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Communicative Disorders, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 41 months
All academic coursework in this MS Communicative Disorders program from California State University Northridge is offered 100% online. All clinical practicum experiences are completed at sites within the student’s community. The clinical practicum experiences require students to be available for a minimum of 12 to16 hours per week during the three pediatric clinical practicum experiences. 


The adult externship is completed during the last summer of the program when students are required to be available eight hours per day; five days per week for the 12 weeks of the summer session. The Communicative Disorders program is offered at California State University Northridge. Speech-language pathologists assist both children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders. Excellent career opportunities in this field are expected to continue well into the next decade as the expanding older population ages and medical advances improve survival rates for premature infants and victims of stroke and trauma, all of whom typically require professional speech assessment and, possibly, treatment.

A master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is the professional entry-level requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist. Completion of CSUN's Master of Science in Communicative Disorders master's program satisfies the academic requirements for

  • Licensure in all states to practice in medical, rehabilitative or private practice settings;
  • Education credentials in all states for employment in public schools; and
  • Professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the field's leading professional, credentialing and scientific organization in the U.S.

Offered in collaboration with CSUN's College of Health and Human Development, this program is a 41-month course of study, taught fully online by distinguished CSUN faculty with field experience in all aspects of the profession. The program is taught in the cohort format, which maximizes interaction with faculty and fosters the development of networking relationships with fellow participants.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interviewing and Counseling in Communicative Disorders
  • Research in Communication Disorders
  • C Language Disorders II
  • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language and Hearing
  • Advanced Study of Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children
  • Neurogenic Disorders of Cognition and Language
  • Structural and Neurogenic Speech Disorders
  • Voice and Disorders of Voice
  • Seminar in Developmental Language Disorders
  • Adult and Pediatric Swallowing/Feeding Disorders
  • Advanced Diagnostics in Speech and Language Pathology
  • Pediatric Audiology
  • Directed Comprehensive Studies
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 41 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    58 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences/Speech-Language Pathology
  • For students with an undergraduate degree in another field, you must have completed all 10 prerequisite courses listed below by June of the year you are applying. 
  • GRE/MAT 
  • GPA Requirements

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14568 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49776 USD for the full programme and a duration of 41 months.
  • National

    14568 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49776 USD for the full programme and a duration of 41 months.
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