This page includes the following program requirements:

  • Admission Requirements
  • Required English Language Skills for International Students
  • Technical Requirements
  • Admission Acceptance & Orientation Requirements
  • Master's Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Certificate of Pre-SLP program, applicants must possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in any field of study.
  • No less than a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter academic units attempted, independent of when the bachelor's degree was granted.
    • The entire academic term in which the 60-90 units began will be used in this calculation. Postgraduate course work is included in the calculation only if it consists of standard academic offerings at the upper-division level (third year/junior level or above).
    • Nonstandard credit offerings (professional training, CEU courses, non-degree or other professional credit) are not included in the calculation.
    • Participants with less than a 2.5 GPA will not be considered for the program.

English Proficiency Requirements

The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for direct admission to the Certificate of Pre-SLP program.

Test Name and Website Minimum Score Required for Graduate Students Send Score Directly To CSUN
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language — Computer-based score: 213
— Internet Based score: 79
— Paper-based score: 550
Use CSUN School Code 4707.
IELTS - International English Language Test System 6.5 or higher
Have IELTS send a copy of your Test Report Form to CSUN.
PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English 58 or higher Online through your PTE Academic Account

Exception:  If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:

  • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
  • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Master's Program Automatic Admission Requirements

CSUN Certificate of Pre-SLP Program students who meet the following criteria will be automatically admitted into the CSUN Distance Learning Master's Degree Program:

  • GPA: CSUN Certificate of Pre-SLP program GPA of 3.85 or higher
  • Test Scores:
    • GRE score of 1080 or higher (verbal + quantitative reasoning scores)
      -- OR --
    • GRE score of 301 or higher (verbal + quantitative reasoning scores) in the revised GRE scoring
      -- OR --
    • MAT score of 417 or higher
  • Positive Recommendations from Certificate of Pre-SLP faculty. For details on this requirement please contact Sherry.Foldvary@csun.edu.

CSUN Certificate of Pre-SLP students who do not meet these criteria may still apply to the CSUN CDS Distance Learning Master's Degree Program and may be admitted into the program. Competitive non-CSUN master's program applicants in the past have possessed a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and score approx. 1000-1200 on the GRE (quantitative + verbal reasoning scores) or over 410 on the MAT.

Please note: The GRE/MAT is not required for admission to the Certificate of Pre-SLP Program; however, it is required for all CSUN CDS Distance Learning Master's Degree Program applicants.

Test Scores

GRE score: Old Scale - 1010 or New Scale - 297.

NOTE: GRE is not required for Pre-SLP admission; it is required for all CSUN CDS masters' applicants.

Technical Requirements

Please carefully review the technical requirements for this program.

Program Policies

Please carefully review the full list of Program Policies.