To be considered for the M.S./Ph.D. program, you must first apply and be accepted to the M.S. program. Please see the M.S. program requirements for more detailed information.
The admissions committee will initially evaluate M.S./Ph.D. applications with all other applicants to the M.S. program. After initial admissions decisions have been made, the committee will then perform a secondary review of students who have indicated interest in the M.S./Ph.D. program within the online supplemental application.
It’s important that you contact professor(s) before applying to the M.S./Ph.D. program. We believe it’s highly valuable if you have some pre-application interaction with your potential advisor(s).
The Communication Sciences and Disorders website includes a faculty directory and lab overviews. We urge applicants to examine labs and to look carefully at relevant professor research areas. We urge you to read some publications by any professor(s) whose research appears to be compatible with your grad study goals, and who, therefore, could potentially become your advisor. We highly encourage you, after examining the profiles, and before applying, to contact the professor(s) whose interests best match your own. Most professors will make themselves available to exchange emails.
If you are admitted as an M.S. student, but NOT into the M.S./Ph.D. program:
- You may apply again to the program by January 1 of your first year of graduate study.
- You must make your application in writing, addressed to the Admissions Committee, and accompanied by a letter from the academic advisor who has ag
- reed to mentor you.
- If you are accepted into the M.S./Ph.D. program at that time, you will meet with a clinical advisor to modify your existing clinical plan.
Fall Application Deadline: January 1st
All potential M.S./Ph.D. applicants must meet the Graduate School’s admission requirements, as well as department-specific requirements.
Graduate School Requirements
UW-Madison Graduate School Requirements for Admission
- A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0=A); however, the students we accept into the program typically have much higher GPAs
You must complete the following undergraduate courses before beginning graduate course work:
||Normal Aspects of Hearing
||Language Development in Children and Adolescents
||Phonetics and Phonological Development
||Voice, Craniofacial and Fluency Disorders
||Introduction to Audiology
||Pre-Clinical Observation of Children and Adults
||Child Language Disorders, Assessment and Intervention
In addition to the above courses, you will need a course in each of the following areas:
- Biological sciences
- Physical sciences (chemistry or physics)
- Social/behavioral sciences
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards now specify that a course in each of these areas is required for ASHA certification. For additional details, visit ASHA’s website Standard IV-A.
If you choose to complete prerequisites at UW-Madison before applying for graduate study, you must apply to the Capstone Program. These courses typically can be completed within two semesters. Equivalent courses from another university or department will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Letters of Recommendation
These letters should address your potential for academic success in graduate school. At least two should come from instructors who have knowledge of your academic performance. The third may come from a clinical supervisor, employer, or other individual who has knowledge of your academic potential and likelihood for success in graduate school. No more than three.
Reasons for Graduate Study
This is an opportunity for you to highlight experiences, related skills, and personal attributes which make you an exceptional candidate. 1-3 pages, single-spaced.
UW-Madison charges a non-refundable $75 application fee that must be paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa) or debit card. In addition to the $75 application fee, non U.S. citizens will be charged a $6.00 international document processing fee.
There are also limited application fee grants available. Check the UW-Madison Graduation Application Fee grants to see if you qualify. Please note that fee grant applications must be submitted before you application and can take two weeks to process so you should plan to submit fee grant applications by December 1st with consideration of holidays.
CV or Resume
Include honors and awards
Upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts. These show grades earned at every college or university you have attended, including study abroad. If admitted, the Graduate School will request official transcripts.
Complete the supplemental application found in the online application. This is where you will show us how you fulfilled the prerequisites by matching your courses to the prerequisite courses. It is in this section of the application that you will indicate that you are applying to the M.S./Ph.D. program and what your research interests are and which faculty you would like to work with.
Official TOEFL Scores
Use institution code 1846. You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date. Only official scores, submitted directly from ETS, from within the last five years and submitted by the application deadline will be accepted.
If your native language is not English, or your undergraduate instruction was not in English, a TOEFL score is required. Use institution code 1846. You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date. Only official scores, submitted directly from ETS, from within the last five years and submitted by the application deadline will be accepted.
- Submit all materials one week prior to deadline. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
- File your application early. Do not wait until you can gather all your materials. It is better to file early and send additional items as they become available.
- Track your application status. After submission of your application, you will receive a link to a personal web page where you can track your application status. We update this page as we receive your materials, usually within two weeks of receipt.
- For more information, review the UW-Madison Graduate School “Steps to Apply” and “Admissions FAQ”.