LSU’s MA program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers advanced study in speech-language pathology. The Department accepts new graduate students only in the Fall semester; deadline for receipt of applications is February 1 (or the following Monday if the first falls on a week-end). Refer to the ASHA Prerequisite Courses Form form that states the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology. Upon acceptance, your ASHA Prerequisite Courses Form should be returned to our department no later than May 31st.
A complete application, must be submitted to the Graduate School through an on-line system at gradapply.lsu.edu. This should include:
- Completed on line graduate application form containing a brief summary regarding your career objectives (i.e., purpose statement).
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. The GRE has been WAIVED for 2021 and 2022 admissions. Previously, we recommended a cumulative quantitative and verbal score of 297 or better. If you decide to send your GRE score, when requesting GRE scores be sent to LSU, applicants are encouraged to select the LSU code 6373. All GRE scores are sent to LSU’s graduate school rather than our department. If applicants select the department code, the GRE will still be sent to LSU’s graduate school. Final GRE scores should be submitted prior to Feb 1st. BUT.....THE GRE HAS BEEN WAIVED FOR 2021 AND 2022 ADMISSIONS.
- Official transcript, with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, on a 4.0 scale. LSU students do not need to send transcripts to us. Students who transferred to LSU before graduating do not need to send transcripts from previous schools.
- A purpose statement is required as part of the on-line application. Statements of purpose will be scored on three criteria: (1) knowledge of the field, (2) professional goals, and (3) overall writing abilities (review guidelines for writing a quality statement of purpose). An additional writing sample that demonstrates relevant research experiences, clinical experiences, critical thinking, and/or writing abilities is optional but encouraged. Both are loaded through the on-line application system. A 1-2 page statement with standard formatting (single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font) is recommended.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's potential for success in academic coursework and clinical practica, as well as the student's character and motivation. Letters from previous clinical supervisors, instructors of communication disorders courses, directors of labs in which the student volunteered, or supervisors from sites where the candidate conducted volunteer activities in a related area are rated higher than recommendations that cannot directly speak to the potential for success in the field. The on-line system has IT support that should be used if letter writers have difficulty with the on-line system.
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Students must receive a minimum score of 550 (paper) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (213 computer, 80 internet versions). Additionally, international students who plan to participate in clinical practica and work toward national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association must demonstrate communication skills sufficient to achieve effective clinical and professional interaction with clients/patients and relevant others,. If a student who is accepted into the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program exhibits exceptional difficulty with one or more of the tasks required in clinical service delivery (e.g., speech perception, speech/language modeling, comprehending speech or language produced by individuals with disorders, writing clinic reports, counseling families, etc.) the student will be asked to address these through a remediation plan (e.g., therapy for accent modification, perceptual training, etc. as needed). It is possible that the remediation plan could extend the student’s program by a semester or more.
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Funding and Assistantships
Although graduate funds for the MA program are extremely competitive, we routinely nominate incoming MA students for assistantships whenever they come available. To facilitate our nominations as early as possible, please make sure to email us your gender, race, or participation in the McNair Undergraduate Research Program if this information was not included in your application.
COMD and LSU offers a broad range of assistantships across campus. More than 76% of our current MA students have received funding while enrolled at LSU via graduate assistantships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, external scholarships/fellowships, and/or diversity scholarships. LSU agencies that have offered funding have included the Career Center for Academic Success, Olinde Career Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Disability Services, Continuing Education, and departments such as Psychology, Experimental Statistics, and Communication Sciences and Disorders.
View a full listing of current openings. Availability, eligibility, and application deadlines may vary based on the nature of the position.
Graduate Student Tuition Awards
The Graduate School Tuition Awards (GSTAs) are used to promote diversity on the LSU A&M campus. The Board of Supervisors has provided these awards for several groups of newly admitted graduate students: 1) historically under-represented domestic minorities; 2) international students from under-represented countries (see below); 3) international students from Latin American; 4) graduates of McNair Programs. The graduate dean may award up to 200 tuition exemptions to entering graduate students from underrepresented groups. These tuition awards provide for an exemption from either or both the resident and nonresident fee. Recipients are responsible for paying required University Fees. Preference will be given to African Americans and citizens of Latin American countries. Students must be regularly admitted to a graduate program at LSU and be nominated by their department. Only newly admitted degree-seeking students may be nominated. Students may qualify and receive this award for first master’s or first doctoral degree. Full time enrollment is required fall and spring. Summer exemptions are available.
Huel D. Perkins Fellowship (PhD)
Huel D. Perkins Fellowships in the amount of $20,000 per student per fiscal year may be authorized at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate School when funds are available. These fellowships are intended to support the LSU and national goals of increasing the numbers of historically under-represented groups in graduate schools, including, but not limited to: 1) first-generation college students from low-income families, 2) African American/Black, 3) Hispanic American, 4) American Indian, 5) Alaskan Native, 6) Native Hawaiians and 7) other U.S. Pacific Islanders. Undergraduate students who participated in McNair Scholars Programs, NSF AGEP Programs, NIH BUILD Programs and similar Federal programs to promote diversity should be considered for these fellowships, though such past participation is not a requirement. All recipients must be newly entering doctoral students at the time of the appointment. Students will be considered based on the academic and non-academic strengths and achievements of all eligible students. The extent to which the student contributes to the diversity of the graduate program and in the field of study may also be considered. A selection committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School will review nominations from departments or applications for graduate study on an on-going basis when fellowships are available. Approximately ten (10) awards will be awarded in any fiscal year. The selection committee shall review each nominee’s file, giving consideration to all academic and non-academic strengths and achievements, and the ways a nominee might contribute to a diverse educational environment, including the applicant’s personal statement of their expectations of graduate study. Departments will be requested to provide input wherever possible.
Awards for financial assistance are made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, degrees held (B.A., M.A.). letters of recommendation, GRE scores and clinical/scholastic interests. The department awards teaching/research assistantships primarily, but not exclusively, to Ph.D. candidates. Applications for financial assistance should be included with the application for admission.