Applying To The MCD Program
Arkansas State University's MCD program subscribes to the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science & Disorders Programs (CSDCAS). Applicants for admission to the A-State MCD program MUST apply online using the CSDCAS application. In addition, students who are accepted must also apply online to the A-State Graduate School. Transcripts must be sent to both CSDCAS and A-State's Graduate School (see links below).
The deadline for submitting applications to CSDCAS March 1st.
Applying to CSDCAS
To learn more about the CSDCAS application process and to get started, please go to CSDCAS. If you encounter difficulty with CSDCAS, please contact their Customer Service at 617-612-2030 or send an email to email@example.com.
Once a student applies through CSDCAS, the transcript information is verified by CSDCAS. This process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of CSDCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from CSDCAS. A-State will accept completed, verified applications from CSDCAS until March 1st.
If CSDCAS has not completed the verification process by March 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the March 1st deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline. All prerequisites must be completed at the time of graduation.
Applying to the A-State Graduate School
To apply to the A-State Graduate School, simply complete the online application on their website. You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application.
Official transcripts MUST be sent to both CSDCAS and A-State Graduate School. Please do not send transcripts to the A-State Communication Disorders Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts and immunization records for A-State Graduate School should be sent to:
The Graduate School @ A-State
PO Box 60
State University, AR 72467-0060
A-State Graduate School can be contacted at 870-972-3029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application fee of $50 can be paid online (through your applicant account) or by phone to the Cashier’s Window at 870-972-3847.
Students who have attended one or more of the A-State campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to A-State in Jonesboro. A-State campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken.
Based on Arkansas law, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program.
Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the MCD Program
Once you are accepted and have decided to attend graduate school at Arkansas State University, information will be shared with you so you can complete the background check.
Rankings and Acceptance
After the deadline of March 1, the CD Admissions and Credits Committee reviews all applications for minimum requirements and GPA's. Applicants that do not provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements are not reviewed further.
Qualifying applicants are then ranked and awarded points (based on ranking) from a pre-determined scale and are ranked individually by GPA-overall and GPA-in the major. Points for affective applicant items (resume, video submission, intent letter, and recommendation letters) are totaled and result in a folder score and subsequent ranking. Total applicant points are then ranked and the class is selected based on the number of students the program can accept.
Formal letters are emailed to all qualified applicants notifying them of acceptance status. Invited applicants must respond at their earliest convenience but no later than April 15th. In the event attrition is high, the committee selects replacements from the remaining qualifying applicant pool, and additional invitations are extended.
Notice: Admitted MCD students begin the program in the first summer term following admission. Upon successful completion of coursework, practicum, and comprehensive examinations or thesis, matriculation is completed 19 months later, graduating in December.