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FAQ for CSDCAS/Application Process

FAQ for Undergraduates

FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students

FAQ for Extended Master (EM) Inquiries

FAQ for GPA Requirements


FAQ for CSDCAS/Application Process

 

What is the procedure for applying for the next fall admission year?

For information on applying to our graduate program for the next fall admission year, please carefully review the instructions on the Admissions page.

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When is the deadline to apply for the current admission semester?

The deadline to apply for Fall 2015 admission is Sunday February 1, 2015, by 5:00pm, PST for both GAPE and CSDCAS. Please visit the Admissions page for application instructions.

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I am applying to the MA program through CSDCAS, but have not completed or submitted my application yet. Can I begin the process of having the required documents sent to CSDCAS?

As long as you have initiated the application process through CSDCAS, you can begin requesting to have the required documents sent to CSDCAS so that they will be received by the deadline on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

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Is the required "statement of purpose" from the CSU Mentor application the same as the essay question that is required on the CSDCAS application?

CSU Mentor asks you to write a "statement of purpose," which should not be the same as the CSDCAS essay question requirement. Therefore, please do not cut and paste one to the other, or forward it to the department as they suggest. You are expected to write a "statement of purpose" for CSU Mentor, which is to be different than the response that is required for the CSDCAS essay question; although they can share similar content, they should be two separate submissions. The statement of purpose should read more like a formal letter, as where the essay should read like a formal essay.

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In the past, a resume and letter of intent were required documents of the departmental graduate application packet. Will applicants be required to submit these through the CSDCAS application process?

From now on, applicants will not be required to submit a letter of intent or a resume, as they are no longer required documents for submissions to CSDCAS.

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Are GRE, CBEST, or any other scores required to be submitted for the graduate program application?

GRE scores are required effective Fall 2015 in order to apply to the MA or EM graduate program. In fact, if you submit your GRE score on your CSDCAS application because another program requires it, the SJSU CD&S admission committee will disregard that portion of your application, as they do not review or consider GRE scores. However, it is required for you to show proof that you have completed and passed the CBEST in order for your application to be considered complete. For the Fall 2015 admission year, your CBEST scores must be emailed to the CD&S office, sent to catherine.davis@sjsu.edu.  NO OTHER SCORES WILL BE LOOKED AT IN LIEU OF THE CBEST; NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Can I send materials or documents for my application directly to the department or deliver them in person?

With the exception of your CBEST scores, application materials will not be accepted in the department office. All materials must be sent directly to CSDCAS for processing. Any documents that are received in the department office will be discarded and will not be submitted for review.

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If I do not have a background in CD&S or have been out of school for more than two years, who can I have write my letters of recommendation?

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in CD&S, please make every effort to obtain letters from former professors who are familiar with your academic work. If that is not possible, letters from supervisors or co-workers are acceptable and should address your potential for success as a speech-pathology graduate student, especially if you have been out of school for more than two years. If you have volunteered with an SLP, one of your letters should be from that supervisor. You will need to submit 3 letters of recommendation.

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Does the admission committee review applications in the order of which they were received and/or do they accept applicants on a rolling admission basis?

The admission committee does not admit applicants on a rolling basis. Following the submission deadline, all applications are reviewed at the same time, regardless of when you completed or submitted your application.

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Once I have completed and submitted my application through CSDCAS, when can I expect to hear a response as to whether or not I have been accepted into the graduate program?

Once you have submitted your application, you will hear back from us no later than April 15, 2015 (via email). Please do not call the office to inquire about your application status until April 16, 2015.

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Can references be submitted electronically?

Yes! Through CSDCAS, you have the option to submit your references electronically or by paper/mail. Please follow the instructions for submitting either reference by logging into your CSDCAS account.

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FAQ for Undergraduates

 

If I am an SJSU undergraduate, how do I declare Communicative Disorders & Sciences (CD&S) as my major?

To declare CD&S as your major, complete a Change of Major Form [pdf] (Less than 90 Units / More than 90 Units) and submit it, along with your unofficial transcripts to the department office in Sweeney Hall Room 115. If approved, the department coordinator will obtain the signature of the department chair for you and submit it to the Office of the Registrar on your behalf. The department will retain a copy of the completed form for your department file.

