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Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies

Graduate School Application Requirements

Application Procedures

Department Deadlines: Spring 2022
Fall 2022
Deaf Education Not Accepted April 1, 2022
Speech-Language Pathology October 1, 2021 March 1, 2022


For international students: For consideration for admission, CSDS requires a minimum TOEFL Total score of 100.

To apply for graduate study in the Department of CSDS, you need to  complete the following 2 steps: 1) Apply to the University, 2) Apply to the department.   Both of these steps are completed online via CSU Apply.

1. Apply to the University

1. Submit your application online via CSU Apply.                                                  Please view CSU Application and Details and Deadlines.                                       You will select either the Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or the Masters Degree in Deaf Education, depending on the degree program you are applying for.

2. Submit one official transcript from each college that you attended after highschool to the university. Information about submitting your transcripts to the university can be found on the Transcripts Requirement page.  Do not send transcripts to the department office.

The department requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for graduate admissions.

For more information about applying to a graduate program at the university, please visit the Graduate Admissions page. There is a list of helpful links that may answer questions you may have.

2. Apply to the Department

After applying to the university, you will then complete the departmental application via CSU Apply.

Submit your application online via CSU Apply. You will be required to submit the following online:

1. Department application.

2. Statement of Purpose (aka: Letter of Intent).

All students applying to the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology must submit a Statement of Purpose. Please limit the length of your letter to approximately 1 page, if possible. Your statement of purpose to the Graduate Committee should include:

    a.  an explanation of your interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology,

    b.  a brief description of previous experience, paid or volunteer, in speech-  

         language pathology or related fields (emphasis should be placed on human

         service(s) and/or educational experience),

    c.  your reasons for pursuing graduate studies,

    d.  your future goals (whether your orientation is clinical, administrative, or if you

         have research and/or doctoral program goals),  

    e.  any goals specific to ethnically diverse (e.g., multilingual/multicultural) or

         special needs populations.

3. Letters of Recommendation . Once you enter CSU Apply, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation.

4. Observation Hours. If you are applying to our Speech-Language Pathology program, you need to submit documentation of 25 hours of Supervised Clinical Observations. If you have completed your hours, please upload the documention when you apply. If you have not completed your hours, you will be asked to provide documention before starting the program. link to observation hours form, if needed

5. Prerequisite Tracking Form. If you are applying to our Speech-Language Pathology program and your BA degree is from another field, please submit the       SLP Prerequisite Tracking Form 

 Fresno State Email Policy : All applicants are required to obtain a free Fresno State email account in order to view their application status. To access your Student Portfolio you will need to establish a free Fresno State email account. Within five days of receiving your confirmation email, you should apply for a free email account at: Click the link below the log-in box that says "get an account now" to obtain your free Fresno State email account, using your student ID number listed at the top of the "Letter of Acknowledgement" email. If you do not have Internet access at home, most schools have computers for student use and free Internet access is also available at public libraries 


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California State University, Fresno is one of the California State Universities and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, which does not discriminate because of sex, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics.


Frequently Asked Questions


Don't have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or deaf education? Click here for prerequisites information

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