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Welcome to the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S). The Department was one of the first programs in California and it has a 40+ year history of providing excellent academic and clinical experiences preparing students for careers as audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU features a culturally and linguistically diverse educational environment where, per self-report, the 2015 student population was 41.4% Asian, 24.9% Hispanic, 20.5% White, 9.6% not specified, 3.1% African American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, and 0.1% Native American. The CD&S Department reflects this diversity and many CD&S students have language proficiency skills in, for example, American Sign Language, Cantonese, Chu Chou, Farsi, French, Hakka, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

The CD&S Department offers two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts. The Bachelor of Arts degree is a pre-professional program intending to prepare students for graduate study in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. The Master of Arts Degree enables graduates to work as speech-language-pathologists and the program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700, or online at The Master of Arts degree is also an approved program of the California Licensing Board in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board ( and the California Commision on Teacher Credentialing (


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is to provide high quality academic and clinical preparation to students seeking careers working with individuals (and their families) who have speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Guided by the principles of evidence-based practice and working in collaboration with other professionals, our graduates will adhere to the highest ethical standards in serving the needs of diverse communities.

We encourage you to explore this webpage and learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Current Announcements

  • We are in the process of reviewing all applicants for fall 2017 and we'll be sending out acceptances letters beginning April 1st, 2017.

  • Fall 2016 Graduate Application Instructions
    Step-by step graduate application instructions are available on the Admissions link above.

  • Prospective Graduate Student Application Open House Meetings
    Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:30am-12:00pm, SH 211
    Monday, November 7, 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm (Canceled)
    Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00pm-6:00pm, SH 335

    Click on OPEN HOUSE PROGRAM for more information.

Equal Opportunity Policy:


The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The University, College and Department do not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research scholarly activity on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical characteristics or disability.