Tips for Crushing Your Grad School Applications

It may seem like there are a million things to do when applying to grad school . . . making sure you’ve gained enough experiences, developing a professional resume, choosing programs that are the best fit for you, interview prepping, and even adjusting to the idea of possibly moving to a new state! You may feel alone in this process, but I promise you’re not—thousands of other CSD students are feeling the exact same way right now.

National NSSLHA has gathered a panel of seasoned grad admissions professionals, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists to help you conquer the entire grad school application process for our upcoming Office Hours: Don’t Get Spooked By Grad School Applications virtual event.

Grad Application Tips—From the Experts

In preparation for this virtual event, we asked our panelists, “What’s your best tip for students when they’re starting the grad school application process?” Here’s what they shared . . .

  • Find opportunities to explore the field—volunteer, find CSD-related jobs, and take professional development courses. These will help you examine different facets of the field while building your portfolio. – Robert Serianni, CCC-SLP, FNAP, Chair and Program Director at Salus University
  • Never list a professor as a “recommender” unless you’ve already asked them, and they’ve agreed to write you a letter. – JoAnne Cascia, EdD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator for the Master’s SLP Program at Kean University
  • Your attitude, in large part, determines your aptitude! – George Castle, PhD, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University
  • Build a strategy for completing your graduate school applications, start early, and focus on quality over quantity. – Michael Campbell, CCC-SLP, Clinic Owner and Director at Belmar Therapy and The Speech Blog

Office Hours: Grad School Applications – Join Our Virtual Event!

Watch the event recording to hear more from these audiologists and speech-language pathologists about the grad application process, including how to:

  • Approach professors, faculty, and mentors to ask for letters of recommendation
  • Effectively write a personal statement
  • Interview with grad admissions faculty
  • Navigate CSDCAS (the online grad school application portal)
  • Manage application deadlines

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