FAQ For Prospective Graduate Students
- When is the deadline to apply for the current admission semester?
- Is the required “statement of purpose” from the CSU Mentor application the same as the essay question that is required on the CSDCAS application?
- Is the GRE required?
- Is the CBEST required?
- Can I send my application materials directly to the department or deliver them in person?
- 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?
- 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?
- How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
- What type of degree will I earn from the Graduate Program?
- I am a prospective graduate student. Can I make an appointment to see an adviser?
- I am interested in your graduate program. Can I visit the department for a tour of the facilities?
- Does the department admit graduate students in the Spring?
- Can a graduate student in the speech-pathology program work full-time? Are classes offered online, on the weekends or evenings only?
- How many students apply to the graduate program, and what percentage are offered admission?
- When do I have to take the CBEST?
- Do international applicants have additional requirements? If so, what are they?
- I would like to find out more about your program. Can the department mail me an informational packet?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- My GPA is lower than a 3.0. Does the graduate admission committee make any exceptions to the minimum GPA requirement?
- Are there expiration dates for my ASHA prerequisites?
FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students
The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 admission is Monday, February 1, 2021, by 11:59 pm, EST, 8:59 pm PST for both GAPE and CSDCAS. Please visit the Admissions page for application instructions.
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.
No, we will not be requiring the GRE for the fall 2021 admission cycle.
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-667. If 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to verify the validity. Given that the CBEST is a state-level requirement for being credentialed as a speech-language pathologist, the CBEST will have to be taken sometime during the program before you graduate with your Masters degree. Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit their CBEST or alternative scores to the Department before graduation.
How do I take the CBEST if I'm out of state? Visit Out of State CBEST Information.
No. Please upload all documents into CDSCAS when applying.
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.
Once you have submitted your application, you will hear back from us no later than April 15, 2021 (via email). Please do not call the office to inquire about your admission status.
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.
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.
No. Appointments for prospective graduate students are not scheduled on a routine basis. However, the department holds informational meetings for prospective graduate students. Our upcoming informational meeting dates are on October 2nd (4:30-6:00 pm) Oct 2nd Registration required and October 30th (4:00-5:30 pm) Oct. 30th Registration required.
No. However, a tour is available during the informational meetings held for prospective students.
No. Graduate admissions are in the Fall semester 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.
For the Fall 2019 admission year, the department received nearly 260 applications and admitted about 10% of all applications.
We also will not be requiring the CBEST at the time of the application or potential admission to the program. Given that the CBEST is a state-level requirement for being credentialed as a speech-language pathologist, the CBEST will have to be taken sometime during the program before you graduate with your Masters degree.
Yes, to view additional requirements for international applicants, please visit our Admissions page.
No. All information regarding the graduate program can be found on our website.
Yes. You will be placed in the 3-year Out of Field Students Curriculum upon admission.
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.
The median GPA for matriculated students in Fall 2020 was 3.55.
22. Are there expiration dates for my ASHA prerequisites?
There are no expiration dates on your prerequisite courses.