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Master of Science in Communicative Disorders San Francisco State University



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The speech-language pathology curriculum is designed to train competent, culturally sensitive speech-language pathologists who can appreciate and understand the importance of research in clinical practice. In order to accomplish this goal, a multitude of academic and clinical experiences are provided to the students, under the direction of skilled instructors, clinical researchers and supervisors both on and off campus. The development of clinical skills requires academic knowledge, the ability to understand and engage in research, and a sensitivity to clients' needs, values and cultures.

The SLHS department curriculum includes all academic and clinical experiences necessary for American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification in speech-language pathology, State of California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, and the State of California license to practice speech-language pathology. Students are required to complete all academic courses. The practice of speech-language pathology in the state of California requires a license issued by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Examining Committee Medical Board of California. Exempted settings are public schools and federal facilities. The academic and clinical requirements for the state license are similar to those of ASHA requirements in speech-language pathology.

Academic courses totalling 35 units are required for the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. Clinical practica total 6 units. Internships totaling 14 units are based on the number of experiences necessary for the student to obtain the 375 clinical clock hours plus 25 observation hours required for ASHA certification and California state licensure. Students must complete one elective academic course, which can fulfill one course required for a specialization. Students who wish to pursue a specialization can take up to 15 additional units. Students should plan to complete these requirements over a minimum of 5 semesters, which includes a summer session.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Communicative Disorders.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

$15,210.00 (11,14,884) per year


23-Aug-21, 24-Jan-22


Graduate College of Education

1600 Holloway Avenue,

Burk Hall, Room 501,



94132, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework in Communicative Disorders. In addition, coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences (either physics or chemistry), statistics, and social sciences is required before admission to the graduate program.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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