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Fact Sheet - Graduate Programs in Speech-Language Pathology

California State University, Los Angeles
Graduate Programs in Speech-Language Pathology
Fact Sheet

GRADUATE PROGRAMS OFFERED

The Department of Communication Disorders offers two graduate programs: the MA Program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology option, and the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program.  Additionally, coursework is offered for students in the MA program that leads to the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Speech, Language, and Hearing (needed to be employed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school setting).

The MA program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and thus prepares students for certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist by ASHA, as well as for state licensure by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program
The Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program requires completion of 14 courses (57 units).  These 14 courses are required prerequisites to the MA Program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology option.  Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than Communication Disorders must complete these prerequisites to be eligible to apply for the MA Program.  Full-time students can complete the Certificate in one year (4 quarters) if coursework begins in the Fall.  Part-time students can complete the Certificate in two years (7-8 quarters).  See list of requirements and sample full- and part-time schedules.

MA Program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology Option
The MA program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology option, requires the completion of a minimum of 58 quarter units of graduate coursework and clinical practicum. Additionally, most students choose to simultaneously pursue the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, which adds 18-21 additional quarter units (14 of which are involved with student teaching) to the program.  Historically, full-time students could complete the MA program (including the services credential requirements) in two years, including summers, if they were successful academically, while part-time students would take three years or longer, depending on their study load.  That is currently still the case. 

ADMISSION PROCESS

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program
To apply to the Preparatory Certificate Program go to the www.CSUMentor.com and complete the on-line application to the University by the stated deadline (a deadline for Fall 2012 applications has not been set; check CSUMentor for updates).  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.  Do not submit a departmental application at this time.  The on-line application allows for submission of letters of recommendation and GRE scores; however, these are not required for the Certificate Program, and you do NOT have to submit them to the University at this time.  Be sure to submit official transcripts to the University (not the COMD Department) by the indicated deadline, because that IS required, and your name won’t even show up on the list of applicants without those having been received.

MA Program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology Option
There is a two-step process required for admission to the MA Program in Communicative Disorders.  Step 1: Application to the University.  Except for students currently enrolled in the Preparatory Certificate Program at CSULA, all students must submit the university application, including current CSULA undergraduate students.  This application is totally separate from the departmental admissions process.  Complete the on-line university application at www.CSUMentor.com by the stated deadline.  The on-line application allows for submission of letters of recommendation and GRE scores.  You will submit those documents with your departmental application (Step 2); do not submit them with your CSU Mentor application.  Be sure to submit official transcripts to the University by the indicated deadline.  Step 2: Application to the Department of Communication Disorders.  The Departmental application consists of the departmental application form, three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, transcripts, and forwarded results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  An on-campus interview may also be required.  Contact the Department office for a Departmental application instruction sheet and forms or click here to download them.  The deadline for the departmental application is February 1st for the following Fall.

Admission to the MA program in Speech-Language Pathology is a competitive process whereby all full-time faculty are part of a committee that evaluates the credentials of all applicants.  Prospective students are admitted, placed on a waiting list, or denied admission on the basis of an evaluation of their grade point average in COMD coursework, grade point average in the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate coursework, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and interview results, if applicable.

Additional Admissions Information
All students in the MA program must pass a Writing Proficiency Examination before the end of their second quarter of graduate study.  Passing the CBEST (California Basic Skills Test) with a score of 41 or better on the writing section will satisfy this requirement.

We would be happy to answer any additional questions you have about the admissions process.  Please call (323) 343-4754 and ask questions of our secretary; if she cannot answer your questions, you will be referred to an appropriate advisor.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program
Requirements for admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate Program include completion of a baccalaureate degree and a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the last 90 quarter units of coursework taken.  These are minimum criteria only and do not guarantee admission to the program.

MA Program in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology Option
Requirements for admission to the MA program in Speech-Language Pathology include the following:

1.  completion of a baccalaureate degree in communicative disorders or its equivalent (i.e., completion of the Master’s Preparatory Certificate or equivalent coursework at another University)
2.  a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the last 90 quarter units of coursework taken in the undergraduate degree program
3.  a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate or prerequisite speech-language pathology and audiology courses
4.  recent GRE scores
5.  department application form
6.  letter of professional goals and intent
7.  three letters of recommendation
8.  on-campus interview (if requested)

Note that the above requirements specify minimum criteria only.  Achievement of minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

EXIT DATA ON RECENT GRADUATES OF M.A. PROGRAM

Completion Rates

The following chart indicates ontime and delayed completion rates, as well as dropout rates for students in the master’s degree program beginning with the class entering in 2009.

Class Entering

Ontime Completion Rate (2 years)

Delayed Rate (3 years)

Drop-Out Rate

2011

85% (20 students)

5%

10% (2 students)

2010

100% (20 students)

None

None

2009

89% (16 students)

None

11% (2 students)

Over the past three years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12), on-time completion rates (two years for full-time students) have averaged 91.7%.  Total completion rates, including students who required an additional one to three quarters to receive their degrees, has also averaged 96.3%. In the three year period, four students (6%) did not complete the program – two for medical reasons, two for academic reasons.


Passing Rates on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology
From 2011 to 2013, 100% of our graduate students have passed the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, part of our current comprehensive examination for students about to complete the M.A. program, on their first attempts.

                        Passing Rates
2012-2013          100% (17 students)
2011-2012          100% (20 students)
2010-2011          100% (16 students)

Employment Rates for Graduated Students
From 2011 to 2013, 100% of new graduates were employed in the field within a few months of graduation (17 students in 2013, 20 students in 2012, 16 students in 2011)

WHY CAL STATE LOS ANGELES FOR GRADUATE STUDY?

We realize that there are many master's degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology throughout the country and even in the local Southern California community.  So, then, why consider Cal State LA for your master's degree?  We believe there are several reasons:

1.  Within the first week of your MA program, an advisor will sit down with you to individually plan your program of study.  Once this plan is completed and signed, we will do everything we can to provide courses and experiences at the times indicated on your plan.  If you have to make any change as time goes by, we will sit down with you again to re-plan the remainder of your program.  In short, we will work hard not to create artificial roadblocks during the difficult-enough task of completing a master's degree.  We are a mid-sized graduate program, accepting approximately 18 new master's degree students in Speech-Language Pathology yearly.  Thus, we are large enough to provide a sufficient cohort for learning, yet small enough that we can give personal attention to every graduate student.

2.  Our students have access to a tremendous array of opportunities for clinical externship experience.  Over the past few years, CSULA students have completed externships at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, White Memorial Medical Center, Children's Hospital (L.A.), the Long Beach, Sepulveda, Wadsworth, and Los Angeles Veteran's Administration Medical Centers, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Glendale Adventist Hospital, Casa Colina Hospital, Kaiser Permanente (various facilities), St. Francis Medical Center, Daniel Freeman Hospital, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, La Palma Hospital, and several other medical facilities.  School externships have been completed in at least 10 local school districts, and a few that are not so local.

3.  In its close to 50-year history, California State University, Los Angeles, has graduated some of the most respected and best-known Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in the state.  In addition to hundreds of clinicians working in diverse settings throughout the country, our alumni include many program directors, university instructors, faculty members and department chairs, at least one University Dean, and several American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) national and state office holders.

More Questions?
If you continue to have questions about the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, feel free to call the department at (323) 343-4754.  Our department secretary will be happy to try to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can.  Best Wishes.

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Last Update: 2/10/2014