If you will be attending Cal State LA as a first-time freshman or transfer student, refer to the Office of Admissions and University Outreach for general admissions information. If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than Communication Disorders and wish to take prerequisites for the MA program, see Preparatory Certificate Program below.
To find out more about some of the unique aspects of the Department of Communication Disorders, including specific data on graduation rates for graduate students, employment rates for M.A. program graduates, and passing rates for the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, go to our Fact Sheet and go to the section entitled “Exit Data on Recent Graduates of M.A. Program” Students are admitted to the MA program only once a year in the Fall. Currently students are admitted to the Preparatory Certificate Program Fall, Winter, and Spring, but may change to Fall only in the future depending on the state budget. Students who have (or will have by the next Fall) an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders or the equivalent (i.e., completion of prerequisite coursework) are “MA ready” and should apply to the MA program in Speech-Language Pathology (see MA Program below). Students whose undergraduate degrees are in fields other than communication disorders and who have not completed the prerequisite coursework should apply to the Preparatory Certificate Program.
Preparatory Certificate Program:
Students whose undergraduate degrees are in fields other than communication disorders need to complete prerequisite courses before being eligible to apply to the MA program in Speech-Language Pathology. Students wishing to take these prerequisites at CSU Los Angeles must apply to the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program.
The Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate requires completion of the following 14 courses:
COMD 170 Introduction to Communication Disorders (4)
COMD 401 Acoustics of Speech and Hearing (4)
COMD 402 Audiology and Audiometry (5)
COMD 420 Rehabilitative Audiology (5)
COMD 451 Psychosocial Considerations in Communication Disorders (3)
COMD 456/CHDV 492 Development of Verbal Behavior in Children (4)
COMD 458 Research Methods in Communication Disorders (4)
COMD 460 Advanced Language Development (4)
COMD 461 Descriptive Phonetics (4)
COMD 462 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4)
COMD 463 Neuroscience of Communication (4)
COMD 471 SLP I: Language Disorders in Children and Adults (4)
COMD 472 SLP II: Fluency and Articulation/Phonological Disorders (4)
COMD 473 SLP III: Voice, Cleft Palate, and Cerebral Palsy (4)
Students must receive a “C” or better in each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to continue in the program. To receive the certificate, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the above 14 required courses.
The Certificate can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Completion of the Certificate on a full-time basis takes one year (four quarters) with 3-4 courses each quarter, and is usually only possible if coursework begins in the Fall quarter. Completion of the Certificate on a part-time basis takes two years with 2 courses per quarter. See sample schedules.
To apply to the Preparatory Certificate Program go to the Office of Admissions and University Outreach and complete the on-line application by the stated deadline. Be sure to apply for graduate admissions and select the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate as the program you wish to apply to. Also be sure to submit transcripts to the Admissions office by the indicated deadline. A separate application to the Department is not required. See the Fact Sheet for more information.
Students who are ready to start the MA Program (undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders or completion of prerequisite courses) must complete two separate applications. First, an on-line application to the University must be submitted by the stated deadline (see Office of Admissions and University Outreach). Be sure to apply for graduate admissions and select the Master’s in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology option, as the program you wish to apply to. Second, a separate application to the Department must be completed (see the Communicative Disorders Graduate Admissions Application). This separate departmental application is due by February 1st for the following Fall.
Note: If you are a current graduate student at CSULA in the process of completing the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program, you do not need to submit the on-line application to the University. Only the Departmental application needs to be submitted.
See our Fact Sheet for more information about our graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.