Welcome, Prospective Students!

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). Here you will find information about how to apply to the program, what qualifications are desired, information for those without an undergraduate degree in SLHS, and more.

For prospective students applying this fall, 2021:

If you are experiencing a documented COVID-related emergency (for example, you or a member of your immediate household are ill with COVID and have a physician's note) and cannot meet the Dec. 15, 2021, application deadline, please still submit an incomplete application on Cal State Apply. We can only consider applicants who have a submitted application in the Cal State Apply system. You can submit a request to be granted an extension. To do so, you must send an email to the SLHS Admissions Committee by Dec. 15, 2021, with a timestamp no later than 11:59 p.m. for a deadline extension. Please email slhsinfo@sfsu.edu with the subject “Application Extension Request.” Please include:

  • Your name
  • Your email and phone number
  • Cal State Apply ID (if available)
  • Reason for extension request
  • Any supporting material (e.g., physician's note)

The requests will be reviewed on a case-by-base basis.

CBEST

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has temporarily suspended passing the CBEST before entering a preparation program up to Aug. 31, 2021, due to COVID-19 related testing center closures. However, we encourage you to register and take the exam on the first available test date.  Should you be recommended for admission, we will give you an initial deadline to take and pass the CBEST.  This deadline will be adjusted given COVID-related factors.  

You may have other options to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement, such as your SAT, ACT or AP exams. If you meet the approved scores on any of those exams, you won't have to take the CBEST exam. Please email credinfo@sfsu.edu for more information.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

The SLHS Deparment no longer requires any standardized testing for fulfilling the Written English Proficiency Requirement. Applicants will be assessed on the quality of their Statement of Purpose, which is submitted with the application. Applicants must receive a score of 2.5 or higher on our scoring rubric. The rubric is available in the Information Packet for Prospective Master's Students.  

Informational meetings about the SLHS master's program are offered throughout the year.

Three informational meetings are offered every semester. To register, please visit GCOE Information Sessions page for more information.

Speech-Language Therapy Rated an Excellent Career

Speech-language therapy was ranked among the top 25 best careers by U.S. News and World Report.

Speech-Language Therapists work with the full range of human communication and its disabilities. They evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disabilities. They treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disabilities in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-Language Pathologists may teaching in college and university programs; manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private clinics; engage in research about human communication; supervise and direct public school or clinical programs; or develop new methods and products to evaluate and treat speech-language disabilities. Speech-language therapists often work collaboratively with teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language therapists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers. 

Undergraduate or Transfer Students Declaring SLHS Major

Choosing a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The SLHS department is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the SLHS major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Speech, Language and Hearing field. Before declaring SLHS as your major, we require that you consider the following to see if SLHS is right for you:

1. In addition to the SLHS major courses, you must also complete the following:
(Note: The requirements below CANNOT be substituted by SLHS courses.)

  1. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Biology course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.
    Acceptable courses at SF State: BIOL 100; BIOL 160; BIOL 170; BIOL 176; Acceptable courses from other universities include:  biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (Students taking GE courses outside of SF State should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to the assist website for course equivalents.)
  2. Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) must take one of these courses: CHEM 100; CHEM 101; CHEM 180; PHYS 101; PHYS 111; or PHYS 220 or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Chemistry or Physics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (e.g., Speech-Language Therapy or Audiology) can take any course from the Area B1: Physical Science List.
    If you are unsure about pursing a degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, we STRONGLY recommend that you take a CHEM or PHYS course in order to keep your options open.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (Students taking GE courses outside of SF State should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to the assist website for course equivalents.)
  3. Students must take at least one course in Statistics. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Statistics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    At SF State, the following courses will fulfill the Statistics requirement: MATH 124; PSY 171; or ISED 160.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (CSU Northridge also offers an online Introductory Statistics course – MATH 140 – which is open to eligible SF State students.
  4. Students must take at least one course from the Area D1: Social Sciences list or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Social Science course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

2. Download the Undergraduate SLHS Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it.

You must bring this form to meet with a SLHS advisor to declare the major.

3. Bring a transcript

You must have a 2.0 GPA to declare the SLHS major. Please bring a transcript to your advising meeting. (An unofficial transcript is okay.)

4. In order to register for SLHS courses, you must have completed a minimum of 60 units.

If you believe SLHS is a good fit for you after completing the 5 steps above, or if you wish to learn more about the SLHS major, make an appointment with a SLHS advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the Undergraduate SLHS Major Guide that you have completed and signed to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in SLHS to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.

Note: The following PDFs are in the process of being made full accessible. If you have difficulty reading the PDFs, please contact the SLHS Department at slhsinfo@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-1001.

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