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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 2014 Application Guidelines

Students are admitted only in the Fall.

The application period opens October 1. Deadline for receipt (not postmark) of all application materials is January 20. Deadline for receipt (not postmark) of transcripts and GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores is February 1.

NOTE: The PhD program deadlines DIFFER FROM and are EARLIER THAN those posted by SDSU Graduate Admissions. THE PhD PROGRAM DEADLINES GOVERN. Application files not received by the program deadlines will not be reviewed.

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 2014 (pdf)
    Consult the booklet for application details and checklist.
  2. CSUMentor application
  3. JDP Program application
  4. JDP Letter of Recommendation Form (docx)
  5. JDP Statement of Purpose Form 2014 (docx)

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.