Graduate Application Guide

Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSDM-MS)

Drawing from linguistics, psychology, physiology, and physical science, the field of communicative sciences and disorders is dedicated to understanding and minimizing the impact of disordered speech, language, hearing, and swallowing processes in children and adults. This master of science curriculum combines coursework with supervised clinical experiences and a supervised practicum in which you’ll work with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse background with various severities of communication-related disorders. The program leads to eligibility for professional licensure as a speech pathologist.

You can choose to the pursue this degree with a bilingual extension (see below). An online option is also available for the degree. The online program offers rolling admissions.


Academic Plan Code:  CSDM
Degree: MS
Credits: 48
Academic Load: Full-time only



Academic Plan Code:  CSDM
Academic Sub-Plan Code:  BIL001
Degree: MS
Credits: 55
Academic Load:  Full-time only

Application Deadlines (Campus Program)
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: January 1* 

*All materials need to be submitted by January 1 to CSDCAS to guarantee the materials are 'verified' by the CSDCAS team by the February 1 deadline published on the CSDCAS application.

** See early action option for current NYU CSD undergraduates below.

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

Each year, NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders welcomes several dozen college graduates from science and other liberal arts backgrounds from across the country to join its MS program. If you do not have a background in communicative sciences and disorders, you may have to take additional coursework. Audiology is not offered at the master's level.

**Early Action Option for NYU Steinhardt CSD Undergraduates

Current students in NYU Steinhardt's undergraduate program in CSD now have an option to apply for early admission into the MS program. The application deadline for early admissions for Fall semester is November 15. Students who select this option will be informed of their admission decision on December 15. If you are given early acceptance into the program, you will still have until April 15 to submit your deposit. Financial aid packages will not be fully available until mid-March.

NYU Steinhardt's CSD undergraduates are not required to apply for early admission and can also submit their graduate application on the regular admission date of January 1.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. You will apply through CSDCAS (the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service). You do not fill out a separate NYU Steinhardt graduate admissions application.

Your application will require the following items: Personal Essay, CV/Resume, and two Program Essays. Unless otherwise stated, all documents should be double-spaced, 11 point font or greater with 1-inch margins. Each applicant can upload a total of 5 MB per document. The accepted file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). 

Personal Essay 

The personal essay is a statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your particular program. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the Admissions Committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits. Be sure to include your name on each page of the statement. 2 pages maximum. 


Please upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae. 2 pages maximum, does not have to be double-spaced.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit a maximum of three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must come from academic sources. 

You will submit the names and contact information for 3-5 references, which will then be notified to submit letters of recommendation via CSDCAS. See detailed instructions.


Request one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended to be mailed to CSDCAS by the institution's registrar. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.

Program Essays (2 separate files, each essay must be 1 page maximum)

Essay #1: Describe a unique perspective, skill set, or life experience you have. Articulate how it might benefit your potential classmates, enhance discourse in the classroom, and/or contribute to the NYU communicative sciences and disorders community. 1 page maximum.

Essay #2: Based on what you've learned about the NYU communicative sciences and disorders master's program through your application process, please name two faculty members whose research or fieldwork you are most interested in and why. 1 page maximum.


Required. See detailed instructions on how to submit your GRE scores to CSDCAS. The GRE institution code for NYU Steinhardt for CSDCAS is 7449).




2. Apply

CSDCAS Application

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You will apply through CSDCAS only. You do not need to fill out a separate NYU Steinhardt application.

(The CSDCAS application portal is for our on-campus program. See Speech@NYU to apply for our online program.)

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.