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Master of Arts Admission

Applications are submitted to the University of Houston Graduate School. See instructions below. Once they are complete, the COMD application committee will review each one.

In order to be considered for acceptance to the master's program by the COMD admissions committee, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the major and in the last 60 hours of coursework. A personal statement, letters of recommendation, your resume and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are also required as part of our holistic review process.

Your GPA will be calculated with the grades that are on your transcript. Grades such as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or Pass/Fail issued during the COVID-19 pandemic will not be counted. Please note, although these grades are not counted, applicants must have satisfactory or pass for all prerequisite classesOn the application, there will be an opportunity to comment on grades received or personal situations for the academic terms during the COVID-19 semesters. These comments will be considered within the entirety of your application during review. 

GRE scores will be accepted up to 5 years after the test was taken. To note: GRE scores are waived for applications due Jan. 2022. 

For Fall 2021, 34% of applicants were accepted. The average GPA in the major was 3.96, and the average last 60 hours GPA was 3.89.

For admission in Fall 2022, the deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2022. We do not offer spring or rolling admissions.

Note: GRE scores will not be required for applications due Jan. 2022.

Before You Apply to the Master's Program

  1. POST-BACCALAUREATE LEVELING PROGRAM: Potential applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication disorders must complete a Post-Baccalaureate Leveling (PB) Program
  2. PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: Applicants must complete pre-requisite courses that provide a basic understanding of speech, language, hearing and swallowing, as well as courses in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and statistics* (See note below.) Pre-requisite courses include the following (or their equivalents):

These are requirements from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 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). Each of these is required.

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

We strongly recommend that these be completed prior to entering the graduate program; otherwise, your starting semester and/or graduation may be delayed.


  1. Anatomy & Physiology (A&P for speech and hearing; head and 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 (Coursework that specifically encompasses these areas of communication disorders: therapy implementation, diagnostic process, ethics and professionalism)
  • 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/or Language Disorders in Children
    3. Aural Rehabilitation
    4. Speech Science
    5. Clinical Procedures

These classes may be taken in the UH COMD Post-Baccalaureate Leveling (PB) Program or another comparable 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 Master's 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.

To complete the application process, you will need to provide the following:

  1. An official transcript or a clearly scanned copy of an official transcript from EACH college or university from which you have received course credit, even if past coursework appears on a later transcript.
    • Transcripts will be sent to the University Graduate School rather than the COMD department or the University admissions office.
    • CollegeNet provides instructions on where to send transcripts. Please visit: for more information on how to apply.
    • To note: If you are accepted, you must provide all official transcripts directly from your university to UH.
  2. Three Letters of recommendation
    • CollegeNet will prompt you to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. Once you have submitted that information, the CollegeNet system will send an automated email to your recommenders with instructions on how to submit letters.
  3. GRE scores. You must give ETS the following code when submitting a request for official GRE scores: 6870  (Due to COVID-19, GRE scores will not be required for applications due January 2022.) 
    • There will be a place in CollegeNet for you to self-report your unofficial GRE scores. Official GRE scores are required.
  4. An Updated Résumé.
    • There will be a prompt in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your résumé.
  5. A personal statement of interest.
    • Do not exceed two double-spaced pages.
    • There is no specific writing prompt. "Write a personal statment" is the only prompt. 
    • There will be a section in CollegeNet that will allow you to upload your personal statement.
  6. An application fee of $50. This fee should be paid online during the application process.

The CollegeNet Application must be completed by January 15, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the admissions process. 

Decision letters will be sent out by the department in mid-March.

  • For questions about the COMD Graduate Program, please contact Program Director Laura Cizek at or 713.743.2683.
  • For questions about transcripts and confirmation that application materials have been received, 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: An $80 application fee

Please visit the International Students information webpage:



Part-Time Graduate Program

All applications (regardless of the 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 the Graduate Program Director Michelle Ivey, Ph.D.
  3. Questions about the UH COMD graduate program should be directed to Michelle Ivey, Ph.D.


After You are Admitted

  • ADMISSION STATUS: Students admitted under conditional/provisional status must not make any grade below a B- in class or below a B in clinic during the first term in the program (full-time) or first two terms if part-time. A student who does not meet this provision will be dismissed from the program at the end of the appropriate semester.
  • CONTINGENCIES: If you are admitted to the program, the admission offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of your undergraduate degree as well as 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.  
  • BACKGROUND CHECK: Most students will be required to complete a background check as part of their clinical experiences. These will be done as needed throughout the program.