Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders
West Chester University
Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA 19383
Who May Apply?
An applicant must have completed (or be in the process of completing) an undergraduate degree or its equivalent in communication sciences and disoreders. Please click here for a detailed description of admission requirements:.Admission Requirements Information
Items Required for Application
To apply to the MA degree program, you must submit the items listed below. Forms required for the first two items can be accessed by clicking on the links provided.
1. University Application form
This form is only available on–line at WCU's Office of Graduate Studies website.
2. Communication Sciences and Disorders Supplemental Application form
3. Official Academic Transcripts
Applicants must provide one official academic transcript from each institution where undergraduate coursework was completed. If a graduate degre was completed in another discipline, an official copy of this transcriipt must also be provided. All transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at the address provided below. Alternatively, they may be sent to the applicant. If they are sent to the applicant, they must be maintained in their sealed envelopes and included in the application packet to be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
Applicants must instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their official GRE scores directly to WCU's Office of Graduate Studies at the address provided below.
5. Letters of Recommendation
An applicant to the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program must ask two (2) recommenders to support the application. Electronic letters are preferred but paper letters will be accepted. A link to the electronic recommendation form will be sent to each recommender after the applicant has entered the name and e-mail address of each recommender into the applicant’s on-line application form. Paper letters of recommendation must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at the address provided below. Questions about this process can be addressed by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies at GradStudy@wcupa.edu or at 610-436-2943.
6. Personal Statement (aka Goal Statement, Essay)
Applicants must provide a personal statement describing their academic and professional goals. This statement must indicate how an applican'ts experiences thus far have led him or her to these goals and how WCU will support his or her goal achievement. The personal statement may be no morer than 500 words in length.
7. Structured Vita
The purpose of the Structured Vita is to provide the admissions committee with information about an applicant's experiences beyond the academic requirements of the undergraduate program. Detailed directions for creating a structured vita are provided at the following link: Structured Vita
Important Additional Information
1. Office of Graduate Studies
ALL application materials must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). Do NOT send them to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The OGS address is as follows:
Office of Graduate Studies
102 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383.
Questions about whether an applicant's materials have been received must be directed to the Office of Gradute Studies (OGS), OGS can tell you whether portions of your application have been received (e.g., transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.). The phone number of OGS is 610-436-2943.
2. Self-Managed Application Protocol
The University uses a self-managed application protocol. This means that an applicant is responsible for gathering the above application materials and sending them (or arranging to have them sent) to the Office of Graduate Studies. As indicated above, some items (e.g., academic transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation) may be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies by the agencies or individuals from which they originate. The remaining items must be sent by you to the Office of Graduate Studies in a single packet. Please also see the university application form for further instructions regarding the delivery of your application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
3. Application Deadline - January 15
The Office of Graduate Studies must receive all application materials no later than January 15th for an applicant to be considered for admission in the following fall semester.
Note that the CSD graduate program accepts new students only once a year in the fall semester. There is no new-student enrollment in the spring or summer. Therefore, all applications received by 1/15 will be processed in consideration of the fall semester of the same calendar year.
4. How to verify that application materials have been received
To receive confirmation that application materials have been received, applicants may contact the Office of Graduate Studies via e-mail at GradStudy@wcupa.edu or via phone at 610-436-2943.
5. Receiving information from CSD about the status of an application
The process of informing applicants about the status of their application extends from the end of March through early August. Like all graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), WCU's program typically receives many more excellent applications than there are seats in the program. Also, as is typical of most graduate programs, not all of the applicants who are invited to join the program accept the invitation. To manage these variables, invitations are extended in rounds based on the following schedule:
Round 1 - Invitations are extended at the end of March and recipients must decide by April 15
Round 2 - Invitations are extended by about April 18 and recipients must decide by about April 26
Round 3 - Invitations are extended between about 4/26 and 7/1. Recipients must decide within 1
or 2 days of receiving their invitations. If there is a change in contact information since
the submission of an application, applicants must send the updated information by e-
mailing the Graduate Program Coordinator: MareileKoenig@Gmail.com
Round 4 - Invitations are extended bytween about 7/2 and 8/15. Recipients must decide within 1 or 2
days of receiving their invitations. (Again, if there is a change in contact information since
the submission of an application, please send the updated information by e-mailing the
Graduate Program Coordinator: MareileKoenig@Gmail.com)
If an applicant does not receive an invitation during Round 1 but meets the criteria for being accepted into the program, his or her name will automatically be placed on a Wait List for consideration during Rounds 2, 3 or Round 4.
If an applicant does not meet the criteria for being accepted into WCU's program, he or she will be notified by April 30th.
If an applicant qualifies for admission but remains on the wait list after the program has been filled, he or she will be notified by about August 15th and possibly sooner..
6. Daytime Classes
Full-time and part-time students must be available for daytime classes.
7. Questions about Prerequisites for Admission or Program Components
If you have questions about the structure and content of the MA program please click on the FAQS tab of the Graduate Program menu
8. Financial Aid
Information about financial aid is available at the following website:
9. Graduate Assistantships (GAs)
A limited number of half-time GAs are available for Communication Sciences and Disorders students. An assistantship provides a waiver for half of the tuition and it provides a stipend. In return, GAs provide 10 hours of work per week under the supervision of a professor within the Department. To be eligible for a GA position, applicants must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application Form with the online university application. The award of GAs is generally made in August.
Questions about the general application form or about the application for Graduate Assistantship should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at 610-436-2943.
Questions about the receipt of application materials should be addressed to the Office of Gradute Studies at 610-436-2943.
For information regarding the application process that has not been addressed by the information above, please contact Dr. Mareile Koenig, the Graduate Program Coordinator for Communication Sciences and Disorders. at MareileKoenig@Gmail.com.