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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.

 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.


TYPES OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS

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 2017-2018 and the department will NOT be accepting applications.

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



ADMISSIONS

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 materials for the Traditional MA Program (2017-2018 academic term) will be available on October 1, 2016
  • Application materials for the Traditional Program (2017-2018 academic term) are due no later than January 15, 2017.

 

University Application

CSU Mentor Application

December 15, 2016

GRE Scores (sent directly from ETS)

January 15, 2017

Official Transcripts

January 15, 2017

Department Application

Department Application Packet

January 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.



DEPARTMENT ADVISING

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 csulb.cd.ccpe@gmail.com or call us at (562) 985-2920.