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Communicative Disorders

College of Health and Human Services

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Communicative Disorders - Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders (code CD__MA01)

Admission to the Graduate Program

Enrollment in 500/600 level courses in communicative disorders is restricted to students who have been accepted to the graduate program of the department as unconditionally classified students. Students wishing to be admitted must complete the following procedures:

  • 1. Students must meet the criteria for acceptance by the University as a graduate student;
  • 2. Every student (new or continuing) must apply to the Office of Admissions and Records to obtain admission to the University with graduate standing;
  • 3. Students applying to the traditional or special cohort M.A. program, then must apply to the Department of Communicative Disorders for admission to the graduate program using the department application form. This form must be filed with the graduate advisor by February 1 for admission in the subsequent fall semester. The following supportive materials must be filed with the department admission application:
    • A. Change of objective form available at department office (continuing CSULB students only);
    • B. One-page summary of relevant work, volunteer or research experience, with name and contact information for corroborating professional.
    • C. Submission of GRE scores

NOTE: Minimum Criteria 1) a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 units of coursework, including Communicative Disorders coursework; and 2) confirmation of acceptable GPA obtained during the final senior semester.
Any course deficiencies will be determined by the department graduate committee after consultation with the student and the student's faculty advisor. Students applying to the graduate program in Communicative Disorders will have completed one of the two prerequisites listed in the next section prior to enrollment in graduate classes.


  • 1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in communicative disorders (speech and hearing science, etc.); or
  • 2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than Communicative Disorders. The applicant must have at least 36 units of course work in CD before enrollment in the graduate program. Students may apply to the University and department as a post-baccalaureate graduate student to complete all of the required undergraduate courses prior to applying to the Graduate Program in Communicative Disorders. Graduate CD transfer units are not accepted.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy for a Master’s degree, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • 1. enrollment in the semester or summer session in which advancement takes place;
  • 2. satisfactory completion of C D 696 Research Methods: Applied and Basic (3) and three additional units;
  • 3. satisfactory fulfillment of the CSULB Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The GWAR must be fulfilled before the student is advanced to candidacy;
  • 4. maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.0 in (a) all graduate work completed in Communicative Disorders, (b) all graduate work completed at CSULB, and (c) all graduate work transferred to meet graduation requirements with no grade below "C";
  • 5. filing of the student Program for the Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders after completion of items 2-5;
  • 6. the Department's standard written program of graduate courses approved by the student’s department advisor, the department graduate advisor, the department chairperson, and the College of Health and Human Services Associate Dean. (This form is known as the Advancement to Candidacy form.)


Forty-one (41) units of course work are required:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • C D 662 Sem in Language Disorders in Children (3)
    • C D 663 Seminar in Disorders of Phonology (3)
    • C D 665 Seminar in Language Disorders in Adults (3)
    • C D 666 Seminar in Speech Motor and Swallowing Disorders (3)
    • C D 667 Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • C D 669A Clinical Practice: Phonological Disorders (2)
    • C D 669B Clinical Practice: Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
    • C D 669C Clinical Practice: Language Delayed/Disordered Children (2)
    • C D 669F Clinical Practice: Speech Motor Disorders (2)
    • C D 669G Clinical Practice: Audiology (2)
    • C D 669J Clinical Practice: Language Disordered Adults (2)
    • C D 669L Clinical Practice: Linguistically Different Clients (2)
    • C D 696 Research Methods: Applied and Basic (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • C D 670 Internship in Speech & Language Pathology (5)
    • C D 686A Advanced Field Studies with Communication Handicapped (5)
  • Choose one of the following options:
    • C D 695 Directed Readings (1-3) and a 3-unit elective
  • or
    • C D 698 Thesis (1-4)

Within the context of the C D 669L clinical course, the student will complete a minimum of 25 hours of clinical experience under appropriate supervision with a client determined to be of a language or dialect different from that of the student clinician.

C D 483 and 489 and/or C D 460, or equivalent content, are prerequisite to C D 669L.

Students who are bilingual and biliterate in English and another language may be eligible for clinical practice using their non-English language, within the CD 669L practicum.

Regulations governing the preparation and eligibility for the administration of comprehensive examination options are available in the Department Office. Departmental regulations concerning preparation of theses are also available in the office.

Certificate in Communicative Disorders (code CD__CT01)

The Communicative Disorders Graduate Certificate is a self-support, certificate program which allows students with a B.A./B.S. in a field other than Communicative Disorder to complete the undergraduate prerequisites needed to apply to a Master’s program in Communicative Disorders. This certificate program allows students to complete a total of 36 units in Communicative Disorders in one year, across three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Upon completion of this program, students will receive a Communicative Disorders Graduate Certificate, making them eligible for application to the Department's Traditional or Special Cohort M.A. Program (or to a Master’s Program at another institution). Please note that students applying to other institutions for completion of a Master's degree in Communicative Disorders must confirm acceptance of the prerequisites offered in this program. The Department can not guarantee that other institutions will accept these pre-requisites in total.

Students admitted to this certificate program will enroll as a cohort and complete 12 units (4 courses) per semester. Courses will be offered solely through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at tuition determined by CCPE. Enrollment in coursework in this program is reserved for certificate students. Courses in this program will be offered in the late afternoon and/or evenings. Students interested must enroll full-time and must complete coursework as a cohort. In addition, transfer units are not accepted in lieu of completion of the 36 units required for this certificate. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to enroll in courses offered in Department's undergraduate or graduate programs.

This program admits students once per year, for Fall enrollment. Students interested in applying to this program must:

1. Send a letter of intent to: The Graduate Advisor, Department of Communicative Disorders - LAB, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, 90840. This letter must indicate a request for acceptance to the "Communicative Disorders Graduate Certificate." All letters must be received by the Department no later than by March 1st (for enrollment the following Fall semester). Letters received after the due date will not be accepted. GRE scores, resumes, and letters of recommendations are not required for admission to this program and will not be considered in the admission process, thus students are urged to omit them from their application.

2. Apply directly to the University through CSU Mentor (code CD__CT01). CSU Mentor applications are processed by the University on-line at: Original transcripts must be sent directly to the University. The Department will access these transcripts electronically for Department evaluation. All materials to the University must also be received no later than March 1st. NOTE: Admission to this program does not guarantee acceptance or give the student undue preference in acceptance to the Department's Master's Programs in Communicative Disorders. A separate application is required for enrollment as a Master's student, once prerequisites have been completed.