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MA Application

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 admissions).
  • Applications are accepted October 1st – January 12th, 4:30 pm (receipt, not postmark). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. THE UNIVERSITY HAS DIFFERENT GENERAL DEADLINES, BUT STUDENTS APPLYING TO THIS DEPARTMENT MUST ADHERE TO OUR JANUARY 12TH DEADLINE.
  • Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL BY THE END OF MARCH.
  • If you are interested in applying to the Master of Arts program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU and your undergraduate degree is in another discipline, you must complete the prerequisites at another institution prior to applying to SDSU.  We have discontinued our 3-year program for students with other backgrounds.  A Google search of Speech Language Post-baccalaureate Programs will guide you to schools that offer this program.

1. Review the MA Admission Requirements page.

2. Submit the California State University (CSUMentor) On-line Application *by December 15th*

NOTE: The CSUMentor 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.  Via WebPortal, you will be able to follow the processing of your application by both Enrollment Services and the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department. Enrollment Services will send e-mail updates every 2 weeks to students with incomplete files.

You will need to put this Red ID # on your School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Application (item 4 below).


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 CSUMentor application. Simply write “Essay submitted directly to department” in this section.

Major Selection:

  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology (MA)

NOTE: You do not need to choose a credential program. Students earn their SLP 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 *Must be received by Enrollment Services by January 12th*

  • Mail to:
    Enrollment Services
    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 CSUMentor On-line application and receiving your Red ID.

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 12 deadline.  Documents submitted after Jan 12 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. If you attended any other universities or junior colleges and these grades appear on your SDSU transcript, then you do not need to submit transcripts for those schools. For all other students, you must submit transcripts from all schools attended. All students must include either official or unofficial copies of their  transcripts 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:

4. Submit the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Application *by January 12th* (now closed)

  • Also print a copy of the completed application and include it with your admissions packet.

5. Submit GRE Scores *Must be received electronically by Enrollment Services by January 12th*

  • Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) 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) and request that your TOEFL scores be sent to San Diego State University electronically. Institution Code: 4682.  TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language.  This is only required for international students whose schooling thus far has been in a language other than English.
  • Allow 1 month for GRE and/or TOEFL scores to be sent electronically from ETS to SDSU.
  • ETS purges electronic GRE scores after 5 years.  For students who took the GRE more than 5 years ago, SDSU will accept an official hard copy in lieu of the electronic copy.  If you do not have an official hard copy, you must re-take the GRE.
  • TOEFL scores expire after 2 years.

6. Assemble the Admission Packet, which will include the following (I-V):

*Application packet must be received (not postmarked) by January 12th, 4:30 pm*

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 form instead of ours.

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 official or 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 can be mailed separately from your admissions packet. We will assemble everything into one file upon receipt.

Application Checklist

Apply to CSUMentor
Have ETS send electronic GRE and/or TOEFL scores
One official set sent to SDSU Enrollment Services

SLHS Admissions Packet should include:

Completed supplemental department application (not the CSUMentor application)
Three numbered, signed, and sealed letters of recommendation
One set of official or unofficial transcripts
Resume (optional)


  • All admissions-related questions should be submitted via e-mail to Janet Park at
  • The majority of applicants submit their application packets at the deadline and then call or e-mail to confirm it was received.  These calls and e-mails will not be returned as students are required to track the processing of their application via WebPortal.  Your WebPortal account will be updated within a few days of receipt of your application packet.


Apply Early!

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: 4/17/2014