Online Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Northridge

For students interested in a career in speech-language pathology, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) offers an online Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. CSUN is a national leader in communication disorders and sciences education. The program won the Outstanding Program Award from the National Awards Committee of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). 

Through an online speech therapy master’s degree program, you complete the academic requirements to become licensed throughout the U.S., teach and obtain professional certification by the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take a variety of career paths as a speech-language pathologist. 

The information below has been collected from California State University, Northridge’s website. Please be advised that program information and requirements may change, so check with the university for the most up-to-date information.

California State University Online SLP Program Overview

The CSUN Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders is a 41-month program (three and half years) taught by CSUN faculty. There are 21 courses, all of which are completed online. The program begins with a mandatory two-week distance learning orientation

You are placed into a cohort, which means you move through the program with the same classmates. The purpose of cohorts is to foster a strong learning environment where each course builds on the content of the previous class. It also helps you build lasting professional relationships with other students and your professors. 

You are required to be available for 12 to 16 hours of clinical training per week during three pediatric clinical practicum experiences. You also have to complete an adult externship, which takes place during the last summer of the master’s degree program. During the externship, you must be available eight hours per day, five days a week, for 12 weeks. 

Client contact hours must happen at three different sites or more, one of which must be a school, and across all age groups: birth to 5 years, 6-11 years, 12-17 years and 18+ years. These practicum experiences fulfill ASHA’s requirement that students complete at least 400 hours of supervised practicum, with at least 375 hours in direct client contact. 

This CSUN master’s degree program satisfies the entry-level requirement to be employed as a speech-language pathologist and: 

  • Become licensed in all states to practice in medical, rehabilitative or private practice settings;
  • Gain employment in public schools in all states; and
  • Obtain professional certification by ASHA. 

California State University Speech Pathology Admission Requirements

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the master’s degree program. Your bachelor’s degree doesn’t have to be in speech-language pathology or communication disorders. But, if your degree is in something else, then you must complete 10 prerequisite courses that are offered online. 

To apply for the CSUN Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders, you must: 

  • Complete the online application
  • Provide a statement of intent
  • Provide letters of recommendation
  • Provide transcripts from all institutions you’ve attended
  • Provide GRE or MAT score
  • Provide UDWPE Test Results (if a graduate of CSU)
  • Provide your resume
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee 

Initially, you will put unofficial transcripts and test scores on the online application. Then you must send sealed official transcripts and official test scores by mail. 

CSUN requires three letters of recommendation. It is often best to give a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to your employer, professor, mentor or another individual that they can use to mail the recommendation directly to the school. 

CSUN institutes application deadlines—it does not accept applications on a rolling basis. The university recommends students apply early to allow for more time for financial aid decisions. To be considered for financial aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

California State University Accreditation

CSUN is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, which is recognized by the Council on Higher Education and Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education and by the California State Board of Education. The CSUN Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. 

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Information last updated July 2020