Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders
About the California State University – Fullerton MS-SLP Program
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation has granted accreditation to the Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology) since 1969. It is designed to:
- Offer students with graduate, professional level studies that covers a wide range of communication disorders.
- Give students the chance to work with clients who are communicatively challenged in a variety of clinical settings, both on and off campus.
- Teach students how to evaluate, diagnose, create treatment plans, and act as therapists for particular groups and types of communicatively impaired people.
Admission Requirements For The California State University – Fullerton MS-SLP Program
When screening applications, the Graduate Committee takes the following factors into account:
- A background in communication sciences and disorders and/or coursework (CSD). A bachelor’s degree in CSD (also known as audiology and speech-language pathology or speech and hearing sciences) is a prerequisite for admission to the master’s degree program. Students having backgrounds in other academic disciplines must complete 36 units of undergraduate preparation (or 12 CSD prerequisites, including the 9 comparable courses), as well as one 3-unit stand-alone statistics course (a full introduction session).
- The minimal criteria for application is a GPA of 3.0 or higher, however successful candidates often have a GPA in the CSD major that is above 3.7.
- A copy of official transcripts from all college-level institutions which the applicant has
- A letter of intent, personal statement, or essay from the applicant outlining their academic background, professional interests, future career goals, clinical and extracurricular experience, aptitude for working with a population that is linguistically and culturally diverse, and their objectives for pursuing an M.A. in CSD at CSUF.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable with the applicant’s academic prowess, clinical or field experience, and/or work ethics. Three letters are required, two from CSD academics or instructors and one from a supervisor (ideally in the area of speech-language pathology).
- International students’ TOEFL scores must be at least 550
- It is advisable to provide materials in advance (about 4-6 weeks before the deadline) to give the applicant time to make sure the materials were received and, if required, to make corrections.
- The application will be deemed “incomplete” and not examined if any information is missing or any of the requirements of items #1 through #5 and/or #6 (if applicable) are not completed.
- GRE score is NOT required.
The conditional admission of the candidate whose B.A./B.S. degree in CSD has not been confirmed by the first day of the fall semester or who has not successfully completed 12 CSD prerequisites (including the 9 equivalent courses) and one statistics course will be cancelled.
Students who hold a B.A. or B.S. in a field other than CSD must have finished 12 requirements for CSD by the time of admission, which correspond to the equivalent of the following NINE courses.
● COMD 241 Introduction to Phonetics (3)
● COMD 242 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)
● COMD 307 Speech & Language Development (3)
● COMD 344 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism
● COMD 350 Speech & Hearing Science (3)
● COMD 352 Child Language & Phonological Disorders (3)
● COMD 461 Audiology & Audiometry (3)
● COMD 474 Neurology & Neurogenic Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)
● COMD 476 Clinical Methods and Procedures (3)
Most courses done in ASHA-accredited programs will be recognized. After being admitted to the M.A. program, students from other universities are usually required to take one or two non-equivalent classes. Applications with deficits of more than two courses won’t be taken into consideration.
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