Welcome, Prospective Students!

Thank you for your interest in the Communicative Disorders (CD) Program. Here you will find information about how to apply to the program, what qualifications are desired, information for those without an undergraduate degree in CD, and more.

Informational meetings about the CD Master's Program are offered throughout the year.

3 informational meetings are offered every semester. To register, go to http://gcoe.sfsu.edu/events/information-session.

Speech-Language Pathology Rated an Excellent Career

Speech-language pathology was ranked among the top 25 best careers by U.S. News and World Report.

Speech-Language Pathologists work with the full range of human communication and its disorders. They evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. They treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-Language Pathologists may teaching in college and university programs; manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private clinics; engage in research about human communication; supervise and direct public school or clinical programs; or develop new methods and products to evaluate and treat speech-language disorders. Speech-language pathologists often work collaboratively with teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

Applicants will be required to submit evidence of one of the following as a part of their application for admission to our M.S. in Communicative Disorders:

  • score of at least 3.5/6.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing Test or GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment;
  • score of at least 4.5/6.0 on the essay test of the paper-based [PBT] TOEFL (a minimum score of 24/30 on the Writing section of the Internet-based test [iBT] TOEFL);
  • score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant score on the Pearson Test of English;
  • a passing status score of at least 220 on the CSET Writing Skills Test;

Applicants who do not meet one of these requirements will be denied admission.

Undergraduate or Transfer Students Declaring CD Major

Choosing a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The CD Program is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the CD major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Before declaring CD as your major, we require that you consider the following to see if CD is right for you:

1. In addition to the CD major courses, you must also complete the following:
(Note: The requirements below CANNOT be substituted by CD courses.)

1.  The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Biology course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Acceptable courses at SFSU: BIOL 100; BIOL 160; BIOL 170; BIOL 176; Acceptable courses from other universities include:  biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

(Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org for course equivalents.)

2.  Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) must take one of these courses: CHEM 100; CHEM 101; CHEM 180; PHYS 101; PHYS 111; or PHYS 220 or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Chemistry or Physics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) can take any course from the Area B1: Physical Science List.

If you are unsure about pursing a degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders, we STRONGLY recommend that you take a CHEM or PHYS course in order to keep your options open.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

(Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org for course equivalents.)

3.  Students must take at least one course in Statistics. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Statistics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

At SFSU, the following courses will fulfill the Statistics requirement: MATH 124; PSY 171; or ISED 160.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

(CSU Northridge also offers an online Introductory Statistics course – MATH 140 – which is open to eligible SFSU students. For more information, please visit http://groups.csuprojects.org/online-fall2013)

4.  Students must take at least one course from the Area D1: Social Sciences list or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Social Science course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

2. Download the Undergraduate CD Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it.

You must bring this form to meet with a CD advisor to declare the major.

3. Bring a transcript

You must have a 2.0 GPA to declare the CD major. Please bring a transcript to your advising meeting. (An unofficial transcript is okay.)

4. Download and carefully read the Essential Functions Guide that describes the essential characteristics necessary for success in the SLP field

5. In order to register for CD courses, you must have completed a minimum of 60 units.

If you believe CD is a good fit for you after completing the 5 steps above, or if you wish to learn more about the CD major, make an appointment with a CD advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the Undergraduate CD Major Guide that you have completed and signed to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in CD to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.