Admissions Requirements

Graduate Admissions Requirements

The Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences welcomes you to apply to our graduate program. Our department only accepts applications for Fall admission. 

Our Department offers an MA degree in Speech-Language Pathology, obtained by completing the 2-year Masters curriculum for prospective students who have a BA degree in communication disorders and sciences or who have completed prerequisite/leveling courses in the field. 

Students who majored in a degree program other than communication disorders and sciences are considered out-of-field students (OFS). Out-of-field students require additional credit hours of prerequisite/leveling course work that may be completed in approximately two semesters. For more information on the Master's curriculum, please visit the Master's Degree Program webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/cds/programs/ma/.

Prerequisite Coursework

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders and sciences to pursue the master’s degree. However, candidates must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to the start of the Master’s program.

If your undergraduate degree was in communication disorders and sciences, you have likely completed all of the required prerequisites. If your undergraduate degree was in a different field, you should apply for the leveling year program. In either case, all interested applicants should view the required prerequisite coursework for admission to our graduate program and ensure that all requirements will have been completed prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) & California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Requirements

In addition to the leveling or undergraduate courses, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that master’s degree candidates show transcript evidence of at least one course in each of the following: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. More information about these courses can be found on the ASHA website at http://www.asha.org/Certification/Course-Content-Areas-for-SLP-Standards/

A course in child and/or adolescent development is required to meet the requirements for the California Commision on Teacher Credentialing.

Observation Hours

Candidates must have completed the minimum 25 hours of clinical observation with an ASHA-certified SLP, and provide appropriate documentation, prior to the start of the Master’s program.


Undergraduate Requirements 

CDS applicants must have a minimum of 2.7. While 2.7 is the minimum GPA, CDS students typically have at least a 3.0.

Please also see the BA Degree Requirements page for more information.