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MA Admission Requirements

We receive approximately 400 MA applications each admissions cycle, but have space for 35-40 students. Thus, the admissions process is very competitive.

Undergraduate Degree

Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences or Communication Sciences/Disorders OR plan to have completed our prerequisites at another institution by Fall 2018 in order to apply to our 2-year program.  We will accept a Speech-Language post-baccalaureate degree from any accredited university.  No students are admitted into post-baccalaureate status.

Grade Point Average

The MA program has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.2, though the average for admitted students is generally higher – around 3.8.

Graduate Record Exam Scores

The GRE is required for all applicants, and we accept current scores from the old test and the revised test. Given the differences in scoring for these two tests, we will consider applicants’ percentile scores.

We do not have a minimum score, but the average percentile score for admitted students over the past few years is 69% for Verbal and 55% for Quantitative. Of course, each year the pool of applicants is different, so we have no way of knowing if the numbers will be similar next year.

Additional Factors and Requirements

  • Note that we do consider other factors in addition to standardized test scores and GPA in reviewing applicants for admission. Please refer to our specific application guidelines on the MA Application page.
  • Applicants for admission to any SDSU MA program must also meet the general requirements for classified graduate standing to San Diego State University, as outlined in the current SDSU Graduate Bulletin.


Please see the MA Admissions FAQ.  If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at





last updated: 9/9/2016