Early Admission Program for Graduate Admission for Fall 2023

Acceptance in the Early Admission Program secures you admittance to one of our CDS graduate programs before beginning your senior year at UB. 

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is pleased to notify all CDS juniors meeting the eligibility criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply to our Early Admission Program for Graduate Admission for Fall 2023. 

This program is designed to encourage outstanding CDS undergraduates to remain at UB for their graduate training in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology (beginning Fall 2023).  Application deadline is March 31, 2022.

As a senior in the Early Admission Program, you are offered opportunities not offered to other undergraduates such as Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, CDS 498 or CDS 499 Independent study under direct supervision with a CDS faculty supervisor, and the optional participation in a CDS graduate course if desired per CDS instructor approval.   

Eligibility Criteria

  • Completion of at least 75 undergraduate credits toward Bachelor’s degree in CDS by the start of Spring 2022.
  • 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, 2022)
  • Remain enrolled as an undergraduate student during both Fall and Spring semesters of the final year of undergraduate study.

Required Application Materials

  1. A cover letter detailing overall GPA, and grades for CDS 151, 286, 288(388), 301 and 289(389) if taken and targeted graduate program, Speech-Language Pathology (MA) or Audiology (AuD).
  2. Unofficial copies of transcript(s) from all Colleges/Universities attended.
  3. A personal statement discussing your personal and professional experiences, academic interests and objectives, and career aspirations. Any research interests or goals could also be discussed. The statement can also include how and why you feel that the University at Buffalo can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. While there is no page limit, it is recommended that the statement be concise with sufficient information.
  4. Three letters of recommendation -at least two 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 final pdf application package by CDS staff.
  5. TOEFL scores if you are not a native speaker of English

Submission Instructions

Send the Early Admit application digitally on or before March 31, 2022. 

Please attach a complete PDF with the required materials to cdsdept@buffalo.edu with the  Subject line: EA Application – (with your name)

NOTE: Reference letters are also due by March 31, 2022 and should be sent to cdsdept@buffalo.edu to be added to your completed application.    

The Graduate Admission Committee will review applications and notify applicants of their decision by April 30, 2022.  

Required Curriculum for Early Admission Program Students

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

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 studycomprised of 3-6 total credits across the two semesters.

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 across the two semesters.

 

*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.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact Dr. Ahmed Nagy, Director & Advisor of Undergraduate Studies, at anabdelr@buffalo.edu about the Early Admission Program, application requirements, or to discuss its implications for you and your future.