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MA Application




The following instructions are for the Master of Arts program with concentration in Speech-Language Pathology only.

  • We accept applications for Fall admissions only (no Spring admissions).
  • Graduate admissions is a 2-step process. First, you must apply generally to the University via the CalState Apply application by December 15.  You will follow the status of this application, as well as receipt of your transcripts and GRE scores, via WebPortal.  Second, you must apply to the individual department via the SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs Online Supplemental Application on Decision Desk by January 12.  You will follow the status of this application via Decision Desk.  Processing of the 2 steps is simultaneous but separate.  You will be sent instructions for your WebPortal and Decision Desk accounts after you submit your applications.
  • CalState Apply Applications can be submitted October 1st – December 15th. Supplemental Applications can be submitted October 1st – January 12th.  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.  All prerequisites must be complete before beginning the masters program.  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.  We will accept a Post-baccalaureate from any accredited University.

1. Review the MA Admission Requirements page.

2. Submit the CalState Apply Online Application (the preceding wording is the link)
*by December 15th*

NOTE: The CalState Apply 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 Enrollment Services.   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 SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs Online Supplemental Application.


NOTE: As you will be submitting an Essay to the department, you do not need to complete the Statement of Purpose on the CalState Apply application. Simply write “Essay will be 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.

NOTE:  Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically via the Decision Desk Supplemental Application.  On the CalState Apply application, just list the people who will be submitting letters for you.

3. Submit One Set of Official Transcripts, Hard Copy or Electronic, From All Institutions Attended
*Must be received by Enrollment Services by January 12th*

  • Mail hard copies to:
    Graduate Admissions
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  • OR send Electronic Copies:   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:  Electronic transcripts MUST come directly from your school.  Electronic transcripts sent by students will not be accepted.

NOTE: Do not submit transcripts to Enrollment Services prior to submitting the CalState Apply Online 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 even if the grades appear on your degree transcript.

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 SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs Online Supplemental Application (the preceding wording is the link)
*by January 12th*

  • Essay, Transcripts, and Resume will need to be uploaded to the online application.
  • Essay should be no more than 3 pages, double spaced.  Essay prompt is:  What sets you apart or makes you unique as an individual, a prospective graduate student, and a potential contributor to this profession? Consider, for example, your experience with academics, volunteerism, research, cultural and linguistic diversity, and work. Why would our program be a good fit to help you reach your unique goals?
  • Once you complete a recommender information section and hit the Save & Send Request button, a request for a Letter of Recommendation will be automatically sent using the email address you provide.  NOTE: YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE (INCLUDING YOUR RED ID) BEFORE REQUESTING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.  If you send out a request without filling out your profile, your name will not appear in the email your recommender receives.  Three letters are required, and no more than 3 will be accepted.  Recommenders will submit letters electronically, and these will be uploaded to your application.  We will not accept letters mailed to the department.  Letters are due by January 12.
  • You will be able to follow the status of your application through Decision Desk to see when letters of recommendation are received. You will receive an email instructing you on how to do this after you submit your application.
  • If you encounter any problems with the application or the emails sent to your recommenders, please email:, use the Help Tab located on the bottom right corner of every page of Decision Desk, or call 855-777-0744.

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.  You do not need a Department Code.
  • GRE scores can be submitted any time as they go into a master database, which is automatically searched to match scores to applicants.
  • 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 test scores after 5 years.  If you took the GRE more than 5 years ago and have an official hard copy of your test score, we will accept that in lieu of the electronic score.  You can send it directly to the department, and the department will submit it to Graduate Admissions.  If you do not have an official hard copy, you will need to re-take the GRE.
  • TOEFL scores expire after 2 years.


GPA Calculator

For assistance in calculating your GPA, please use this calculator (xlsx).

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Application Checklist

  • Apply to CSUMentor
  • Have ETS send electronic GRE and/or TOEFL scores
  • Transcripts – One official set sent to SDSU Enrollment Services
  • Complete the SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs online supplemental application, which includes uploaded essay, transcripts, and resume



  • All admissions-related questions should be submitted via e-mail to Janet Park at

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.



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 tax payer 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 licensure and credentialing requirements are available from College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA 259), 619-594-6320,




last updated: 5/22/2017