Please read the following for instructions on how to apply for admission to the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP-LCD). Importantly, the GRE is no longer required for admission. The application period opening in October 2023 is to join the program in Fall 2024.
Fall 2024 Application Overview
Graduate admissions is a 2-step process. First, you must apply generally to the University via the CalState Apply application, which is open starting October 1. The deadline to submit is December 15. This application fee is $70. You will follow the status of this application, as well as receipt of your transcripts, via your my.SDSU account. See Step 1, below, for more information.
Second, you must apply to the program via the supplemental CSDCAS application, which is open starting October 1. The deadline to submit is January 12. You will follow the status of this application via CSDCAS. Deadline for submissions of all application materials, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and TOEFL scores is January 12. Hard copies must be postmarked by January 12. CSDCAS application fees and fee waivers are detailed here. See Step 2, below, for more information.
Note that processing of the two steps is simultaneous but separate. Follow instructions provided throughout the application process to set up both your my.SDSU account and CSDCAS account.
Finally, please note that transcripts are required by CSDCAS (Step 2 of the application process) and by San Diego State University Graduate Admissions. See the Transcripts section, below.
You are encouraged to begin this process early to assure consideration of your application. Getting in touch is a great place to start! To learn more about our program, please email Associate Director, Dr. Irina Popova (email@example.com). Please also review our faculty and their research as you consider possible mentors.
Admission decisions are made in March, and email notifications of admission decisions are sent by April 1.
Step 1: Submit the CalState Apply Online Application by December 15th
The CalState Apply application must be completed prior to the CSDCAS application (Step 2). Upon completion, SDSU will email you a Student ID # in 10-15 business days with directions on how to set up your my.SDSU account. If you already have an SDSU Student ID (previously known as RedIDs), you will continue to use this same number. You will need to put this SDUS Student ID# on your CSDCAS Supplemental Application.
Via my.SDSU, you will be able to follow the processing of your application by Graduate Admissions. They will send email updates every 2 weeks to students with incomplete files.
Unless you are applying to another CSU program that does not require a supplemental application (i.e., our Step 2), you do not have to complete the Transcript Information, Experiences, and Achievements sections of CalState Apply – these items will be addressed in the supplemental CSDCAS application for our program.
Contact information for questions about the CalState Apply Portal;
Customer Service Phone: 857-304-2087
Customer Service Email: CalStateApply@liaisoncas.com
Step 2: Submit the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized (CSDCAS) Application by January 12th, 8:59 p.m., PST
Please note the following instructions to submit all components by the deadline.
- Upload the Professional Statement and Resume to the online application.
- The Professional Statement should be no more than 3 pages, double spaced.
- Please see below for the Professional Statement Prompt
- Mail official transcripts to CSDCAS.
- Instructions for submission are on the CSDCAS website.
- A separate set of transcripts is required for SDSU Graduate Admissions; see below.
- Provide three letters of recommendation.
- Letters from former professors are preferred but not mandatory.
You will be able to follow the status of your application through your CSDCAS account, including monitoring when letters of recommendation are received.
Please provide a statement that describes your academic preparation, scholarly/research interests, and professional goals. Within your statement, please address the following issues:
- What would you like to study/research in your graduate program?
- Please specify any emphases or specializations if the program to which you are applying offers or requires applicants to select one of these.
- Where would you ideally like to be professionally in 10 to 15 years?
- Please indicate your fit with and potential to succeed in the doctoral program to which you are applying. What sets you apart as a prospective graduate student and potential contributor to the profession?
- Include name(s) of any faculty members you have contacted or would like to work with.
In addressing these issues, please have in mind that this is your professional statement rather than a creative writing or personal reflection exercise; hence, make it as focused and concise as possible.
- For this program, you are required to both submit transcripts via CSDCAS (see above) and directly to SDSU’s Graduate Admissions
- Wait to receive your SDSU Student ID before submitting transcripts to Graduate Admissions.
- To submit transcripts to SDSU’s Graduate Admissions, submit one set of official transcripts, hard copy or electronic, from all institutions attended
- Must be received by Graduate Admissions or postmarked by January 12th
- Hard copy instructions
- Mail hard copy to:
Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8225
- Mail hard copy to:
- Electronic copy instructions
- If your school offers this option when requesting transcripts, choose SDSU from the pulldown menu.
- If SDSU is not an option on the pulldown menu, ask your school to send to: TranscriptsForSDSU@sdsu.edu. Electronic transcripts MUST come directly from your school. Electronic transcripts sent by students will not be accepted.
- 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 or postmarked after Jan 12 will not be processed. If admitted, you will be required to submit your final transcript during your first semester at SDSU.
- Applicants who received their undergraduate degree from SDSU do not need to submit an SDSU transcript, as SDSU Graduate Admissions 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 even if the grades appear on your degree transcript.
- SDSU transcripts and all other transcripts DO need to be submitted to CSDCAS by all applicants.
- 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: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/international/graduate/graduate_country_requirements
- Additionally, degrees from China must also be verified by the China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).
SDSU & Proof of English Proficiency to SDSU (if necessary)
- Proof of English Proficiency is required from international applicants whose schooling thus far has been in a language other than English.
- Scores must be received electronically by Enrollment Services by January 12th.
- Note that it may take time for sources to send test scores to SDSU, so please plan accordingly.
- The University will accept TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or a DuoLingo English Test score as proof of English proficiency.
- Please see SDSU’s Admissions website for more instructions and the minimum scores for each option under Step 5.
- Should you choose to provide TOEFL scores, 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. Note that TOEFL scores expire after 2 years.
Applying for the Training Grant
- Though optional, doctoral program applicants are also encouraged to apply to our NIH-funded training grant.
- Learn more about this program and how to apply here: Neurocognitive Approaches to Communication Disorders.
For assistance in calculating your GPA, please use this calculator (xlsx).
Pre-Admission Disclosure for Licensure and Credentialing Programs
Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.
- Information concerning credentialing requirements (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) are available from College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA 259), 619-594-6320, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information concerning licensure requirements are available from the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
- Information concerning certification requirements are available from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Where to find more information:
Different sources will be better equipped to proved information throughout the application process. Some recommendations are provided below:
- Information about CalState Apply and CSDCAS portals are often best directed to the respective customer service contacts (provided above)
- Information regarding SDSU Graduate Admissions can be found here: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/graduate
- To learn more about the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders, please review this website-including the Student Handbook – and/or email the Associate Director, Dr. Irina Potapova (email@example.com)