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PhD Admissions

Admission Requirements

The SDSU/UCSD joint doctoral program in Language and Communicative Disorders, being interdisciplinary, draws from a variety of disciplines including communicative sciences and disorders, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, engineering, or other related sciences. Students should have adequate preparation in mathematics, statistics and biological sciences. A background in neurosciences and/or language sciences, or language disorders is helpful, but not required for admission.

  • Students must meet the general admission requirements for both universities. Generally, these include: (a) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; (b) a GPA of at least 3.25 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) credits of upper division and/or graduate courses; (c) good standing in the last institution attended; (d) suitable scores in the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination, general test; and (e) submission of appropriate application forms and supporting materials as outlined below.
  • The policy of the program concerning students with advanced degrees (M.A., M.S.) is that they enter the program at the same level as all other students. Any student has the right to attempt to waive a specific class requirement. Such waivers must have the consent of the instructor and approval of the Program Directors.
  • Students applying to the Joint Doctoral Program must be admitted by both SDSU and UCSD. Do not send any application materials to UCSD. If admitted to the program, UCSD will send additional materials to be completed. Payment of a UCSD application fee will be required at that time.

Fall 2015 Application Guidelines

Students are admitted only in the Fall.

The application period opens October 1. Deadline for receipt (not postmark) of all application materials, including the supplemental department application, transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores  is January 12.  The first step in the application process is to submit the CSU Mentor application by December 15.

NOTE:  Application files not received by the program deadline of January 12 will not be reviewed.

Submit the California State University (CSUMentor) On-line Application *by December 15th*

NOTE: The CSUMentor application must be completed first. Upon completion, SDSU will e-mail you a Student Red ID # in 10-15 business days and directions on how to set up your WebPortal account.  Via WebPortal, you will be able to follow the processing of your application by both Enrollment Services and the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department. Enrollment Services will send e-mail updates every 2 weeks to students with incomplete files.

You will need to put this Red ID # on your School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Application.

DO NOT BEGIN SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR RED ID #, WHICH MEANS THAT ENROLLMENT SERVICES HAS SET UP YOUR ELECTRONIC FILE.

 

 Submit One Set of Official Transcripts From All Institutions Attended *Must be received by Enrollment Services by January 12th*

  • Mail to:
    Enrollment Services
    Graduate Admission Document Processing Unit
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

NOTE: Do not submit transcripts to Enrollment Services prior to submitting the CSUMentor On-line application and receiving your Red ID.

NOTE: Submit transcripts for those courses completed and graded.  Do not wait until Fall grades are posted to request transcripts if doing so will cause you to miss the Jan 12 deadline.  Documents submitted after Jan 12 will not be processed.  If admitted, you will be required to submit your final transcript during your first semester at SDSU.

NOTE: INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS–If you have international coursework, you must have your school send SDSU Graduate Admissions one official original-language copy of all records of academic coursework and proof of degree.  For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original language documents. Country-specific guidelines can be found on the SDSU Graduate Admissions website:  http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html.

Begin the process early to assure consideration of your application. Admission decisions are made in March. Email notifications of admission decisions are sent by April 1.

  1. JDP Program and Application Booklet 2015 (pdf)
    Consult the booklet for application details and checklist.
  2. CSUMentor applicationDue December 15
  3. JDP Program applicationDue January 12
  4. JDP Letter of Recommendation Form (docx, updated 8/15/2014) - Due January 12
  5. JDP Statement of Purpose Form 2014 (docx) - Due January 12

Doctoral program applicants may also apply to our NIH-funded training grant:  Neurocognitive Approaches to Communication Disorders.

Questions and/or Comments?

See the PhD Contact page.