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Communication Disorders Leveling Program

The communication disorders (CDIS) leveling program is a non-degree program for applicants who are interested in the CDIS master's program but who do not have the required background course work. Due to the competitive nature of the CDIS master's program, successful completion of the CDIS leveling program does not guarantee admission. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one communication disorders graduate program during the spring semester of the leveling program. Financial aid is not available for this program.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Maria Diana Gonzales
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 253

Advisor Support
Raidah Murshed
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 253

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall April 1 April 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee

  • $20 nonrefundable application fee
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted. If you have not yet graduated with your bachelor's degree, you must submit a transcript with fall grades. 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • non-degree form
  • prerequisite course form
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose addressing the following questions:
    • What areas of speech pathology practice or research interest you most and why?
    • Why are you applying to the Communication Disorders graduate program at Texas State University?
    • Briefly describe any life experiences, situations, and/or research interests that distinguish you as an applicant.
  • three forms of recommendation

  Review important information about documents.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.