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What are the undergraduate requirements for obtaining a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences (CD&S)?

For a list of undergraduate course requirements for obtaining a bachelor's degree in CD&S, please view the BA degree requirements page and/or the undergraduate course sequence.

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I am an SJSU undergraduate and a CD&S major. May I begin taking courses in the Spring?

CD&S students cannot begin to take CD&S courses in the Spring due to a specific course sequence that does not permit our students to enroll in Spring courses unless they have completed the preceding Fall courses. CD&S majors may only begin taking courses in the Fall, even if they have completed all of their lower division requirements.

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I am a CD&S major and an SJSU undergraduate who is a few units short of upper division standing (60 units+). May I enroll in CD&S courses this Fall instead of waiting until next Fall?

If you will achieve upper division standing (60+ units) by the end of the Fall semester that you intend to enroll in, you may be granted special permission to enroll in your CD&S courses. Please see your undergraduate adviser to be granted permission to do so. Once permission is granted, the department coordinator will issue you a permission code for each course so you may enroll in CD&S courses.

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I am a CD&S major and and SJSU undergraduate. What is the procedure for completing and submitting the Major Form?

To complete your Major Form [pdf], please schedule an appointment with your adviser. Once your form is complete and has your adviser's signature, please place it in the gray SJSU folder that is located in the three tiered rack on the department coordinator's desk in SH 115. She will obtain the signature of the department chair, make a copy of the form for your department file, and place it in a sealed envelope with your name on it. When your form is ready, the sealed envelope will be placed in a large PINK mailer entitled "Completed Major Forms", which can be found in the student paperwork pick-up box in SH 115. This process takes 1-3 days from the time you submitted the form; please keep checking the pink mailer to see if your form is completed. Remember, DO NOT open your envelope; the student must deliver the SEALED envelope to the Office of the Registrar with their Application for Graduation Baccalaureate Degree [pdf]. When you submit your Major Form [pdf] to the department, you may include your Application for Graduation Baccalaureate Degree [pdf] so that the department can make a copy of it for your department file. TheApplication for Graduation Baccalaureate Degree [pdf] will not be sealed, but will be returned to you with your Major Form [pdf].

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Do I need a Master's Degree in order to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP)?

In order to pursue a career as an SLP, you will be required to obtain a Master's Degree in Speech-Pathology.

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If I do not pursue a Master's Degree in Speech-Pathology, what types of jobs can I obtain for with a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S)?

Jobs for individuals who only have a bachelor's degree in CD&S are extremely limited. We advise you to explore options to become a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) if you choose not to pursue a Master's degree in Speech-Pathology.

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FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students

 

What type of degree will I receive upon completion of the Master Degree (MA) or Extended Master Degree (EM) program in Speech-Pathology?

Upon completion of the MA or EM program, you will receive a Master of Arts in Education, Concentration Speech Pathology degree. You will be able to practice as an SLP with this degree.

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I am a prospective graduate student. Can I make an appointment to see an adviser?

Appointments for prospective graduate students are not scheduled on a routine basis. However, the department does hold monthly informational meetings for prospective graduate students. For a list of upcoming informational meeting dates, please visit our homepage. If you live out of the area and are unable to attend any of the meetings, please email Dr. Michael Kimbarow with a list of questions at michael.kimbarow@sjsu.edu.

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I am interested in your graduate program. Can I visit the department for a tour of the facilities?

Prospective students are always welcome to come and visit the department, especially during our monthly informational meetings.For information on the next meeting, please visit our homepage. If you would like a tour during business hours, please call the office at (408) 924-3688 to make an appointment.

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Does the department admit graduate students in the Spring?

Due to a specific course sequence that does not permit students to begin taking courses in the Spring unless they have completed the preceding Fall courses, applications are not accepted for Spring admission.

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Can a graduate student in the speech-pathology program work full-time? Are classes offered online, on weekends or evenings only?

This program is a full-time program. Classes are held 4-5 days a week, morning, noon and night. We do not offer online, weekend or evening classes only. Most students are unable to work (or can only work part-time) as the course content is intensive and time consuming.

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I would like to apply to the graduate program for the next Fall admission year. What can I do to be considered a stronger candidate?

