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Graduate Program

The CSULB Speech-Language Pathology M.A. Program is a cohort-based program to be completed in five (5) semesters (Fall and Spring only), which include a semester of school-based internship and a semester of medical/private practice internship.

Students who successfully complete the CSULB SLP M.A. program are eligible for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), California State License in Speech-Language Pathology, and California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). 

Program Objectives

The primary purpose of the CSULB SLP M.A. Program is to prepare students as professional speech-language pathologists. The program’s objectives are to provide our students with: 

  • Advanced knowledge in congenital, developmental, acquired, and neurogenic speech, language and communication disorders across the lifespan 
  • Competence in implementing evidence-based practice in making ethical clinical decisions    
  • Knowledge of procedures and methods for differential diagnosis in speech-language pathology 
  • 400 direct clinical contact hours working with individuals with various communication and swallowing disorders 
  • Competence in working with individuals with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • On-campus clinical practicum and off-campus internships to develop and refine clinical skills consistent with the defined scope of practice
  • Internship experience in both school and medical/private practice settings 
  • Development of cultural competence through graduate coursework, clinical courses, internships, and student exchange program 
  • Coursework and clinical practicum experience for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) 
  • Opportunities to participate in faculty-led or student-led research projects


The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Program at California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA National Office Contact Information

2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850-3289 USA

Phone: 301.296.5700 or 1.800.498-2071

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Course Requirement

Fifty (50) units of coursework are required:

Take all of the following courses (44 units):

SLP 661 - Seminar in Cognitive-Communication Disorders after Acquired Brain Injury (3 units)

SLP 662 - Seminar in Language and Literacy Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents (3 units)

SLP 663 - Seminar in Preschool Language Disorders and Speech Sound Disorders (3 units)

SLP 665 - Seminar in Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders (3 units)

SLP 666 - Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders (3 units)

SLP 667 - Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)

SLP 668 - Seminar in Dysphagia (3 units)

SLP 669A - Multicultural Clinical Practice: Child-Adolescent Speech and Language Clinic (2 units)

SLP 669J - Multicultural Clinical Practice: Adult Acquired Neurogenic Speech and Language Clinic (2 units)

SLP 696 - Research Methods: Applied and Basic (3 units)

SLP 670 - Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology (5 units)

SLP 686A - Public School Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (5 units)

SLP 672 - Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 units)

SLP 676 - Seminar in Voice, Resonance and Fluency Disorders (3 Units)

Complete two (2 units) of the following course

SLP 678 - Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Unit)

Complete one of the following culminating requirements (4 units) in the final semester of the program

Option 1: SLP 695 - Directed Readings (1‑3 units) and a 2-unit elective (SLP 575 recommended).

Option 2: SLP 698 - Thesis (1‑4 units)


Please see additional information at University Catalog