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

Graduate Admissions



University Requirements

To quality 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. Please visit

Program Requirements

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; 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 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.

Please view the Application FAQs and Course Equivalency Descriptions before apply.


    Applicants Must Complete Applications through CAL STATE APPLY

    • Apply to CSULB on Cal State Apply at
    • Submit the Department Application Form, résumé, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and GRE scores

For 2020 Fall admissions, the application instructions and Department Application Form will be available on October 1st, 2019.


    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)
    • Interview results

    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.

    • Acceptance to CSULB’s SLP graduate programs is highly competitive. Average GPA for admission ranges from 3.6 – 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.
    • 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.