Admission Requirements

Entry into communication disorders and sciences master’s programs is very competitive, with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. Meeting the requirements listed below does not guarantee admission into SUNY Cortland’s program.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application. Review of applications begins Feb. 1.

  2. Forward all official transcripts from higher education institutions attended directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of a bachelor’s degree conferred in the major prior to the start of their academic program.

  3. A typewritten statement of 250 words or less demonstrating commitment to and interest in the profession of speech-language pathology. The applicant should demonstrate an ability to write clearly and well.

  4. A résumé must be submitted online with the application.

  5. A minimum of three recommendation forms and letters, including at least two from instructors in the major. The recommendation form is available through the online application.

  6. Official score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Verbal, math, and writing sections.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Minimum 3.0 grade point average, both cumulatively and in the major.

  2. GRE scores.

  3. Must be in the process of earning or have earned an undergraduate B.S. or B.A. in any of the following majors: Speech-language Pathology and Audiology, Speech Pathology, Communication Disorders, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders.

  4. Must have completed content in the following areas: Normal Language Development; Phonetics; Speech Science; Audiology; Articulation and Language Disorders; Aural Rehabilitation; Hearing Science/Anatomy and Physiology; Biological Science; Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics); and Statistics.

  5. Must have completed Liberal Arts course work in the following areas:
  • Artistic Expression/Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • Communication (3 credit hours)
  • Information Retrieval (0-3 credit hours)
  • Concepts in History/Social Science (3 credit hours)
  • Language other than English (6 credit hours)
  • Scientific Processes (3 credit hours)
  • Mathematical Processes (3 credit hours)
  • Literature, Analysis and Written Expression (6 credit hours)

6. Additional coursework related to teacher certification in New York state (courses or equivalents) is required prior to graduation:

  • Health 110: Personal and Community Health
  • Psychology 332: Educational Psychology
  • Education 496/596: Organization of Speech/Language/Hearing programs in the schools
  • Psychology courses related to normal/typical development

Once the Graduate Admissions Office receives all of the required documents, your application will be forwarded to the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. A committee consisting of at least three department members will evaluate each application.

Students who have content deficits in Area No. 5 (liberal arts requirements) and Area No. 6 (teacher education requirements) may receive a provisional acceptance to the program and will be required to complete the additional coursework prior to graduation.

Admission Statistics (2013-2017)

   Cohort Year   

   Overall GPA   

   Major GPA   

   GRE Verbal   

   GRE Quantitative   

   GRE Writing   

2013

3.5

3.45

147

147

3.6

2014

3.56

3.56

147

144

4

2015

3.6

3.59

152

146

3.9

2016

3.61

3.62

146

148

4

2017

3.59

3.54

149

145

3.9

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Contact Us

Graduate Coordinator: Ann Blanton
Department Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
Phone: 607-753-5423
Fax: 607-753-5940