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Application Information

To apply:

Each year the application portal opens on August 1st.

Application Deadline: January 15
The application, test scores, and all supporting materials must be received by January 15.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will be mailed by March 15.

Response from Students: April 15

If your written response is not received by April 15, the Department has the right to rescind the offer of admission and financial award. Confirmed receipt of an email to the Director of Graduate Studies specifying your decision by April 15th can be used to extend our deadline for receipt of the written response.

Application Fee 
The $50.00 AuD application fee is non-refundable and may be paid online by credit card when the application is officially submitted. A check or money order should be made payable to Vanderbilt University and sent to:

Program Manager
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
1215 21st Ave. South, Room 8310
Medical Center East, South Tower
Nashville, TN 37232
Statement of Purpose (personal statement)

The Statement of Purpose is a required and important part of the application. The DHSS has no set criteria for the personal statement, it should be no less than one page, but no more than 1-1/2 (single spaced).

Required Materials

Transcripts/Academic information

Official transcripts, which also should be sent after the completion of your degree, must be sent directly to Vanderbilt at the address, below. You will be prompted to upload your academic record for each college or university you have attended when you officially submit your application. An academic record can be in the form of a legible scanned copy of a transcript or an academic record from the institution’s Student Information System portal. If you are currently enrolled, please submit your academic record after your fall semester grades have been posted if at all possible.

If you don’t have your official transcripts during your application, unofficial transcripts can be provided instead. Official transcripts are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted. To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from your institution to Vanderbilt. Official transcripts should be mailed to Vanderbilt at the address below or delivered through your school’s secure electronic transcript service (if available) to All other transcripts are considered unofficial. Please do not mail transcripts to the department office.

Center for Data Management
Vanderbilt University MED
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833
Please inquire via email message only

Letters of Recommendation

Three are required and up to five maximum can be accepted. Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and accomplishments and likelihood of the applicant’s success in a clinical or research program. With a maximum of five, supervisors, teaching assistants, etc., are certainly welcome to provide a recommendation for you.

Recommenders must submit their letters electronically. The application allows the applicant to identify their recommenders and the system will notify them (on your behalf) by e-mail. When the electronic recommendations are submitted, they are “attached” to the application, and you will receive an email message confirming receipt of each recommendation.

Please note: Email addresses should be proofed for accuracy before finalizing the application. If an incorrect email address is entered into the system, the recommender will not receive the request for recommendation.

If you choose not to use the electronic method, it is your responsibility to contact your recommenders and provide them with our recommendation form. Paper letters of recommendation should be sent to the Center for Data Management (see details in the form) and should be received in that office by the application deadline.

Test Scores

We are still requesting GRE scores for Fall 2021 applications. Official GRE scores come electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and are required for all applicants. The average GRE scores from 2019 and 2020 incoming students are respectively 317 and 318 (combined qualitative and quantitative scores) with an average GPA of 3.9.

Official TOEFL scores are required for international applicants only, even if you have completed a 4-year degree in a U.S. institution.

  • The minimum acceptable score on the paper-based TOEFL is 637, 270 for computer-based and for the Internet-based test, 110.

Important Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow sufficient time for the ETS to score and report test results. Please refer to the ETS website ( to access the Detailed Score Reporting Schedule for the GRE exam.

The scores should be sent to institution code 1871. The department code is not required in order for your official scores to attach to the application.

Although International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores are not required, applicants who have taken the IELTS can report their scores in the online application.

Resume/CV or Supplemental Materials

Once your application is submitted, you may upload your resume/cv or other documents the committee may review by accessing the status page of the application and adding the documents in the “upload materials” section.

Tuition Scholarships

Given that most graduate students need financial assistance, need is not a factor; financial awards are offered on the basis of merit, using criteria very similar to that used to judge acceptance into the program. There are no additional forms to complete for scholarships.

Special Requirements for International Applicants

Previous Degrees
International applicants should apply only if you have four years of college (four-year degree or three-years plus one year of a masters program).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Prior to consideration for admission, international student applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Scores should be less than two years old and above 637 (paper-based) and 270 (computer-based) and 110 (internet based) to demonstrate proficiency (, or address inquiries and requests for applications to TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

International students applying to or enrolling in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Proficiency in English for Coursework and Clinical Practicum

International students (whose native language is not English) who are accepted to and progressing through the program may also be required to complete an intensive English language program at Vanderbilt University during their initial semester of classes in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences or, later in their course of study, in the event that spoken English skills adversely affect academic/clinical performance. Information about Vanderbilt’s English language program may be obtained at


International student applicants must supply official academic records from all colleges and universities attended including certificates, mark sheets and examination results. These may be copies of the original documents certified by an official of the institution issuing the record. If you are currently enrolled at a USA university, Vanderbilt will accept (for admission purposes only) copies of documents that may be on file at that university. Should you be admitted, you must supply the official documents described above.

Financial Resources

In order to meet requirements for entry into the USA, applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of their education. Please be prepared to provide evidence of this funding.