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Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
This program from California State University Chico consists in the ability to communicate effectively using language systems distinguishes human beings from other forms of life. Disabilities that interfere with communication skills prohibit a large number of people from realizing their full potential in modern society.


Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at California State University Chico, take courses that address normal human growth, development of the communicative processes, detailed consideration of disorders that arise in these processes, and their assessment and treatment. Graduate coursework is supplemented by practica that give students first-hand experiences in generating intervention programs for with disorders of language, voice and resonance, phonology/articulation, fluency, hearing, swallowing, cognitive and social aspects of communication, and problems that necessitate the use of oral, manual, augmentative, and alternative communication techniques and technologies. These experiences are carried out in the University's Center for Communication Disorders and in off-campus internships.

Master's degree recipients are eligible to receive the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services from the California (CA) Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This credential authorizes the holder to serve in the public schools as a Language, Speech, and Hearing Specialist. Graduates are also qualified to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the license in SLP from the CA Deptartment of Consumer Affairs.

PRAXIS score passing rate was 100% for the last two years. For our Master's graduates, the two-year completion rate is approximately 95% and employment rates are 100%. Our program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioral Interventions
  • Acquired Cognitive and Language Disorders
  • Assessment and Management of Auditory Disorders
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Experimental Design in CMSD
  • Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • Motor Speech and Swallowing Disorders
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
  • Seminar in Language Disorders in Children
  • Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology Diagnosis
  • Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    52-60 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units of course work attempted and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units attempted. Applicants for unclassified status, such as qualifying for a teaching credential, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their last 60 semester units of course work attempted.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3166 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3166 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3166 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3166 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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In addition to the registration and tuition fees indicated on the registration fees page, non-resident students must pay  an additional $396 for each unit taken

Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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