Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our program. The following information will help you organize your application materials. You application is due by January 15th.

Admission Requirements

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program admits applicants to the M.A. program only in the fall semester. Deadline for application is January 15. We are not currently accepting applications from students who do not have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorder; however, students who have taken undergraduate pre-requisites at another university may apply. Due to large undergraduate class sizes, the program is not currently accepting students through open university.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status are:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 30 units and a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 units. Note: this is a graduate school requirement; applicants accepted into our program have a much higher GPA.
  • An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent pre-requisite program of study approved by the program and Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted to the Graduate Coordinator) for any applicant whose baccalaureate was not completed under the CSU, Chico Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
  • Approval by the Program/Department and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Completion of the Graduate Records Exam.

Program Admission Checklist – Due by January 15

1) Compete the following three items (electronically):

  1. Graduate Application for Admission through CSUMentor (
  2. Pay the $55 application fee (payable online).
  3. Send test scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to California State University, Chico prior to January 15. Allow at least six weeks for processing. Please use university code 4048.

2) Send one official transcript from every college/university attended since high school to:

The Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0875

NOTE to CSU, Chico Students:

  • If you have graduated, you only need to send transcripts from schools you have attended since graduation.
  • If you are a current student, you do not need to send any transcripts.

3) Send the items below in ONE envelope to:

Dr. Susan Steffani, Graduate Coordinator
Communication Sciences and Disorders
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0350

  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (pdf) - At least 2 letters must be from professors/instructors who are familiar with the quality of your work. The individual writing the letter must put the letter in an envelope, sign across the seal, and return it to you to include in your envelope.
  • Confirmation of Essential Functions (pdf) - Read and check all essential functions you feel you are able to perform. Sign the form and include it in your application.

For best results, please make sure that you send transcripts which have the most recently completed semester’s grades. If these grades are not available when you send your official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies, please send an unofficial copy to Dr. Steffani at the above address as soon as the grades are available.