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Graduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

University Requirements

To qualify for admission to a master’s program, you must meet the General University Admission Requirements for graduate standing as well as the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards as prescribed by the program.

Program Requirements

To apply, prior to the first semester of graduate enrollment, applicants must have either:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in communication science and disorders (CSD), speech-language pathology (SLP), speech and hearing sciences; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than Speech-Language Pathology. The applicant must have at least 30 units of coursework in speech-language pathology/communication disorders as a matriculated student in an undergraduate program or post-baccalaureate program from a university with accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) before enrollment in the graduate program.

Note: Students who do not meet the above requirement are not eligible to apply and will not be accepted.

How to Apply

University Requirements

  • Apply to CSULB through CAL STATE APPLY
  • Create an account on Cal State Apply and follow the instructions to complete your application.
  • Submit your official transcripts directly to CSULB Enrollment Services. Visit the Transcripts page for more information.

Department Requirements

Selection Criteria

CSULB Admissions Committee will evaluate all application materials submitted by the applicants, including the following items.

  • Grade point average (GPA) in speech-language pathology coursework
  • Overall GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • Resume
  • Interview Results: Only qualified applicants receive invitations to be interviewed with members of the Admissions Committee. If an interview is offered, the interview results will be included. 

Note: GRE is not required for Fall 2021 admissions. Applicants do NOT need to submit unofficial or official GRE scores.

Acceptance to CSULB’s SLP graduate programs is highly competitive. The average GPA for admission ranges from 3.6 – 4.0 (for both cumulative and SLP specific coursework).

The interview evaluates the applicant's abilities and skills necessary to satisfy the knowledge and clinical standards established by the ASHA and faculty and the personal characteristics that are necessary to become a competent speech-language pathologist. The Admissions Committee selects applicants for matriculation who have demonstrated the personal qualities of maturity, integrity, and who are best suited for meeting the educational goals of the CSULB SLP MA program.

Information Session

Due to the large volume of applications per year, the department is not able to offer individual advising to program applicants. Instead,  a group information session will be offered once a semester for prospective students. 

For Fall 2021 admission, a general information session via Zoom will be offered on November 4, 2020, at 4:00 pm. Please RSVP for the session by October 30, 2020.

Application FAQ


What do I need to be eligible to apply to the graduate program?

In order to apply, prior to the first semester of graduate enrollment, applicants must have either: 

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in communication disorders, speech-language pathology, speech and hearing sciences, etc., or 
  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than Speech-Language Pathology. The applicant must have at least 30 semester (or 45 quarter) units of coursework in speech-language pathology/communication disorders as a matriculated student in an undergraduate program or master’s preparatory (post-baccalaureate) program from a university with accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) before enrollment in the graduate program. 

I have a bachelor’s degree in another major (e.g., psychology, linguistics, etc.), so I do not have the prerequisite courses. How can I become eligible to apply?

You could consider completing these required academic leveling (prerequisites) courses through a post-baccalaureate program in speech-language pathology. We no longer offer such a post-baccalaureate program here at the CSULB. We cannot recommend a specific program for you. However, it is strongly recommended that the university you wish to complete post-baccalaureate work is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Does CSULB have a post-baccalaureate program in speech-language pathology?

No, CSULB’s SLP post-baccalaureate program has been discontinued.

I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate/post-baccalaureate program for speech-language pathology. I would like to apply for the graduate program during this application cycle, but I have not yet completed my coursework. Am I still eligible to apply?

As long as you have completed 30-semester units (or 45 quarter units) in speech-language pathology by the time you will have enrolled in the graduate program in the fall, you are eligible to apply.

Can I take prerequisites for speech-language pathology at CSULB through open university?

Our department’s undergraduate courses are only open to matriculated and major students. Non-matriculated students cannot take these courses, not even through open university.

When is the application deadline for the CSULB SLP M.A. program?

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology admits students to the M.A program once per year for fall start dates. The deadline is usually January 15, but please refer to the Department’s website for the most recent admission information.

Do I have to submit the transcripts from all institutions attended?

Yes. Applicants must submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university attended, including leveling/post-baccalaureate programs (if applicable). Only one set of official transcripts is required, and they must be submitted to Enrollment Services. Official transcripts may be submitted electronically directly from a U.S. college or university to

Submitting official transcripts is required for ALL students including students who received their B.A. in SLP at CSULB.  If you are still in progress of receiving your degree, you will have to submit a transcript showing you are on track of receiving your degree and another one once the degree has been awarded and posted on your transcripts.

Does CSULB offer course equivalency evaluation or individual consultation for prospective students?

Applicants are required to demonstrate the completion of 30 semester units (or 45 quarter units) of the prerequisite coursework in speech-language pathology before the graduate program starts if admitted. Due to a large number of applicants, our department cannot offer course equivalency evaluations or individualized consultations to prospective students. You are encouraged to visit our department website for the eligibility requirement and other relevant information about graduate program applications. 

The CSULB SLP M.A. program only evaluates ASHA prerequisites (i.e., biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics) once the student is admitted into our M.A. program. CSULB SLP M.A. program has the authority to accept or reject previously-completed coursework. For more information, please visit the ASHA website.

Does CSULB offer information sessions for prospective students?

For Fall 2021 admission, an information session will be held online via Zoom. You can find more information on the Graduate Admissions page. 

How much does the CSULB SLP M.A. program cost each semester?

Please visit CSULB Tuition and Fees for more information. 

How many units do I have to complete for the CSULB SLP M.A. program?

The CSULB SLP M.A. program requires a total of 50 units of coursework. It takes 5 semesters, including one full semester school-based internship and one full semester clinical internship (hospital or private practice) to complete the program. The CSULB SLP M.A. program is cohort-based. All students take the courses in the same sequence, and all courses are offered once a year. Our M.A program is a state-supported program in which courses are offered in only fall and spring semesters.  

What courses does the CSULB SLP M.A. program offer?

The CSULB SLP M.A. program offers seminars on a wide range of topics that cover developmental speech/language disorders and neurogenic speech/language disorders. A full list of courses we offer can be found in CSULB Catalog. Students also have to successfully complete two on-campus clinics before they take the internship courses.