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Graduate Admission

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program by the COMD admissions committee, you must have at least a 3.0 in the major and in the last 60 hours of course work. Letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required. Admission is competitive. For Fall 2016, only 17% of applicants were accepted. Despite the minimum requirements for initial consideration, the average GRE scores of those accepted were: 154 Verbal, 151 Quantitative, and 4.1 Writing; the average GPA in the major was 3.9; average GPA overall was 3.7.

The ComD Department at the University of Houston requires GRE scores from ALL applicants. Applications that do not have GRE scores included will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for review. The UH ComD Department does NOT participate in the GRE waiver program at the University of Houston.

For 2017 admissions, UH ComD will accept scores from either the original or the new GRE exam. GRE scores will be accepted up to 5 years after the test was taken (e.g., for Spring 2016 application, test scores from January 2012 or later will be accepted).

For admission in Fall 2017, the deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2017. We do not offer spring or rolling admissions.

Before You Apply to the Graduate Program

  1. POST-BACHELOR’S PROGRAM: Potential applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than Communication Disorders must complete the Post-Bachelor’s (PB) program
  2. PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: Pre-requisite courses that provide a basic understanding of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing, as well as (basic) courses in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and statistics* (see note below) must be completed. We strongly recommend that these be completed prior to entering the graduate program; otherwise, your starting semester and/or graduation may be delayed. Prerequisite courses include the following (or their equivalents):

SCIENCE & STATISTICS COURSEWORK: These are ASHA/CAA requirements. Science courses do not have to have a laboratory component. Science courses cannot apply both to math/science requirements and ComD requirements (e.g., human anatomy cannot count both for biological science and for head/neck anatomy for communication).

  1. Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy)
  2. Physical Science (e.g., physics, chemistry)
  3. Social Science (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology)
  4. Statistics*

*NOTE: As of August 2014, all applicants for certification in Speech-Language Pathology must have completed a statistics course. This replaces the previous requirement for a college-level algebra course. Any student beginning a graduate program in Fall 2013 or later MUST have a statistics course.


  1. Anatomy & Physiology (A&P for speech & hearing; head & neck anatomy for SLPs, etc)
  2. Phonetics
  3. Speech and Language Development
  4. Speech and/or Language Disorders (can be in children or adults)
  5. Audiology
  6. Aural Rehabilitation
  7. Speech Science
  8. Clinical Procedures (Potential topics covered in a clinical procedures course can include: e.g., evaluation purpose, process and tools, intervention methods, goal writing, theories to justify underlying principles, service delivery (ECI, public school, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.), data collection, report writing/clinical documentation, ethics, etc. Some students may obtain such knowledge & skills through other communication disorders courses.)
  • Please note that ALL of the Communication Sciences and Disorders pre-requisite courses listed above must be completed before August 15th of the year you have been admitted, or your admission will be automatically deferred to the next admission cycle.
  • You must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of the Communication Sciences and Disorders pre-requisite courses listed above by January 1st of the year you are applying, or you will not be eligible to apply for that admissions cycle.

If you completed your undergraduate degree or leveling courses at a University other than the University of Houston you may be asked to submit syllabi from select courses. These will be reviewed to ensure that all required competencies have been achieved.

  1. UNDERGRADUATE COMPLETION DATE: Potential applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders that was granted more than 7 years before the anticipated date of admission to the program must re-take the following classes or their equivalents BEFORE applying to the graduate program:
    1. Speech and Language Development
    2. Speech and Language Disorders in Children
    3. Aural Rehabilitation
    4. Speech Science
    5. Clinical Procedures

These classes may be taken in the PB program. Students are required to apply to the PB program in the department prior to registering for any PB classes.

How to Apply to the Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston

Instructions for On-Line Application for All Applicants

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston will use CollegeNET for the processing of graduate applications. Proceed to Graduate School link below to create a CollegeNET account, submit an application, review a submitted application, and access post-submission functionality. To learn more about the process and to access the UH Graduate School application page, please click here.

Please be aware that to complete the application process, you will need to provide the following:

  1. An official transcript from EACH college from which you have received course credit even if past course work appears on a later transcript.
    • For transcripts, please note that transcripts will be sent to the University Graduate School rather than the ComD Department or the University Admissions Office (instructions on where to send them are in CollegeNet).
  2. Letters of recommendation: minimum of three.
    • For letters of recommendation, there will be a place in CollegeNet that will allow you to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. Once that information has been submitted by you, the CollegeNet system will send an automated email to your recommenders with instructions on how to submit their letters.
  3. GRE scores. You must give ETS  the following code when taking the GRE: 6870
    • There will be a place in CollegeNet for you to self-report your unofficial GRE scores.
  4. An Updated Resume.
    • There will be a prompt in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your resume.
  5. A personal statement of interest that does not exceed two pages (double spaced).
    • There will be a section in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your personal statement.
  6. A Departmental application fee of $75. This fee should be paid online during the application process.

The CollegeNet Application must be completed by January 15. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the admissions process.

  • For questions about the ComD Department, please contact the Program Coordinator, Byron Ross at or call 713-743-5502.
  • Decision letters will be sent out by the Department in mid-March.
  • For questions about transcripts, and confirmation of received application materials, please contact the UH Graduate School at the following link: UH Graduate School. 
  • For technical questions about the application, please contact CollegeNet. The help desk information is located at the bottom of the online application menu, or you can click on the following link: CollegeNet Help desk.

International Applicants Only

In addition to the materials listed above, the International Admissions Office requires that you submit the following:

  1. TOEFL SCORES:  One official copy.
  1. A letter of FINANCIAL BACKING.
  1. The STATEMENT of UNDERSTANDING located in the application booklet.
  1. FEES: A $75.00 nonrefundable departmental processing fee and a $75 processing fee.


Part-Time Graduate Program

All applications (regardless of the applicant’s intent to be full-time or part-time) are subject to the same admissions criteria. Admissions decisions are made from the entire pool of applicants. AFTER admission to the graduate program in ComD, students indicate full-time vs. part-time status. See graduate curriculum page for more information.

More Information

  1. General questions about domestic or international admissions may be answered by visiting the Admissions Page of the University of Houston website.
  2. Questions about the UH COMD application process should be directed to Samantha Ary, Program Manager.
  3. Questions about the UH COMD graduate program should be directed to Dr. Byron Ross, Graduate Program Coordinator.

After You are Admitted

  • ADMISSION STATUS: Students admitted under provisional status must not make any grade below a B- during the first semester in the program. A student who does not meet this provision will be dismissed from the program at the end of the first semester.
  • CONTINGENCIES: If you are admitted to the program, the admission offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of your undergraduate degree or any remaining undergraduate prerequisite classes. "Successful completion" is defined as a B- or better in all required courses. Failure to meet these requirements may result in a change to provisional status or revocation of your admission.