In terms of your application, the admission committee looks strongly at your GPA. In addition to your GPA, stronger candidates tend to have excellent writing capabilities, have related field experience or volunteer work, and come highly recommended.

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I would like to know how competitive the Speech-Pathology program is at San Jose State University. How many students apply to the graduate program each year, and what percentage of those applicants are offered admission?

For the Fall 2014 admission year, the department received nearly 400 applicants. Out of the total applicants, less than 10% of those applicants were accepted and admitted into the graduate program. Approximately 50% of accepted applicants were admitted into the MA program, while the remaining accepted applicants were accepted into the EM program.

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When do I have to take the CBEST?

For the Fall 2013 admission year and beyond, a copy of your passing CBEST scores are required in order for your application to be considered complete. Since you are unable to report CBEST scores to CSDCAS, a photocopy of your official CBEST scores is the only document that can be emailed directly to the CD&S office. Therefore, you must have taken and passed the CBEST prior submission of your application.

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Do international students have additional requirements? If so, what are those requirements?

Yes, international applicants have additional requirements. To view additional requirements for international applicants, please visit our Admissions page.

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I would like to find out more about your program. Can the department mail me an informational packet?

All information regarding a program can be found on our website. Most questions can be answered answered by reviewing the FAQ page. Currently, we do not mail out informational packets.

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FAQ for Extended Master (EM) Inquiries

 

If I have a bachelor's degree, but it is not in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S), can I still apply to the MA program for Speech Pathology?

Applicants who have a BA in a major other than CD&S can still apply to the MA Speech-Pathology Program. Upon acceptance into the program, they will be classified as an Extended Master (EM) student. An EM's program is three years long, per the EM course sequence [pdf].

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If the standard Master Degree program is only two years long, why is the Extended Master degree program three years long?

During their first year in the EM program, EMs are required to complete the undergraduate coursework that students who received a BA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences had to complete, as shown on the EM course sequence [pdf]. Once undergraduate requirements are met, they will proceed with graduate level courses in their second and third years of the program.

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I am currently taking the EM pre-requisites at another university so that I can apply directly to the MA program. How can I ensure that the courses I have taken and am currently enrolled in are comparable to the courses offered to SJSU EM students?

If you are already taking EM pre-requisite courses at another university, you will want to attend one of our monthly informational meetings to verify that the courses are you taking (or intend to take) will allow you to enter directly into the standard MA program upon acceptance. However, students who do not have a BA in CD&S that apply to our EM program have a 50% more chance of being accepted. This is because each year we accept about 20 EM students, but only about 10 outside regular MA students.

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What are the non-CD&S pre-requisite courses that I must take in order to apply to the Extended Master program?

For a list of required pre-requisites, please see the Programs page for Extended Master students.

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FAQ for GPA Requirements

 

I understand that the minimum GPA required to apply to the graduate program is a 3.0, but what is the average GPA of students who are actually accepted into the graduate program?

The average GPA of applicants who are accepted into the graduate program is 3.5 and higher.

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My GPA is lower than a 3.0. Does the graduate admission committee make any exceptions to the minimum GPA requirement?

While we understand that GPAs don't always reflect the true academic abilities of an applicant due to the vagaries of life and unavoidable circumstances, the committee does not make exceptions to this policy. Unfortunately, if you do not have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, your application will not be submitted for review, no exceptions.

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Which GPA does the admission committee look at?

The main GPA that is considered is your overall GPA from your bachelor's degree.

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If I do not have a background (BA or BS degree) in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S), how can I raise my GPA so that I can meet the minimum GPA requirement and be qualified to apply to the MA program?

If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, you may take the pre-requisite courses that EMs take as a part of their course sequence in order to prove your potential to succeed as a speech-language pathology master student. However, these courses cannot be taken at San Jose State University as our courses are only made available to students who have been formally accepted into the program.

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If I have a background (BA or BS degree) in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S), how can I raise my GPA so that I can meet the minimum GPA requirement and be qualified to apply to the MA program?

Unfortunately, if you already have completed the undergraduate CD&S coursework and do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, you are not qualified to apply to the MA program. If you are an SJSU student, please refer to the SJSU catalog for information regrading course repeat policies.

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