College of Education

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements

Application Dates

Fall 2022 Applications: October 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022

All applicants must apply through CSDCAS

Speech Language Pathologist with child

MS-SLP admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences*
  • Grade point average (GPA) of undergraduate units: Minimum 3.0
  • GPA of speech pathology coursework: Minimum 3.0
  • Written response to a given prompt
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • Letter of Intent
  • Basic Education Skills

* If a student does not have an undergraduate degree in SLP, they must complete the pre-requisite coursework in SLP or communicative disorders in an accredited program. The courses may be a part of an undergraduate program or a master’s preparatory program and include the following areas of knowledge as defined by ASHA.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required as a part of the application process. We suggest the letters be from people who can speak to your academic abilities and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.

Certificate of clearance

You must have a Certificate of Clearance, issued by the State of California, or one of several California credentials. To apply for the Certificate of Clearance, download the checklist online. It contains directions for the Certificate of Clearance application and fingerprint form and a list of agencies that perform the livescan service. Note that the required FBI and DOJ review usually incurs additional fees. If you have been convicted of any violation other than a minor traffic offense, clearance may take two months. A criminal record may preclude you from getting clearance.

Basic Education Skills

Applicants must demonstrate Basic Education Skills. This requirement may be met by any one of the following options:

*NOTE: Students may submit their application and receive conditional admittance to the program without completion of the Basic Education Skills (CBEST); however, this requirement must be met for full admission to the program. 

CSUMB graduate program admission requirements

In addition to the MS-SLP Program Requirements, all applicants must meet the requirements for admission to graduate programs at CSUMB.


Prerequisites for MS-SLP

  • Introduction to Communicative Disorders
  • Phonetics
  • Speech & Language Development
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Speech Science
  • Neurology of Speech, Language, and Hearing
  • Introduction to Audiology / Hearing Science
  • Child and/or Adolescent Development

AHSA requires:

  • Biological Science
  • Social / Behavioral Science
  • Physical Science
  • Statistics

Learn more about the SLP program