Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

About This Program

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All academic coursework in the program is offered 100% online. All clinical practicum experiences are completed at sites within the student’s community. The clinical practicum experiences require students to be available a minimum of 12-16 hours per week for the 3 pediatric clinical practicum experiences. The adult externship is completed during the last summer in the program; students are required to be available full-time (8 hours per day; 5 days per week) for the 12 weeks of the summer session.

Speech-language pathologists assist both children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders. Excellent career opportunities in this field are expected to continue well into the next decade as the expanding older population ages and medical advances improve survival rates for premature infants and victims of stroke and trauma, all of whom typically require professional speech assessment and, possibly, treatment.

A master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is the professional entry-level requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist. Completion of CSUN's CDS SLP master's program satisfies the academic requirements for

  • Licensure in all states to practice in medical, rehabilitative or private practice settings;
  • Education credentials in all states for employment in public schools; and
  • Professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the field's leading national professional, credentialing and scientific organization.

Offered in collaboration with CSUN's College of Health and Human Development, this program is a 41-month course of study, taught fully online by distinguished CSUN faculty with field experience in all aspects of the profession. The program is also taught in the cohort format, which maximizes interaction with faculty and fosters the development of networking relationships with fellow participants.

For California residents who hold bachelor's degrees in CDS or SLP but are not interested in pursuing the M.S. degree at this time, CSUN offers the SLPA Certificate of Advanced Professional Development in SLPA Fieldwork. This 100-hour program, which includes both online study at home and an eight-week clinical field experience, is designed to facilitate career advancement.

CSUN also offers a two-year, fully online CDS Prerequisite ("Pre-CDS") program that prepares those with bachelor's degrees in fields other than CDS or SLP for automatic admission into the CDS SLP master's program.


The M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences program won the Outstanding Program Award from the National Awards Committee of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).