Department of Communication Disorders - Application Information

Undergraduate Admissions

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 Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program below.

Graduate Admissions

The Department of Communication Disorders offers three graduate programs: the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program, the MA program in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, and the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program.  Students are admitted to graduate programs only once a year in the Fall (except for a one-time Spring 2019 admission to the AuD program).  See below for more information about each program.

To see specific data on on-time graduation rates for MA students, employment rates for MA program graduates, and passing rates for the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, go to our SLP Fact Sheet and go to the section entitled “Student Outcome Data on Recent Graduates of MA Program.” 

Speech-Language Pathology Master's 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 Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology.  Students wishing to take these prerequisites at Cal State LA must apply to the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program.  The Certificate can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Students wishing to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program must complete two separate applications.  First, an on-line application to the University must be submitted by the stated deadline via CalStateApply (see Office of Admissions and University Outreach).  In your profile, be sure to select “Certificate” as your Degree Goal.  Also be sure to submit transcripts to the Admissions office by the indicated deadline.  Second, a separate application to the Department must be completed (see the Preparatory Certificate Admissions Application).  This separate departmental application is due March 15th to begin the program the following Fall.  See our SLP Fact Sheet for more information.

MA Program:

Students who have completed (or will complete by the following Fall) an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent (i.e., prerequisite courses) are eligible to apply to the MA Program.  Students whose undergraduate degrees are in fields other than communication disorders and who have not completed the prerequisite coursework should apply to the Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program (see above).  Only full-time enrollment is permitted for the MA program.  Students wishing to apply to the MA program must complete two separate applications. First, an on-line application to the University must be submitted by the stated deadline via CalStateApply (see Office of Admissions and University Outreach).  In your profile, be sure to select “graduate” as the level of degree you are seeking and “Master’s degree or higher” as the type of degree you are seeking.  Also be sure to submit transcripts to the Admissions office by the indicated deadline.  Second, a separate on-line application must be submitted via CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service).  CSDCAS is administered by an independent third party provider and is not associated with Cal State LA.  It is a fee-based service that enables applicants to conveniently apply to multiple institutions.  The CSDCAS application is available at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/. This separate departmental application via CSDCAS is due by January 15th for the following Fall.  See our SLP Fact Sheet for more information.

AuD Program:

Students who have completed (or will complete by the following Fall) an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent (i.e., prerequisite courses) are eligible to apply to the AuD Program.   Only full-time enrollment is permitted for the AuD program.  Students wishing to apply to the AuD program must complete two separate applications. First, an on-line application to the University must be submitted by the stated deadline via CalStateApply (see Office of Admissions and University Outreach).  In your profile, be sure to select “graduate” as the level of degree you are seeking and “Master’s degree or higher” as the type of degree you are seeking.  Also be sure to submit transcripts to the Admissions office by the indicated deadline.  Second, a separate departmental application must be submitted.  For Spring 2019 admission, see our AuD Fact Sheet to access a copy of the departmental application.  For Fall 2019 admission, a separate on-line application must be submitted via CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service).  CSDCAS is administered by an independent third party provider and is not associated with Cal State LA.  It is a fee-based service that enables applicants to conveniently apply to multiple institutions.  The CSDCAS application is available at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/. This separate departmental application via CSDCAS is due by January 15th for the following Fall.  See our AuD Fact Sheet for more information.