Communication Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Program Application Process

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

A) University Application

  1. Complete the Graduate Application for Admission through  Cal State Apply(opens in new window).
  2. Pay applicable CSU application fee (payable online).
  3. You do NOT have to upload your personal essay or send it to the department.  This will be uploaded on CSDCAS (see below).
  4. You may be asked if you are applying for a credential program.  You can mark no.

B) CSDCAS Application

  1. Complete the  CSDCAS application(opens in new window).
  2. Instructions and FAQs are available for your reference:  CSDCAS Applicant Help Center(opens in new window)
  3. There is a one-time processing fee for CSDCAS to release information for the first program to which you apply.  Any additional programs you choose to apply to will cost an additional, lower fee.   You can start your CSDCAS profile without cost to you.  The cost is incurred at the time of submission.
  4. The prerequisites portion of the application is very important.  Please include classes you have taken and plan to take.  There is very limited room in the master’s program to take additional coursework.  If you have more than 1 deficient area (i.e., no pre-requisite), you may not be considered for the program.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation are to be provided on CSDCAS.  At least 2 of your letters must be from professors/instructors who are familiar with the quality of your academic work. 
  6. Personal Essay: There is no word limit; however, please keep it to two pages, single-spaced at most. Consider expressing why you have chosen to study in this field, plans you have to use your education and training, the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study, and/or any personality qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful.

C) Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required.

D) Transcripts

  1. Official Transcripts must be sent to CSDCAS.
  2. Unofficial transcripts will be uploaded to the Cal State Apply online application.

CDSCAS Transcript Notes

             i. ALL students (including CSU, Chico students) must send their official transcripts to CSDCAS).

             ii. Instructions and FAQs are provided at the  CSDCAS Applicant Help Center(opens in new window).

             iii. Follow the instructions provided by CSDCAS for transcripts sent to the processing center; use the CSDCAS Transcript Request Form whenever possible.

             iv. CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center
                 P.O. Box 9113
                 Watertown, MA  02471

              v. CSDCAS will not accept transcripts issued to students.


You will find that fall grades will be important in the calculation of your GPA for last 30 and 60 units.

i. Depending on your university, transcripts including your fall grades may NOT be available before the January 15 deadline.  You will most likely need to send your transcripts before fall grades are available.

ii. Fall grades will likely be available to you BEFORE the January 15 deadline on your university portal.  Make sure to input your fall grades into your CSDCAS application to make sure those grades will be considered.

iii. You may be able to update your grades AFTER your CSDCAS application is submitted using the Academic Update feature.  Information is provided at the  CSDCAS Applicant Help Center(opens in new window).

iv. If you do not get fall grades onto CSDCAS, you can send an unofficial copy to the graduate coordinator at

Admission Requirements

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program admits applicants to the M.S. program only in the fall semester. The deadline for application is January 15.

Due to large undergraduate class sizes, the program is not currently accepting students through Open University.  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 the equivalent of the CSU, Chico undergraduate required courses as pre-requisites at another university may apply.

BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders(opens in new window) in the University Catalog.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status are: 

In addition to the conditionally classified status requirements listed below:

  • Successful completion of CMSD 488 Research Methods or equivalent, as determined by the program faculty.
  • Graduate Classified – To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.  

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status Are: 

  • At CSU, Chico applicants to a master's degree program must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 30 semester (45 quarter) units attempted and at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; applicants accepted into the CMSD program have a much higher GPA on average.
  • An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent pre-requisite program of study approved by the CMSD Program and Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted via CSDCAS; see link above) for any applicant whose baccalaureate was not completed under the CSU, Chico Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
  • Approval by the Program and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified – Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation.
  • To be admitted as a conditionally classified master's degree student, you must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies as specified in "Admission Requirements", as well as any specific requirements outlined by your major department for this category.
  • While enrolled as a conditionally classified student, you will be required to complete 12 qualifying, letter-graded units of 400/500/600-level work with at least a 3.0 GPA and satisfy any departmentally specified criteria for admission to classified standing. You must also maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in each of the following three categories: all coursework taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status; all coursework taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status; and all courses applied towards the degree requirements. Failure to meet these requirements may result in the termination of your enrollment in the master's degree program.

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