FAQs: Applying to the M.A. SLP program at UConn

Why is UConn using CSDCAS for the 2016-2017 application cycle?

The decision to use CSDCAS was motivated by many factors with the goal of promoting a more efficient way to process admissions decisions with respect to applicants’ time and time of faculty members who are involved in writing letters and serving on admissions committees. This year will mark a tipping point where over 50% of MA SLP programs in the United States are using CSDCAS, which makes this system a viable option for a centralized application process similar to that used in other allied-heath fields. The collective burden on students and faculty would be greatly reduced should a fully centralized system come to fruition, which would promote a better application process all around.

Why do I have to manually enter my transcript on CSDCAS even though I send official transcripts?

This process, while tedious, promotes a more fair evaluation of students across majors and universities in that performance in a physics pre-requisite, for example, can be compared across students even if the course numbers or universities differ. This process also allows students to be evaluated based on custom reporting for our program, such as examining performance in the major class (i.e., excluding general education classes).  Please follow the instructions on CSDCAS carefully when entering your transcript information.  Mistakes made here can often delay your application, and we will not review your application until CSDCAS marks the application as “Complete”.

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

The average GPA for our admitted student’s is around 3.70.

What are the average GRE scores for applicants?

On average, our admitted applicants have a cumulative GRE score of 300 for the verbal and quantitative section. We look for at least a 3.5 or better on the written portion of the GRE.

How many students do you admit each year?

While our program is growing, our average incoming class size is approximately 20 students. This allows us to give you the personalized attention and hands-on clinical experiences necessary to leave our program as a well-rounded student.

How do I send my GRE scores to UConn?
To have your GRE scores sent to the University of Connecticut, use institution code 3915.

Do I need to send my GRE scores to the CSDCAS application system?

At this time, GRE scores only need to be sent to the University of Connecticut, using institution code 3915.

How long will it take for my GRE scores to appear in my application?

Upon notification that your GRE scores have been sent to the University of Connecticut, please allow up to three weeks for the scores to be received, reviewed and posted into your application.  Please be sure to send them in time for your application to be considered “Complete” by the January 1 deadline.

My recommenders do not want to upload their recommendations to the system. What should I do?

The CSDCAS system requires that letters be submitted electronically.  If you are having issues obtaining an electronic reference, please contact the SLHS program assistant.

Should I upload an unofficial transcript and send an official copy to the department?

At the time of applying, applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript to CSDCAS and an unofficial copy of their transcript should be uploaded to the Hobson’s system.  Please be sure to include transcripts of all undergraduate institutions attended.  Do not send copies of your official transcript directly to the department.

CSDCAS has an online transcript request form that students can access.  Please see this link for more details on how to Send Documents to CSDCAS.

International applicants only must also submit an official copy of their transcripts  directly to the UConn Graduate School at the following address:

The Whetten Graduate Center, Second Floor
University of Connecticut
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit-1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

I will not have completed all of my undergraduate coursework in SLHS by the time I apply. Is it okay for me to apply?

Yes. We recognize that you may be completing coursework during the Spring or Summer semesters. If you are admitted into the program, we will request that you send us an official final copy of your transcript upon graduating so we can ensure that you have completed your courses.

On the CSDCAS application, there is a section that will allow you to outline the courses you have completed or will be completing within the major to allow us to better understand what courses you may be taking in your final semester.

What financial opportunities does the program offer for graduate students?

Unfortunately, the department does not have any scholarship or financial support opportunities available at this time. In some instances, some work positions may be available depending on grant funded opportunities for research within the department. However, these are often unknown until the start of the academic year.

All students are encouraged to apply for work study through their financial aid application. If awarded, this allows student’s the opportunity to search for any work study position available on campus.

In addition, students can visit the UConn Office of Financial Aid (http://financialaid.uconn.edu/scholarships/) to learn about other funding opportunities available to students.

When does the department host open houses?

We currently do not host open houses for the graduate programs.  Unfortunately at this time, we have extremely limited availability for in-person meetings.  We kindly request that you send an email to the department with any questions that you may have and we will direct those inquiries to a faculty or staff member who will get back to you at their earliest convenience.  To do this, please contact the program coordinator at slhs@uconn.edu.

I don’t have all 25 observation hours. What should I do?

You do not need to have observation hours completed at the time of applying. However, admitted students are required to complete 25 observation hours before beginning the program in the fall.   These hours must be documented and sent to the program assistant during the summer before your expected enrollment date. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain these hours.  For more information, please reference the Observation Hours for M.A. Admitted Students page.

When will I hear a decision about admission?

We send admission decisions by mid-March.

When will I take my first class?

The full-time program begins at the start of each Fall semester.  However, admitted students who do not have a course in clinical methods will be required to show completion of a course in this field by the time of arrive.  UConn offers a 1-credit online summer course that can be used to fulfill this requirement, though the course can be completed at any accredited institution.

Are part-time students accepted?

No. The UConn M.A. program is a full-time program.