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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.

Please view the Application FAQs before apply .



    To apply to the SLP MA Program, please complete the department application form and submit it directly to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology no later than January 15th, 2018.

  1. The Departmental Application Form can be downloaded here and view the application instruction sheet here.
  2. Course equivalency descriptions can be reviewed here.
  3. Please send the application form directly to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at



    Admission decisions are based on:

    • GRE scores
    • Grade point average (GPA) in speech-language pathology coursework
    • Overall GPA
    • Relevant clinical or educational experience (you must also provide references to corroborate any stated experience)

    Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate academic record, performance on the GRE, relevant clinical experience, scholarly and extracurricular activities undertaken, and personal interviews with members of the Admissions Committee.

    Only qualified applicants receive invitations to be interviewed with members of the Admissions Committee. 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.


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 Fall Semester of 2017, the general information session will be held on October 19, 2017 (Thursday) from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Language Arts Building (LAB) Room 117A.