PhD Admission Instructions

The application process for SLHS is managed by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). You MUST submit your electronic application and all required materials listed in the following instructions by the REQUIRED DEADLINE date for your area of interest. Materials missing from your application may prevent your application from going to review with our Admissions Committees.

The Graduate and International Admissions Center WILL NOT allow documents to be uploaded until you have paid your application fee.
Once you have paid your application fee, then you may upload your documents through your MyStatus page.

To be eligible for admission consideration, applicants must meet the Graduate School's minimum requirements.

Prior to submitting your application, you must seek confirmation from a faculty member that they are willing to consider serving in the role as your mentor. The faculty member you contact to request consideration of this role should align with your research interests. 

Step 1 - ApplyTexas Application

VISIT the GIAC web site and complete and submit the ApplyTexas Application which opens on September 1 and closes on December 15. 

It may take 24-48 hours from when you submit the ApplyTexas application before you receive the email to access your MyStatus page to upload departmental requirements.

Step 2 - Fee

PAY your on-line application fee ($65 for US students and $90 for International students) per the instructions in the online application.

You must pay the application fee before you will be able to upload any documents to MyStatus.

Step 3 - Transcripts

SUBMIT official Senior college transcripts electronically to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). If your college or university uses the National Student Clearinghouse (SPEEDE) you can have your transcript(s) sent electronically. Check with the registrar of your institution to see if transcripts can be sent via the SPEEDE server. NO PAPER TRANSCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED.

If your institution is unable to provide an electronic transcript then please follow the remaining steps.

  1. Obtain an official transcript from your institution.
  2. Scan and SAVE as a .pdf document. You will be allowed to upload only ONE (1) file for each transcript entry on the list at the upload website.
  3. Upload your official transcript in .pdf format through the Admissions Document Upload System

All currently enrolled and former UT Austin students will pay an additional fee to have their transcripts submitted electronically from the UT Austin Records Office to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. For more info, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Junior/Community college transcripts are NOT required.

For more instructions on uploading transcripts, click here.

Step 4 - GRE Test (waived for Fall 2021 admission)

Please note that the GRE requirement has been waived based on COVID-19 related admission guidance from the Graduate School for Fall 2021 Admissions only. When submitting your application, please allow 72 hours for the GRE requirement to be removed from your “to do” list in MyStatus. There is no need to reach out in the interim.

If you still wish to submit your GRE scores, you are able to do so. The GRE will appear in your MyStatus list of submitted documents once we receive the scores.

Arrange for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE® General Test). The Analytical Writing Portion is considered in our review. If you did not take this portion of the GRE exam then your Statement of Purpose which is required to submit will be used to evaluate your writing skills.

GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years. 

The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.

The GRE Concordance for the prior OLD test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale is here

Step 5 - TOEFL/IELTS Test

International students should ARRANGE for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882. 

The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission by the Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT). TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
  • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

More information about these requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.

Step 6 - Statement of Purpose

SUBMIT your Statement of Purpose (SOP) (.pdf format ONLY) through your online MyStatus page.
Applicants are ONLY required to provide the Statement of Purpose for SLHS. You are NOT required to provide Graduate Admissions with a separate Statement of Purpose or Essay.

All Ph.D. applicants MUST submit a 2-page limit double spaced (font size 11 or 12) Statement of Purpose describing:

  1. Research
  2. Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study
  3. Future career plans
  4. What area of interest is your focus? Why?
  5. What faculty member at UT do you wish to work with as your academic mentor? why?

Step 7 - Letters of Recommendation

Submit THREE letters of recommendation – On your application you will be asked to provide the names and emails of your references. After you submit and pay your application fee, an electronic request for reference will be sent to your recommenders. You will be able to re-send or send additional reminder requests for reference through your online MyStatus page. Recommenders have 45 days the time to submit their electronic letter, from the day they receive the request.  If the 45 days extend beyond the December 15 deadline, this will not jeopardize your application.

The electronic recommendation letter is a standard method used across universities in the U.S. We strongly recommend adhering to this policy to avoid lost letters or a delay in the processing of your application. 

Reference letters should NOT be mailed to the SLHS Graduate Office!  Please contact the SLHS Graduate Coordinator if you have further questions. Make sure to include your name and UT EID in all correspondence.

Letters are preferred from academic faculty in the field of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Letters from employment supervisors are accepted but from those who work in SLHS or a related field. We recommend to submit at least two letters from academic faculty with whom you have taken classes with or researched with. Failure to provide ALL three letters of reference may result in your application NOT going to review with our admission committees. The ApplyTexas application allows to submit ONLY three names with emails. DO NOT email to request additional letters of recommendation. Choose your faculty wisely.

Step 8 - Curriculum Vitae

Submit your curriculum vitae in .pdf format through your MyStatus page.

Your CV should include:

  1. Educational background
  2. Honors
  3. Related field organizations
  4. Research and/or clinical experience including area, supervisor and length of rotation
  5. Volunteer experience
  6. Related field work experience

Step 9 - Additional miscellaneous documents

ANY additional documents you wish to submit must be saved in .pdf format and submitted through the Admissions Document Upload System.

Step 10 - Writing Sample

Upload a ‘Writing Sample’ which is written in English such as a brief term paper, thesis, research paper, published research article or journal submission in .pdf format as a miscellaneous document through Admissions Document Upload System.

Step 11 - Confirmation of support

A confirmation of willingness to consider serving in the role as your mentor will be verified by the SLHS Graduate Office with the faculty member you list in your application. Therefore, as previously noted it is critical that you secure this confirmation from a faculty member prior to submitting your application. This confirmation does not guarantee acceptance in the PhD program and/or that this faculty member will serve in this role should you receive acceptance. Final decisions are made after a full review by the admissions committee.

The Application Decision

Successful applicants will be those who, in the judgment of the faculty admissions committees, show the greatest promise for success as graduate students in our program and as professionals after graduation. We do not employ arbitrary threshold or minimum values for such factors as GRE scores or GPA to determine which applications are evaluated for admission, nor do we have geographic preferences or quotas; all applications are considered carefully on the basis of all required materials listed on this page.

To find out the status of your application you can check your MyStatus Page.

Interviews are REQUIRED for Ph.D. applicants.

Admissions decisions are typically announced the second week of March prior to UT Austin closing for Spring Break. Decisions are announced on your MyStatus Page regarding our decision of either ‘ADMIT’ or ‘DENY’. Those students who may be placed on a 'waiting list' will have their admission decision posted on the MyStatus Page after all those admitted in early March have responded with a decision.