Communicative Disorders MS (with Speech-Language Pathology MS) Admissions

Application Deadline

  • Applications are due yearly by December 15th
  • Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only.

Program Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution posted by the time student enters program
  • Completion of at least 6 undergraduate courses in Communicative Disorders and 9 courses prior to admission
  • 3.0 GPA overall in baccalaureate coursework
  • Written English Proficiency (WEP)
  • Basic Skills requirement
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC) Fingerprint requirement

Application Requirements

  • Apply to Cal State Apply
  • $55 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL score (international students)

See Step 1 below for instructions.

  • Special Education Programs application
  • Program application fee $25.00 (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of two)
  • Written English Proficiency Exam

See Step 2 below for instructions.


How to Apply

Download the program application forms

Communicative Disorders Program Admissions Packet


Step 1: Apply to Division of Graduate Studies 

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.

 

1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

When filling out the online application: 

  • Choose the Major/Program Objective: Communicative Disorders
  • Choose the Degree Objective: Master of Science
  • Choose the Credential Objective: Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC)

 

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended.
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

 

Send the above documents to:
Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

 

Go to Domestic Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website

 

1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

When filling out the online application: 

  • Choose the Major/Program Objective: Communicative Disorders
  • Choose the Degree Objective: Master of Science
  • Choose the Credential Objective: Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC)

 

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

 

Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA

Go to International Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website


Step 2: Apply to Program Department 

You must also apply directly to the specific department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

The application process takes multiple steps. The easiest way to apply is to download and carefully read the Communicative Disorders Programs Admissions packet.

Applicants to this program must submit the following materials together in one packet by the deadline. Make sure your full name and SF State ID# appears clearly on every document.

  • Communicative Disorders Program Application

    • Complete the Communicative Disorders Programs Application Form found on page 12 of the Communicative Disorders Programs Admissions packet

  • Processing fee

    • There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee for this application. This can be paid at the Bursar’s office prior to submitting the program application. The Bursar will stamp the payment slip included in the admissions packet. If you cannot pay in person, a check or money order payable to SF State can be attached to the filled out fee slip.

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

    • GPA: 3.0 overall in baccalaureate coursework

    • This is in addition to transcripts for the CSU Graduate application. You should collect all official transcripts and submit them with the application. SF State transcripts can be unofficial copies from MySFSU. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a state approved agency. Visit the CTC website for a list of agencies.

  • Statement of Purpose

    • Submit a typed essay outlining the reasons you want to enter the selected program area. Include experiences and personal attributes that illustrate a potential for success in the program and in the field of special education. Applicants might also include professional goals for the future. The statement should be 1 – 3 double spaced pages.  

  • Letters of recommendation – minimum of two

    • Submit at least two letters of recommendation. It is preferred that letters come from individuals who have observed and collaborated with you in a professional or educational setting. Additionally, it is recommended that the letters be written by people who can comment on your experiences with people with disabilities and / or in an educational setting. It is also appropriate to have recommendations from those who can speak to your academic ability and potential for success in a graduate-level program. Additional letters beyond the required two will also be accepted to augment the application. Letters need to be typed on professional letterhead with original signatures. Letters from relatives are not appropriate. 

  • Résumé

    • Include information about your academic, employment, and volunteer experiences that are pertinent to your application and program objective. 

  • Written English Proficiency Requirement

    • Applicants will be required to submit evidence of one of the following as part of their application for admission to th Special Education: 

      • 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 (International English Language Testing System) 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 

  • Basic Skills

    • Submit a photocopy of the results of one of the following options to fulfill this requirement. You cannot combine any of the options below: 

      • CBEST (California Basic Skills Examination). Visit the CECE website for more information.

      • Out-of-State Basic Skills Exam. Not all states’ Basic Skills Exams have been approved by the CTC. Contact the Credential Services Center to find out if the test you took is approved. For more information on specific tests, contact the appropriate Department of Education for the state in which the test is given. 

      • CSET: Multiple Subjects plus Writing Skills. You must pass the Writing Skills test AND all three Multiple Subject subtests to fulfill the Basic Skills requirement. Visit the CECE website for more information.

      • CSU EAP Placement Tests (Early Assessment Program). This test is given to California high school students only. This is usually taken in the spring of your 11th grade year. Results must show College Ready OR Exempt.

      • CSU ELM & EPT (Entry Level Math & English Placement Test). These tests are taken by incoming CSU freshmen. ELM passing results: 50 (550 prior to March 2003) EPT passing results: 151. Submit a photocopy of the results or a printout from MySFSU or similar CSU student system. Results must show a score on both ELM and EPT. 

  • Certificate of Clearance (COC)*

    • In accordance with California state law and Education code, all teaching credential applicants must go through a background check. All applicants must apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) OR submit proof of prior completion of the clearance. Acceptable documentation in lieu of a Certificate of Clearance include valid credentials or permits issued by the CTC, including substitute, pre-intern, clear or preliminary, or Child Development permits. District or other job related clearance is not acceptable. Submit a photocopy of the document or a print-out from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website. For instructions on applying for the Certificate of Clearance refer to the Special Education Programs General Information packet. 

*The Certificate of Clearance is only required upon department recommendation for admittance to the CD Program. Staff will contact you with further instructions when necessary.

Send to:
Credential Services Office
ATTN: Credential Admissions - CD
Graduate College of Education - BH 244
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158
USA


Step 3: Confirm Admission Status

After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact Credential and Graduate Services at 415-405-3594 or credinfo@sfsu.edu.