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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 master's 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 
  •  Knowledge of procedures and methods for differential diagnosis in speech-language pathology 
  •  Competence in implementing evidence-based practice in making ethical clinical decisions    
  •  400 direct clinical contact hours working with individuals with various communication and swallowing disorders
  •  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
  •  Competence in working with individuals with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  •  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

Expected Terms of Program Completion 

The SLP graduate program only accepts students who have completed the required undergraduate prerequisites (30 semester units in speech-language pathology). This can be done through either completion of an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or through completion of post-baccalaureate leveling courses. 

The CSULB SLP graduate program is a cohort-based Master's program. For full-time students, the expected number of terms for program completion is Five (5) semesters (2.5 years-  Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring, Fall)