*Designator changed from CDO to CSD starting Fall 2018

Who is eligible to apply to the CSD major?

To be eligible to apply for the major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed all of the pre-admission courses
    • Fall 2017/18 bulletin or earlier: CDO/CSD* 278, 330, 331, 335
    • Fall 2018/19 bulletin or later: CDO/CSD* 230, 278, 330, 331, 335
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • CSD GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Grade of C or better in each CSD pre-admission course
What classes are required before applying to the CSD major?
If you started as a student at CMU before the Fall 2018 semester, you must have completed or currently be enrolled in CDO/CSD* 278, CDO/CSD* 330, CDO/CSD* 331, and CDO/CSD* 335 to apply. If you started as a student at CMU during the Fall 2018 semester or later, you must have completed or currently be enrolled in CDO/CSD* 230, CDO/CSD* 278, CDO/CSD* 330, CDO/CSD* 331, and CDO/CSD* 335 to apply.

Even if CDO/CSD* 230 is not required when you apply to the major, some graduate programs required or strongly encourage you to have taken an Introduction to Communications Disorders course (like 230) to apply to their program. Therefore, it is recommended that students take CDO/CSD* 230. If you are not sure whether or not you should try to take CDO/CSD* 230 before you graduate, please consult with your CSD advisor.

When do I apply to the major?
You will apply to the CSD major in the last semester of the pre-admission courses (i.e., students who started at CMU before Fall 2018: CDO/CSD* 278, 330, 331, and 335; students who started at CMU Fall 2018 and later: CSD* 230, 278, 330, 331, and 335). Applications for enrollment in the spring semester are due November 1st by 5:00 p.m. and applications for enrollment in the fall semester are April 1st by 5:00 p.m. If the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due the following Monday by 5:00 p.m.

When do I apply for the major if I'm planning to study abroad? 
If you are planning to study abroad the semester after you will complete your pre-admission courses, it is possible to apply to the major before studying abroad and then have your position held until you return if you are accepted.

If you are planning to study abroad during the second (i.e., CSD 417SL, 439, 494) or third tier (i.e., CSD 463, 525, 551) of classes after being accepted into the major, you can take a semester off from CSD classes and start taking them again when you get back.

Where do I get the application?
Download the application form from this site. It is also available in the Blackboard shells for all of the pre-admission courses (i.e., CSD* 230, CSD* 278, CSD* 330, CSD* 331, and CSD* 335). If you have trouble locating the application form, contact Dr. Richards, the CSD academic advisor, for a copy of the application.

How do I apply to the major?
To apply for the major, you need to fill out the application form. This form will require you to provide contact information, your overall GPA, your TOEFL score (for applicants from non-English speaking countries), your grades in the pre-admission CDO/CSD* courses, and your progress toward completing the ASHA required courses (i.e., biology, chemistry or physics, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics).

What factors are considered when admitting students to the CSD major?
The primary factor considered when making admission decisions is your GPA in the pre-admission courses. Historically, the average GPA in these classes of the students admitted to the major is around 3.7 and the range of GPAs in these classes is 3.5 to 4.0. Some historical data from past applicants is provided in a table below to give you an idea of how the average range of GPAs change from semester to semester depending on the applicant pool. CMU's GPA calculator can be a useful tool to help you figure out your CDO/CSD* GPA before applying to the major.

# Applicants
# Admitted
Range of CDO/CSD* GPA
Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016
Fall 2016
Spring 2017
Fall 2017
Spring 2018
Fall 2018

How and when do I find out if I got in?
You will find out if you have been accepted into the major after final grades are posted. Emails are sent to all applicants within two weeks after final grades are posted stating whether or not they have been accepted into the major. For students who have been accepted, the email will also indicate that we will be submit your major form through degree progress and you should enroll in CSD* 340, CSD* 431, and CSD* 338.

What are my options if I don't get in?
If you do not get accepted into the major after your first time applying, you apply again. However, you make want to consider retaking one or more of the pre-admission courses to improve your CDO/CSD* GPA before reapplying. Each of those courses can be retaken once. If you withdraw from a course before the semester ends, that still counts as one attempt at taking the course. Although the university will allow you to retake each course twice, we prefer and recommend that students only retake a course once. To help you decide your course of action, it is recommended that you consult with an academic advisor (such as Dr. Richards). You should know that if you decide to retake a course, the grade from your second attempt will be the final grade for the course on your transcript, even if it is lower than the grade from your first attempt.

If you are not able to get into the major after your second application, you may want to consider pursuing a CDO/CSD* minor rather than a CDO/CSD* major and finding a different major. Some other professions related to the field of communication sciences and disorders that you might consider include: vocational therapy, special education, counseling, child life specialist, recreation therapy, social work, teaching English as a second language, respiratory therapy, radiology therapy, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, certified nursing assistant, rehabilitation counseling, vision therapist, personal care assistant, classroom assistant, substitute teacher, speech therapy assistant (depends on the state), rehabilitation aide, board-certified behavioral analyst or board certified assistant behavior analyst, hospice care, respite care, psychologists, and early education provider. Other resources that might be helpful to make this decision include:

CSD Students with child who has new cochlear implant