FAQ For Prospective Graduate Students

 

  1. When is the deadline to apply for the current admission semester?
  2. Is the required “statement of purpose” from the CSU Mentor application the same as the essay question that is required on the CSDCAS application?
  3. Is the GRE required?
  4. Is the CBEST required?
  5. Can I send my application materials directly to the department or deliver them in person?
  6. 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?
  7. Once I have completed and submitted my application through CSDCAS, when may I expect to hear a response as to whether or not I have been accepted into the graduate program?
  8. How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
  9. What type of degree will I earn from the Graduate Program?
  10. I am a prospective graduate student. Can I make an appointment to see an adviser?
  11. I am interested in your graduate program. Can I visit the department for a tour of the facilities?
  12. Does the department admit graduate students in the Spring?
  13. Can a graduate student in the speech-pathology program work full-time? Are classes offered online, on the weekends or evenings only?
  14. How many students apply to the graduate program, and what percentage are offered admission?
  15. When do I have to take the CBEST?
  16. Do international applicants have additional requirements? If so, what are they?
  17. I would like to find out more about your program. Can the department mail me an informational packet?
  18. 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?
  19. Can I take the pre-requisites at another university? How can I ensure that the courses are comparable to the courses offered to SJSU students?
  20. 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 in the graduate program?
  21. My GPA is lower than a 3.0. Does the graduate admission committee make any exceptions to the minimum GPA requirement?

FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students

 

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

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 admission is Thursday, February 1, 2018, by 5:00pm, EST for both GAPE and CSDCAS. Please visit the Admissions page for application instructions.

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2. Is the required "statement of purpose" from the Cal State Apply application the same as the essay question that is required on the CSDCAS application?

No. Cal State Apply 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 CSUMentor suggests. 

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3. Is the GRE required?

Yes. GRE scores are required to apply to the graduate program. When you take the test please use the following score report code to ensure that the information is linked to your SJSU CSDCAS application:  CODE 7013.

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4. Is the CBEST required?

No, it is not required. We generally refer students to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) but you do not have to if you meet one of the other options outlined in the the CTC leaflet cl-667If you decide to submit a test score from one of the CTC leaflet alternatives, you must contact the Credentials Office at San José State University (credentials@sjsu.edu) to verify the validity of your test scores before submitting the alternative test score to CSDCAS by February 1.

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

No.

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6. 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. 

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7. Once I have completed and submitted my application, 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, 2018 (via email). Please do not call the office to inquire about your admission status.

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8. How do I submit my letters of recommendations?

Through CSDCAS, you have the option to submit your references electronically or by paper/mail. Please follow the instructions from CSDCAS for submitting letters of recommendations.

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9. What type of degree will I earn from the Graduate 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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10. I am a prospective graduate student. Can I make an appointment to see an adviser?

No. Appointments for prospective graduate students are not scheduled on a routine basis. However, the department holds informational meetings for prospective graduate students. For a list of upcoming informational meeting dates, please visit our homepage.

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

No. However, a tour is available during the informational meetings held for prospective students. 

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12. Does the department admit graduate students in the Spring?

No. Graduate admissions are in the Fall semester only.

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

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

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14. How many students apply to the graduate program, and what percentage are offered admission?

For the Fall 2016 admission year, the department received nearly 300 applications and admitted about 20% of all applications. 

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15. When do I have to take the CBEST?

Your CBEST Score Report must be sent to the department Administrative Support Coordinator by February 1, 2018.

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16. Do international students have additional requirements? If so, what are they?

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

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

No. All information regarding the graduate program can be found on our website. 

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18. 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?

Yes. You will be placed in the 3-year Out of Field Students Curriculum upon admission.

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19. Can I take the pre-requisite/leveling courses at another university? How can I ensure that the courses are comparable to the courses offered to SJSU students?

If you are already taking pre-requisite or leveling courses at another university, you will want to attend one of our informational meetings to verify that the courses you are taking (or intend to take) will allow you to enter directly into the graduate program upon acceptance.

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20. 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 median GPA for matriculated students in Fall 2017 was 3.46.

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

No.

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