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The Spring 2022 SLP Prep Cohort application is now open!

Priority deadline for the SLP Prep 2022 application is September 22, 2021

SLP Prep Cohort Admissions Information

In order to be eligible for the SLP Prep Cohort Program, applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in their last degree completed OR last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed. The SLP Prep program is designed for individuals who are missing all of the prerequisites for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program at CSUSM. Priority admission is given to those applicants who have not completed any of the prerequisites upon evaluation. The courses are offered continuously during the Spring, Summer and Fall terms in order to prepare applicants for the January priority application deadline. As an SLP Prep Cohort student, you will be guaranteed a seat for each course in the sequence as they are offered, and are eligible to apply for financial aid.*

If you choose not to participate in the SLP Prep Cohort program, see Non-Cohort Course Options for more information.

*Please note, to be considered for admission you must reside in one of the listed states.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Complete/Submit Your Online Application

  1. Please review the following steps prior to submitting your application: SLP Prep Application Guide.
  2. SLP Prep Cohort Application: 
    •  SLP Prep Spring 2022 Program Application*

SLP Prep Spring 2022 Program Application

Application Note: Once you have completed and paid for your SLP Prep Program Application, you must submit ALL transcripts to be accepted into the cohort program. Do NOT mail transcripts before your application has been "Posted". Please do NOT open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial."

Step 2: Submit Official Transcripts to CSUSM

Request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended. The following submission options are:

Mail: If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:

Office of Admissions and Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Electronic*: Electronic delivery is the preferred transcript delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.

* Please note all international transcripts and coursework must be submitted via postal mail.

Previous CSUSM students who have been out for over a year should resend all official transcripts from other institutions as the originals may have been archived.

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of SLP Prep.

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 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), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or Cambridge English score report.  Submission of these test scores should be sent to:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning / SLP
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. Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:

  • TOEFL score of 61 iBT with a writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0
  • Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168 (160 and above eligible for pathway program)