciences and Disorders pre-requisite courses listed above by January 1st of the year you are applying, or you will not be eligible to apply for that admissions cycle.

If you completed your undergraduate degree or leveling courses at a university other than the University of Houston you may be asked to submit syllabi from select courses. These will be reviewed to ensure that all required competencies have been achieved.

  1. UNDERGRADUATE COMPLETION DATE: Potential applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders that was granted more than 7 years before the anticipated date of admission to the program must re-take the following classes or their equivalents BEFORE applying to the graduate program:
    1. Speech and Language Development
    2. Speech and/or Language Disorders in Children
    3. Aural Rehabilitation
    4. Speech Science
    5. Clinical Procedures

These classes may be taken in the PB program. Students are required to apply to the PB program in the department prior to registering for any PB classes.

How to Apply to the Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston

Instructions for On-Line Application for All Applicants

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston will use CollegeNET for the processing of graduate applications. Proceed to Graduate School link below to create a CollegeNET account, submit an application, review a submitted application, and access post-submission functionality. To learn more about the process and to access the UH Graduate School application page, please click here.


To complete the application process, you will need to provide the following:

  1. An official transcript from EACH college from which you have received course credit even if past course work appears on a later transcript.
    • Transcripts will be sent to the University Graduate School rather than the ComD Department or the University Admissions Office (CollegeNet provides instructions on where to send transcripts).
  2. Letters of recommendation: Minimum of three.
    • CollegeNet that will prompt you to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. Once you have submitted that inforamtion, the CollegeNet system will send an automated email to your recommenders with instructions on how to submit letters.
  3. GRE scores. You must give ETS  the following code when submitting a request for official GRE scores: 6870
    • There will be a place in CollegeNet for you to self-report your unofficial GRE scores.
  4. An Updated Resume.
    • There will be a prompt in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your resume.
  5. A personal statement of interest that does not exceed two pages (double spaced).
    • There will be a section in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your personal statement.
  6. A Departmental application fee of $75. This fee should be paid online during the application process.

The CollegeNet Application must be completed by January 15. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the admissions process.

  • For questions about the ComD Graduate Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Michelle Ivey at or 713-743-7074.
  • Decision letters will be sent out by the Department in mid-March.
  • For questions about transcripts, and confirmation that application materials have been received, please contact the UH Graduate School at the following link: UH Graduate School. 
  • For technical questions about the application, please contact CollegeNet. The help desk information is located at the bottom of the online application menu, or you can click on the following link: CollegeNet Help desk.

International Applicants Only

In addition to the materials listed above, the International Admissions Office requires that you submit the following:

  1. TOEFL SCORES:  One official copy.
  1. A letter of FINANCIAL BACKING.
  1. The STATEMENT of UNDERSTANDING located in the application booklet.
  1. FEES: A $75.00 nonrefundable departmental processing fee and a $75 processing fee.


Part-Time Graduate Program

All applications (regardless of the applicant’s intent to be full-time or part-time) are subject to the same admissions criteria. Admissions decisions are made from the entire pool of applicants. AFTER admission to the graduate program in ComD, students indicate full-time vs. part-time status. See graduate curriculum page for more information.

More Information

  1. General questions about domestic or international admissions may be answered by visiting the Admissions page of the University of Houston website.
  2. Questions about the UH ComD application process should be directed to the Program Manager, Dr. Tashemia Jones.
  3. Questions about the UH ComD graduate program should be directed to Dr. Michelle Ivey, Graduate Program Coordinator.

After You are Admitted

  • ADMISSION STATUS: Students admitted under provisional status must not make any grade below a B- in class or below a B in clinic during the first semester in the program. A student who does not meet this provision will be dismissed from the program at the end of the first semester.
  • CONTINGENCIES: If you are admitted to the program, the admission offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of your undergraduate degree or any remaining undergraduate prerequisite classes. "Successful completion" is defined as a B- or better in all required courses. Failure to meet these requirements may result in a change to provisional status or revocation of your admission.