The following instructions are for the Master of Arts program with concentration in Speech-Language Pathology only.
- We only accept applications for Fall admissions (no Spring enrollment).
- Applications are accepted October 1st – January 10th, 4:30 pm (receipt, not postmark). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Though the general University deadline is March 1, individual departments may set their own deadlines, and the SLHS deadline is January 10. THE UNIVERSITY HAS DIFFERENT GENERAL DEADLINES, BUT STUDENTS APPLYING TO THIS DEPARTMENT MUST ADHERE TO OUR JANUARY 10TH DEADLINE.
- Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL BY EARLY APRIL.
- All applicants, whether applying to the 2-yr or 3-yr program, apply in exactly the same way.
1. Review the MA Admission Requirements page.
2. Submit the California State University (CSU) On-line Application *by December 15th*
NOTE: The CSU application must be completed first. Upon completion, SDSU will e-mail you a Student Red ID # in 10-15 business days and directions on how to set up your WebPortal account to check the status of your admission. You will need to put this Red ID # on your School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Application (item 4 below). DO NOT BEGIN SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR RED ID #, WHICH MEANS THAT ENROLLMENT SERVICES HAS SET UP YOUR ELECTRONIC FILE.
NOTE: As you will be submitting an Essay to the department in your application packet, you do not need to complete the Statement of Purpose on the CSU Mentor application. Simply write “Essay submitted directly to department” in this section.
- Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology (MA)
NOTE: You do not need to choose a credential program. Students earn their credential as part of the masters program and all credential paperwork is completed near the end of the program.
3. Submit One Set of Official Transcripts From All Institutions Attended *by January 10th*
- Mail to:
Graduate Admission Document Processing Unit
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
NOTE: Do not submit transcripts to Enrollment Services prior to submitting the CSU On-line application.
NOTE: Submit transcripts for those courses completed and graded. Do not wait until Fall grades are posted to request transcripts if doing so will cause you to miss the Jan 10 deadline. Documents submitted after Jan 10 will not be processed. If admitted, you will be required to submit your final transcript during your first semester at SDSU.
NOTE: Students who received their undergraduate degree from SDSU do not need to submit an SDSU transcript as Enrollment Services can access those transcripts electronically. HOWEVER, if you attended any other universities or junior colleges, you must submit transcripts from those schools even if those grades appear on your SDSU transcript. This holds true for all other universities’ transcripts as well. SDSU students must include an unofficial copy of their SDSU transcript in their application packet to the department.
NOTE: INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS–If you have international coursework, you must have your school send SDSU Graduate Admissions one official original-language copy of all records of academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original language documents. Country-specific guidelines can be found on the SDSU Graduate Admissions website: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html.
4. Submit the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Application *by January 10th* (now closed)
- Also print a copy of the completed application and include it with your admission packet
- You must choose whether you are applying to our 2-yr or 3-yr program
- Students who have or are in the process of completing a BA in Speech Language or Communicative Disorders from an accredited University or a Speech Language Post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited University should apply as 2-yr students
- ALL OTHER APPLICANTS should apply as 3-yr students – Our Graduate Advisor will review these files for proper classification. It does not matter if you have 1 or 10 prerequisites not completed, you should apply as a 3-yr student. Because of scheduling conflicts, you cannot take undergraduate-level prerequisites at the same time you are taking graduate-level classes.
5. Submit GRE Scores *by January 10th*
- Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) http://www.ets.org and request that your GRE scores be sent to San Diego State University electronically. Institution Code: 4682
- TOEFL scores are required, if applicable. Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) http://www.ets.org and request that your TOEFL scores be sent to San Diego State University electronically. Institution Code: 4682
6. Assemble the Admission Packet, which will include the following (I-V):
*Application packet must be received (not postmarked) by January 10th*
I. The printed School’s application (item 4 above).
II. Applicant Essay – Guidelines for the MA Applicant Essay.
III. Three Completed Recommendation Forms - Print three copies here (pdf).
Important Instructions for the Letters of Recommendation:
Three recommendations are required, but it is acceptable to submit more than three. Recommendations from former professors are highly preferred, but letters from employers or personal references are accepted. Recommendation forms are not required with letters from employers or personal references.
The recommendation form and letter (if your recommender chooses to write one) are to be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope and signed across the sealed flap. Forms and/or Letters of Recommendation may be submitted separately to the School if necessary or if this is preferred by the letter writer (address is below).
If your current school has their own recommendation form, it is acceptable to submit that instead of our form.
In the upper right-hand corner of the recommendation form, please number each 1-3 and keep a record of which number you assign to each of your recommenders. As letters are received, your electronic file in WebPortal will be updated and you will know which letters have been received by their corresponding number.
IV. A complete set of unofficial transcripts from all schools attended.
V. Your resume of experiences applicable to this field (optional).
VI. Mail or deliver the above items (I-V) in ONE envelope to:
School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
ATTN: Admissions Committee
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1518
NOTE: If necessary, Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts can be mailed separately from your admissions packet. We will assemble everything into one file upon receipt.
Apply to CSU
Send GRE and/or TOEFL scores
One official set sent to SDSU Enrollment Services
SLHS Admissions Packet should include:
Three numbered, signed, and sealed letters of recommendation
One set of unofficial transcripts
- All department level admissions-related questions should be submitted via e-mail to Janet Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All CSU-Mentor related questions or questions concerning transcript submission, unit calculations, or GRE scores/submissions, need to be submitted to the Enrollment Services Department:
International and Exchange Applicants
Dianna Brooks, email@example.com
Katie Krebs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Matthews, email@example.com
Paulette Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joselyn Acosta, email@example.com
We urge you to apply early. Enrollment Services receives thousands of transcripts a day and it takes time to process everything. Until they receive and scan all transcripts and test scores and sign off on your file at the University level, your file is considered incomplete, and incomplete applications are not reviewed by our admissions committee. You do not need to wait for final transcripts for classes in progress at the time you apply. If admitted to SDSU, those will be requested at a later date. The later you apply, the less room you have for any errors to be corrected.
last updated: 3/5/2013