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

Graduate Program



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.


The department has two graduate programs, both offering a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in speech-language pathology.  Both programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

1. Traditional M.A. Program (State-Funded Program)

This program admits students annually for admission in the following fall semester. The application cycle for the Traditional M.A. program is currently open.

2. Special Cohort Program (Self-Support Program)

The Special Cohort Program is suspended for the academic year 2016-2017 and the department will NOT be accepting applications.

For a comparison of similarities and differences between these two programs, please see the comparison chart.


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

  •  A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in communicative disorders (speech and hearing science, etc.); or
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than Speech-Language Pathology. The applicant must have at least 30 semester units (or 45 quarter units) of course work in communication disorders 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 packet can be downloaded. Click Here

  • Application materials for the Traditional Program (2016-2017 academic term) are due no later than January 15, 2016.


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. We offer monthly information sessions on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The meetings are held in September, October, November, February, March, and April. However, the meeting scheduled for 11/11/2015 will be held on 11/18/2015 in observance of Veteran's Day. The meetings are held in the lobby of the Language Arts Building (LAB) located on the South side of campus near 7th Street. No appointments are necessary. If, after attending one of our information sessions and reviewing this website, you have additional questions, please e-mail the department at, call us at (562) 985-2920, or contact Dr. Pei-Fang Hung at