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Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
Is California State University, Northridge (CSUN) accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)?
When will the program begin?
To help students become familiar with the online process, there is a mandatory two-week online Distance Learning (DL) orientation in early-to-mid January. New cohorts begin their regular curriculum coursework at the start of the Spring semester.
Do I need an undergraduate degree to qualify?
Must the degree be in Communication Disorders and Sciences?
No, but qualifying prerequisite coursework in Communication Disorders must be completed before you are eligible to apply to the Master's Degree Program.
Will I need a computer?
Yes. Please note the Hardware and Software requirements.
What prerequisite coursework is needed?
If your undergraduate degree is not in Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Disorders and Sciences, there are 10 prerequisite courses (30 units) in CD that must be completed. Please refer to the Program Requirements Section > Admission Requirements for the list of prerequisite courses.
In addition, students must have complete the required ASHA coursework in the following areas: Biological Science, Physical Science, Social/Behavioral Science, Statistics.
Is prerequisite coursework offered online through CSUN?
Yes. Please visit Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) Prerequisite Program.
Will I have to accrue clinical hours?
Yes, students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology. 25 hours must be spent in clinical observation and 375 hours must be spent in direct client/patient contact.
Will I have to attend any classes at CSUN?
Will this program accommodate a job?
How long will it take?
How do I find out more about the program?
For additional information, fill out an Information Request Form or call (818) 677-2803.
Is admission to the program competitive?
Is the program available if I move to another country?
No, the CDS Distance Learning Master’s Degree Program does not accept international students at this time. Students must reside in the United States throughout the program.
Will I be able to access CSUN student services?
Will I get the same degree as CSUN students who attend classes on campus?
Yes. You will earn a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from CSUN.
Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions and Transfers
What do I need to become a student in the Distance Learning Program?
- Students must satisfy university graduate school admission requirements.
- Students must have 30 hours as a post-baccalaureate student or a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders (with 30 hours of specified pre-requisite coursework).
- Students must be able to meet practica requirements at a clinical site.
- Students must satisfy admissions requirements, including review of transcripts, successful completion of the GRE or MAT, letters of reference and a statement of intent.
- Students must have a late-model PC and Internet connection (click here for computer requirements), a television, VCR and fax capability.
- Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
- Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
- Have at least a 2.5 grade point average in the last 60 semester units attempted.
- Complete 30 units of approved undergraduate courses in Communicative Disorders.
- Earn a passing score on the CSU Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam. If this examination has not been taken, it may be taken the first semester of matriculation in graduate school.
- Make arrangements with a pediatric clinical site after admission to the program. The site may be an employment or volunteer site. The site must sign a contract with the university. The contract states that a supervisor who is qualified will be provided by the work site. The supervisor will be offered a stipend, optional continuing education courses, and adjunct professor status at the university.
- Meet the computer hardware and software requirements.
Is it possible to transfer graduate courses already completed?
No. All course work for the graduate degree must be completed as a member of the "DL COHORT" (DL stands for Distance Learning).
Is it possible to transfer clinical practica already completed?
Yes. The first 75 clock hours of your practica may be transferred from prior work at Cal State Northridge or another CAA approved university under the supervision of a CCC/SLP.
Is it possible to switch courses between the residential and Distance Learning graduate programs in speech-language pathology at Cal State Northridge?
No. Students are admitted either to the residential or to the Distance Learning program and may not enroll in coursework outside the program of admission in the department.
May I apply to both the Distance Learning and residential programs?
Yes. However, you will need to complete two separate application forms since these programs are administered separately and have differing dates for applications, enrollment, fee payment, and course calendars.
Do I have to pay two fees to the graduate school if I do apply to both programs?
Yes. Students must pay a separate application fee for each program as the application processes are different.
Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?
You should have at least 2 academic references. The remaining recommendation should come from a professional source, i.e. someone who can attest to your clinical work (your employer or a clinic supervisor). Avoid friends and family and parents of children who you have worked with.
Can I transfer graduate hours that I completed at another university?
No. This is a lockstep program. You begin together, take all the courses together and end together.
How do I know if this program would be "right" for me?
Past experience has told us that this program requires a student to be HIGHLY motivated and HIGHLY organized.
Will I be eligible for Financial Aid?
Yes, if you meet the criteria. You will be a matriculated student. See the CSUN financial aid page for information.
What can I do to prepare to apply?
You can study for the GRE. The scores are good for five years. You can ask people to write letters of reference. You can get your clinic hours signed by your university.
Frequently Asked Questions About the General Record Examination (GRE)
What subtests of the GRE are considered in the application process?
Verbal and Quantitative
What score is required on the GRE?
The university catalog indicates that a student must achieve scores in the 50th percentile or better on either the Verbal or the Quantitative subtests of the GRE. During the application review process, a point ranking system is used for the GRE scores (286 is the lowest score that receives points, however we prefer scores equivalent to 300 or above in new GRE scoring system).
Is the GRE offered frequently?
Go to the GRE web page for more information. The GRE is given in Sylvan Learning Centers in your area usually more than once a month. You will receive an UNOFFICIAL score when you leave.
Can I take the GRE again?
Should I study for the GRE?
Yes. You may wish to buy software to "practice" the GRE on your computer. You can buy preparation books through the GRE testing service or at any bookstore. You may also wish to take a review course.
For additional questions and answers, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.