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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to train graduate students in the knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan through academic and clinical experiences. The goal of our program is to prepare ethically responsible clinicians to make evidence-based clinical decisions. Our aim is to provide clinical services that promote wellness in culturally and linguistically diverse populations within our community.

Program Goals:

1)    Train students in prevention, assessment and intervention practices

2)    Prepare ethically responsible clinicians to make EBP clinical decisions

3)    Promote wellness in culturally and linguistically diverse populations within our community.

The MA in Education degree with the Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program will prepare students for practice in the field of speech-language pathology. This program will prepare individuals to practice across the entire scope of the field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the Graduate students will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of typical and disordered communication and swallowing across the lifespan.
  2. Integrate theory, research, and evidence-based principles into prevention, assessment, and intervention practices.
  3. Interact and communicate in ways that promote wellness and reflect respect for diversity, collaboration, and ethics.
  4. Demonstrate summative knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level practice within the field of speech-language pathology through defense of a culminating experience.

Program At A Glance (view/download MS SLP Flyer)

  • Cohort based program with a new cohort beginning each Fall
  • 76-unit program designed to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters (including summer term)
  • Program prepares students in prevention, assessment, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan for career readiness across multiple settings
  • Program offers specialty clinics to maximize student exposure to speech language pathology
  • Includes 400 supervised hours in speech language pathology in community based practice to prepare participants for their career
  • After successfully completing the program, the candidate will be eligible for state licensure, CTC credentialing and ASHA certification
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Fall 2016 Admissions Timeline (specific dates will be available after the Summer 2015 semester)

Priority Application deadline: January 2016
Notification for Interviews:
February 2016
Admissions Notifications:
March 2016
Welcome Mixer: March 2016
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15, 2016
Orientation: May 2016


Free Information Sessions

The program periodically offers free information sessions about our M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. To learn more about available sessions, please click here.

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The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University San Marcos is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years." The program is also approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CCTC). Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in Speech-Language Pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

Equity Statement

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology is committed to nondiscrimination and equitable treatment of clients and families served in our clinics, as well as applicants and students of our program. Any concerns regarding discrimination should be directed to Clinic Director, Kristen Nahrstedt (, 760-798-7010) or Program Director, Suzanne Moineau (, 760-760-8505).
Equitable Treatment of Applicants and Students:

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSU San Marcos does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran in its education programs or activities. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus). Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence.

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*Important Notes:  Do NOT apply to the University through CSU Mentor; go to SLP Application Instructions for further details and to apply. Applicants must be available for live interviews. Applicants notified of acceptance will be given a deadline by which they must accept. If no response is received by that deadline, the seat will be given to the next person on the wait list.

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