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The mission of the department is to provide comprehensive and evidence-based training for our students, to expand the field's knowledge base through rigorous scientific inquiry, and to build on the cultural and linguistic diversity of New York City to achieve these goals.

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 course work with supervised clinical experiences and a supervised practicum in which you’ll work with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with various severities of communication-related disorders. The program leads to eligibility for professional licensure as a speech pathologist.

You can choose to pursue this degree with a bilingual extension (see below).

An online program is also available. Please note that you must apply to the online program through a different application portal.


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 Deadline (on-campus program)
Spring: n/a
Summer: n/a
Fall: January 1* 

*Applications (including all materials) must be received by CSDCAS by January 1, 2020.

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

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5230

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 course work. Audiology is not offered at the master's level.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following grade point average (GPA) requirements, based on a 4.0 scale:

  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for baccalaureate studies
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA in any communicative sciences and disorders foundation courses you have taken

The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, and the GPA requirement is one of many factors that will affect your admissions decision. 

Candidates can only have one active application to NYU Steinhardt during each admission cycle. In other words, candidates can either have an on-campus application open or an online application open, but not both. This application is for the on-campus program only.

**Early Action Option for NYU Steinhardt CSD Undergraduates

Current students in NYU Steinhardt's undergraduate program in CSD (majors and minors) have the option to apply for early admission into the MS degree. The application for the Fall semester is November 15; please apply through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) portal by that date. Students who select this option will be informed of their admission decision at the end of December. If you are accepted you will still have until April 15th 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 admissions date of January 1.

Re-Application Guidelines 

Candidates who have previously applied to NYU Steinhardt's MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (on-campus or online) are required to submit a supplemental essay in addition to the standard application materials. Additionally, candidates must disclose prior applications and decisions to NYU regardless of the modality of their prior application. Please see the essay prompt in the "Prepare your Application" section.

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.

Your application will require the following items. You will apply through CSDCAS. You do not fill out a separate NYU Steinhardt graduate admissions application.

Your application will require the following items: your personal statement, a CV/resume, and two program essays. If you are re-applying, you are required to include a supplemental essay. Unless otherwise stated, all documents should be double-spaced, 11-point font or greater with 1-inch margins. Yot 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).

1. Prepare Your Application

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee at New York University. Your statement should describe your motivation for pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as your goals, interests, and career plans. We are also interested to learn which personal characteristics you believe will make you a successful graduate student at New York University.

(2-pages maximum, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) 


Please upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae. 2 pages maximum, does not have to be double-spaced or have 1-inch margins.

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. An academic letter of recommendation is from a professor, clinical instructor, and/or academic advisor. The recommender should have insight into your academic preparation and performance.

A professional letter of recommendation may be accepted in place of an academic source for those who have been out of school for five or more years.

You will submit the names and contact information for up to three references, who will then be notified to submit letters of recommendation via CSDCAS.


Request one official transcript 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. 

Applicants must meet at least one of the following grade point average (GPA) requirements (based on a 4.0 scale):

  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for baccalaureate studies

  • A minimum 3.2 GPA in any communicative sciences and disorders foundation courses you have taken

The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, and the GPA requirement is one of many factors that will impact your admissions decision.

Supplemental Essay

Supplemental Essay:  In your opinion, how does social media and the use of smartphones impact interpersonal relationships/communication?

(One page maximum, double-spaced, 1-inch margins)

Re-Application Essay

Re-Application Essay: If you are re-applying to NYU Steinhardt's CSD Program, please briefly describe the steps you have taken to strengthen your application since your last submission. Please include when you applied and what modality (on-campus or online).

(One page maximum, double-spaced, 1-inch margins)


Required. See detailed instructions on how to submit your GRE scores to CSDCAS. The GRE institution code for NYU Steinhardt for CSDCAS is 7449). Do not send GRE scores to NYU Steinhardt.  

Below is information about the interquartile range for GRE-verbal, GRE-quantitative, and GRE-writing of accepted applicants. This means that 25% of accepted students are below this range, 25% are above this range, and 50% fall within this range. In evaluating applications, we examine prospective students holistically, taking letters of recommendation and statements of purpose into consideration. 

  • GRE-verbal: 152–160
  • GRE-quantitative: 150–156
  • GRE-writing: 4.0–5.0
English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)

Please refer to Special Instructions for All International Applicants.

The TOEFL institution code for NYU Steinhardt for CSDCAS is C122). Do not send TOEFL scores to NYU Steinhardt.

CSDCAS  only accepts official scores from TOEFL. Therefore, if you have taken the IELTS, and/or PTE Academic to establish English Proficiency, please upload evidence as a supplemental document in CSDCAS. If admitted, you will be asked to send official scores to Graduate Admissions.  

2. Apply

CSDCAS Application

Start your application now

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.)

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.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted through CSDCAS 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 recommendation, by the application deadline.

Admissions Policy

Once a student enrolls in the on-campus or online program, they cannot switch between modalities. At the discretion of the Academic Advisor and the Admissions Committee, students admitted to the on-campus program may be eligible to switch to the online program prior to beginning their studies. Students admitted to the online program are not eligible to switch to the on-campus program given physical space limitations.

Candidates can only have one active application to NYU Steinhardt during each admission cycle. In other words, candidates can either have an on-campus application open or an online application open, but not both.  This application is for the on-campus program only.

Financial Aid

Please check out the Steinhardt Financial Aid page for detailed information about financial aid. There are also several scholarships available through Steinhardt. Most of these have a deadline of March 1. Also, please note that the FAFSA is due February 1.