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Application Instructions

The application deadline for the Fall 2015 Cohort closed January 15, 2015. The 2016 program application will be available shortly. Please check back to this site for updates.

How To Apply

You must apply to both CSUSM and Communicative Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). Instructions to apply to each type are included below.

Please review the following instructions to apply to the Master of Arts in Education with an Option in Communicative Sciences Disorders (CSD) program.  The instructions must be followed exactly to receive full consideration for admission to the CSD program.  We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents by the deadline.


STEP 1: Submit your application to CSUSM

Application Instructions:

A. Click the following link: CSD Application
B. Click the "Register" link and follow the instructions to create your account. Be sure to write down your username and password to use at a later time.
C. Click the "Start New Application" link and update the fields with the following information:

 - Country of Citizenship:
 - Career: Graduate or Second Bachelor Degree
 - Admit Term: Fall 2015
 - Program: Graduate Program
 - Plan: Master of Arts in Education, Option in Communicative Sciences & Disorders

 - Click the Start Application button.

D. Complete the remainder of the application. Click on Validate to confirm all required fields are complete. Fill in all required fields, then click on Validate again.

E. Once all the fields have been validated, check the box certifying that your application is accurate and click the Submit button.

Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $105 program application fee. Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the Unversity.

This application does NOT register you for courses. Application through CSU Mentor is no longer required.

STEP 2: Submit official transcripts to CSUSM

In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must submit official transcripts from ALL* postsecondary institutions you previously attended to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning/CSD
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

*Even if you received your undergraduate degree and/or CSD Prep Certificate from CSUSM, you are still required to submit official transcripts for this application.

International students please note: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.  In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please visit this link to obtain the list of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

STEP 3: Satisfy English Proficiency Requirement (Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only):

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.  Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.  Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning/CSD
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Please note: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible.  Please review your Student Center at MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.


STEP 1: Submit your application to the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)

Beginning September 17th, 2014, students will be able to log in and create their 2015 application.

The department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). CSDCAS was created to provide applicants an opportunity to submit their materials electronically, thereby enabling applicants to submit a single application, have their transcripts reviewed and verified, their letters of recommendation stored electronically, and their essay submitted on-line. Please review STEP 3 and STEP 4 below for further details about recommendations and the personal statement. If the applicant so chooses, he or she can designate multiple universities as recipients of their application with a single click of their mouse. More importantly, this system ensures that materials will never be lost, misplaced, or left to the vagaries of the postal system. To access the CSDCAS Portal, please use the following link:


The CSDCAS deadline is when an applicant must e-submit their online application ONLY. If you do not submit your online application to CSDCAS by the Friday, January 15, 2015 deadline, you will not be able to apply to the program and you will not be considered for admission, even if you have already submitted the University application on time. Please note that it is your responsibility as a prospective student to ensure that you submit this on-time. In order to avoid the risk of not having your application reviewed, please do not wait until the final hour to submit your online application for CSDCAS.

If you electronically apply by Friday, January 15, 2015, by 2:00pm PST (5:00pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME), CSDCAS will accept transcripts, letters of recommendation and your personal statement until Saturday, January 24, 2015. They will also distribute your application to the department for review when your file is complete. If any materials are still missing after the 1/24/15 deadline, your file will automatically deactivate and you will not have any chance of being reviewed. No exceptions will be granted.

In order for you to complete your CSDCAS application, you will need to follow all the steps as outlined on the CSDCAS website.

CSDCAS Customer Service Information Customer Service is available Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)

Phone: (617) 612-2030 / email:

STEP 2: Submit your transcripts through CSDCAS

Official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions you have attended must be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office to the following address:

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Unofficial, student-issued and hand-carried transcripts will not be ACCEPTED.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing, as it can take CSDCAS up to 28 days to process your transcripts once they receive them. All transcripts need to be processed (verified) by our document deadline of 1/24/15, or else your application will not be reviewed. It is the prospective student’s full responsibility to ensure that their documents are processed in a timely manner in order to meet the deadlines for our program, so please plan accordingly.

STEP 3: Submit your Personal Essay

As an applicant to the CSD program, you will be required to respond to the following essay prompt:  What does wellness mean to you and how can you incorporate it into your clinical practice to enhance your clients' quality of life.

Your personal essay must be submitted as part of your application in the CSDCAS portal by Friday, January 15, 2015. The CSDCAS field for this section is limited to 5500 characters.

STEP 4: Enter Reference Contact Information for Letters of Recommendation

The CSDCAS application process incorporates the request and submittal of two letters of recommendation as required by CSUSM. One recommender should be from an academic source and one should be from a professional source. The recommender should be familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. Update: Please note the CSDCAS application requires three recommenders be identified. If you don't have a third reference, please enter the name and email of anyone EXCEPT the first or second recommender or the specific email used to set up your CSDCAS account. This reference contact must be included by you to submit your CSDCAS application but the recommender does NOT need to respond back to CSDCAS. 

For instructions on electronic letters of recommendation, please log into the CSDCAS Portal. Please note, CSDCAS no longer accepts paper letters of recommendation.

STEP 5: Submit Coursework Checklist to CSDCAS

Please complete the Prererequisite Checklist the and upload the file as an attachment in your CSDCAS application. 


Applicants accepted to the Master of Arts in Education, Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program will also be required to submit an official Certificate of Clearance as well as documentation supporting successful completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (for example, the CBEST).  Please note, these items are only required for students admitted to the program.  Although you are not required to submit these documents with your application, we encourage you to review the process (see links below) to obtain these documents at your earliest convenience.

*Further instructions will be given to admitted students on how to upload this information as part of your student file.

How to Obtain a Certificate of Clearance

For information on how to receive your Certificate of Clearance, please select one of the following links:

How to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement

The Basic Skills Requirement may be satisfied in a number of ways.  The CBEST is most commonly submitted to meet this requirement. For a list of acceptable options to meet the basic skills requirement, please view Basic Skills Requirement