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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate Program


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, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.





The primary purpose of CSULB’s Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is to prepare students as professional speech-language pathologists. The program’s objectives are to provide our students with:

  • Advanced knowledge of research and clinical literature in speech-language pathology
  • Knowledge of procedures and methods for the assessment of speech-language pathology
  • Knowledge of procedures for the management of speech-language pathology
  • 400 clinical contact hours with individuals with communicative disorders
  • Clinical externship experience in a school and/or medical setting
  • Coursework and clinical hours required for Clinical Rehabilitation Service Credential: Language Speech and Hearing
  • Coursework and clinical contact hours for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Laboratory experiences in basic and applied research
  • A strong background in advanced clinical and research studies

The Department maintains a speech-language clinic where students are trained to apply clinical methods and procedures learned through graduate coursework. Each of our clinic rooms has audio and visual monitoring equipment for direct supervision and guidance during clinical practice. There are five disorder-specific speech-language clinics that provide students with clinical practice in the following areas:

  • Child Speech-Language Disorders
  • Adult Speech-Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients
  • Other Communication Disorders

In addition, graduate students have the opportunity to obtain clinical experience in a variety of schools and/or medical facilities in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.



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 communicative 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 units of course work in speech-language pathology/communicative disorders as a matriculated student in an undergraduate program or master’s preparatory 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.

  • The Application cycle for the Traditional MA Program (2017-2018 academic term) is closed. The application material for the Traditional MA Program (2018-2019 academic term) will be available on October 15, 2017.


Admission is based on:

    • Grade point average of the last 60 undergraduate units,
    • Grade point average in speech-language pathology coursework,
    • Relevant clinical or educational experience (you must also provide references to corroborate any stated experience)
    • GRE scores

Note: Acceptance to CSULB’s SLP graduate programs is highly competitive. Average GPA for admission ranges from 3.65 – 4.0 (for both cumulative and SLP specific coursework). The department does not require a minimum GRE score, but GRE scores are one of the factors used in admission decisions. Letters of Recommendation are not required or accepted.


Due to the large volume of applications per year, the department is not able to offer individualized advising to program applicants. If you have additional questions, please e-mail the department at or call us at (562) 985-2920.

Graduate program group information sessions are offered once a semester.  For the Spring Semester 2017, the information session will be held on April 20, 2017 (Thursday) from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  It will be located on the first floor of the LAB building.  Please report to the “fishbowl,” which is located near the waiting area of the CSULB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.