Early Admission Program for Graduate Admission for Fall 2022

Dear CDS Undergraduate Student:

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is pleased to notify all CDS major students that beginning February 15,2021 juniors meeting the eligibility criteria outlined beloware encouraged to apply to our Early Admission Program for Graduate Admission for Fall 2022. This program is designed to encourage outstanding CDS undergraduates to remain at UB for their graduate training in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. Application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed at least 75 undergraduate credits toward Bachelor’s degree in CDS by the start of Spring 2021.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5; an average Grade of A-or better in CDS 151 (Introduction to Speech-Language and Audiology), CDS 286 (Phonetics) and CDS 288{388} (Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Mechanism), i.e. an average GPA of 3.67 in the three subjects, and not necessarily a score of A-in each. These CDS courses must be completed before the application deadline (March 31,2021)
  • Remain enrolled as an undergraduatestudent during both Fall and Spring semesters of the finalyear of undergraduate study.
Required Application Materials
  1. A cover letter detailing overall GPA, and grades in CDS 151, 286, 288(388), 301 and 289(389) if taken and your choice for agraduateprogram: the Speech-Language Pathology (MA) or Audiology (AuD).
  2. Unofficial copies of transcript(s) from all Colleges/Universities attended.
  3. A personal statementdiscussing your personal and professional experiences, academic interests and objectives, and career aspirations. Any research interests or goals could also be discussed. Address how and why you feel that the University at Buffalo can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. There is no page limit, but students are encouraged to be complete as well as concise.
  4. Three letters of recommendation -at least 2 of these letters should be from professors/faculty at UB. Reference writers should send their recommendation letters directly to cdsdept@buffalo.eduand NOT to you. The letters will be added to your application package by CDS staff.
  5. TOEFL scores if you are not a native speaker of English
All accepted students will be required to have their GRE score delivered to the University at Buffalo (GRE code 2925) by August 15, 2021
 
Application Deadline:
Send the Early Admit application digitally on or before March 31, 2021.Please attach a complete PDF with the required materials to cdsdept@buffalo.eduwith the Subject line: EA Application –(with your name)
NOTE: Reference letters sent to cdsdept@buffalo.edu as instructed in ‘Required Application Materials ’ also need to be received by March 31, 2021. We will add the reference letters to your PDF.
 
Advantages of Early Graduate Admission
There are several advantages for being part of this program. You will have secured admittance to a graduate program before beginning your senior year at UB. In addition, as a senior in the Early Admissions Program, you will have opportunities that may not be readily available for other undergraduates. This includes participation in a Graduate Course and taking one or more ofthe following courses: Department Honors/Thesis/Projects, Undergraduate Research or an Independent study under the direct supervision of a faculty supervisor.
 
Required courses for students admitted in the Early Admission Program are:
 
MA curriculum/program

1) Academic and Clinical coursework

 Fall Spring
CDS 480 Observation (1 credit) CDS 595 Clinical Practicum (1 credit)
CDS 482 Diagnostics (3 credits)

CDS 497* Dept Honors/Thesis/Project OR

CDS 498* UG Research Activity OR

CDS 499* Independent study

CDS497* Dept Honors/Thesis/Project OR

CDS498* UG Research Activity OR

CDS 499* Independent study

 

2) Attendance at monthly CDS colloquium or related colloquia (e.g., Neuroscience, Cognitive Science)

3) Required two semesters of CDS 497 Dept Honors/Thesis/Project, CDS 498 research experience OR CDS 499 Independent studycomprised of 3-6 total credits.

AuD curriculum/program

1) Academic and Clinical coursework

 Fall Spring
CDS 480 Observation (1 credit) CDS 530 Grand Rounds (1 credit)
CDS 482 Diagnostics (3 credits)

CDS 497* Dept Honors/Thesis/Project OR

CDS 498* UG Research Activity OR

CDS 499* Independent study

CDS 497* Dept Honors/Thesis/Project OR

CDS 498* UG Research Activity OR

CDS 499* Independent study

 

2) Attendance at monthly CDS colloquium or related colloquia (e.g., Neuroscience, Cognitive Science)

3) Required two semesters of CDS 497 Dept Honors/Thesis/Project, CDS 498 research experience or CDS 499 Independent study comprised of 3-6 total credits.

*Registration for CDS497, CDS 498,orCDS 499 in one or both semesters, are arranged with a facultysupervisor.

**It is important to note that you may still need to take courses outside of CDS to fulfill requirements for your undergraduate program.

If you are admitted to the early admission program, in summer 2021 you will still need to complete the CSDCAS graduate application and pay the fee. The CDS Department will pay the required UB graduate application fee ($75) for you.

Please feel free to contact Dr.Ahmed Nagy at anabdelr@buffalo.edu if you have questions or need further information about the Early Admissions Program, application requirements, or to discuss its implications for you and your future.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will review and evaluate your application documents and make a decision on acceptance. Notification for acceptance into the Early Admissions Program will be sent around April 30, 2021.

Sincerely,

Ahmed Nagy, PhD

Director & Advisor of Undergraduate Studies