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Updated 4/29/2020


On behalf of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service, we hope that you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We understand the admissions challenges that the CSD education community and applicants are facing as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to reassure all in our CSD admissions community that we are in this together and that CAPCSD and CSDCAS are working to provide resources and support. This webpage will provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on CSDCAS and the CSD admissions process.

Currently, CSDCAS operations remain open and functioning at full capacity. The application processing team continues to verify and release completed applications to designated programs. Additionally, the customer support teams for programs and applicants continue to provide uninterrupted service.

Liaison has provided additional COVID -19 updates and FAQs for all CAS applicants and participating programs

The current 2019-2020 application cycle is still open in CSDCAS and will remain open until July 1st. Programs that have a need to extend deadlines or re-open applications are encouraged to do so.

The upcoming 2020-21 application cycle opened for program portal configuration on April 21st and should be completed by June 16th for review. CSDCAS opens to applicants on July 15, 2020.

As updates regarding the CSD admissions process for SLP and Audiology programs become available, they will be shared here.

Additional COVID-19 Questions in the Core CSDCAS Application

Beginning with the launch of the 2020-2021 cycle, we have added these additional COVID-19 related questions. They will appear in the first quadrant of the application.

Did your school move to offering only online curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis?

    • Yes
    • No
    • N/A

Did you receive a pass/fail grade for any of your courses taken during the COVID-19 crisis?

    • Yes
    • No
    • N/A
    • If yes, Were you required to take the course as pass/fail or did you have the option to choose a letter grade or a pass/fail grade?
      • Required to take the course as pass/fail
      • Chose to take the course as pass/fail

Please describe how COVID-19 has impacted your pathway to graduate school. (2500 characters maximum)

Items to consider incorporating in your response may include, but are not limited to:

Academic: Were you able to interact with your professors? Did you have to leave an academic program stateside or abroad? Did your school require you to move to pass/fail grading systems? Did your GRE exam get cancelled or delayed? Other academic barriers?
Professional: Did you hold a job? Did have to seek new job opportunities? Did you lose a job? Other financial or professional barriers that you faced?
Personal: Did you have to move out of a house or dorm? Did you have to cancel travel plans? Did you modify your planned experiences related to healthcare or volunteer opportunities? Did you seek out volunteer opportunities that arose from the crisis? Did you assist any family or community members that were affected?

These questions will be optional for applicants to answer.

CAPCSD COVID-19 Guidance on the National April 15th Deadline for Student Acceptance of Admission

Given the challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPCSD maintains its support of students not being required to confirm acceptance decisions prior to April 15th. If individual programs wish to extend their deadlines beyond April 15th, they are free to do so on their own.

As an organization, CAPCSD passed a resolution supporting the notion of students not being required to confirm acceptance of admission or financial aid offers until April 15 for the upcoming fall term admission. This decision was in line with the guidelines of the Council of Graduate Schools, an organization whose membership includes most CAPCSD member institutions.

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