Communication Sciences and Disorders (Transitional Program)

Loma Linda University

36 months
36829 USD/year
36829 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders- Transitional Program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a field other than Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders. Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is eligible for the Transitional Program. 


The program is three years in length. In the first year of the program, students complete preliminary course work that provides the necessary foundation for graduate-level courses. The second and third years include graduate course work and clinical work that prepare students for professional practice. Clinical education is the strength of this program. Clinical settings range from hospitals to schools to private clinics.


Speech-Language Pathologists work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and research. They typically evaluate and treat speech and language disorders in children and adults. The master’s degree is entry level for the profession. Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and provide services to individuals who have problems in the following areas: articulation, language, stuttering, voice, hearing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication, and swallowing, or who need to learn to use a communication modality other than speech.

Possible Careers: Public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies (home care), adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, research laboratories.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Articulation
  • Language
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Hearing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The admissions committee considers the following qualifications in making admission decisions:

  • Personal statement (included in the online application)
  • All official transcripts to generate overall GPA from undergraduate bachelor's degree
  • Last two years' GPA
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36829 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36829 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    36829 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36829 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Transitional Program)
Loma Linda University