Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

Advisors: Epstein, Gray, Raggio, Robinson, Soto, Sundarrajan, Yu

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework in Communicative Disorders. In addition, coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences (either physics or chemistry), statistics, and social sciences is required before admission to the graduate program. These courses may have been completed for an undergraduate degree to fulfill general education requirements and would be acceptable, in addition to an undergraduate major in Communicative Disorders, or an equivalent at the post-baccalaureate level. See department and program websites for academic and faculty information at

Admission to Program

Admission to the graduate program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is a two-step process that should be completed simultaneously. Annual admissions are for fall semesters only.

  1. Apply to San Francisco State University: Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application. Follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing
  2. Apply to the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. The application deadline is December 15.  More information about how to apply can be found at  More information about the department and application process can be found at  

Selection is based on the following:

  • Completion of the SF State Level I Written English Proficiency (WEP) requirement must be met before admission.
  • A completed program application form, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation from former professors or individuals conversant with work with speech, language, and/or hearing impaired individuals must be submitted.
  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of prerequisites, and an undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, or completion of equivalent courses, which are prerequisites to the graduate courses in the program. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences will be required to complete equivalent coursework before admission as a graduate student.

When accepted into the program, attend the program orientation to receive advising.

Communicative Disorders (M.S.) — 59–77 units

Required Academic Courses (33 units)

SLHS 657Aural Rehabilitation3
SLHS 701Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SLHS 706Counseling in Communicative Disorders3
SLHS 707Serving School Communities in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SLHS 708Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
SLHS 709Speech Sound Production3
SLHS 710Seminar in Dysphagia3
SLHS 756Right Hemisphere Syndrome, TBI, Dementia in Communicative Disabilities3
SLHS 7683
ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
SPED 788Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning3

Clinical Practicum (9 units)

SLHS 711Seminar in Therapy for Functional Communicative Disorders1
SLHS 713Seminar in Therapy1
SLHS 880Advanced Communication Therapy2

Internships (14 units)

SLHS 712Internship Workshop Seminar: Communicative Disabilities1
SLHS 7251
SLHS 7156
SLHS 882Advanced Internship6

Optional Specializations, including AAC or Autism (15 units maximum)

SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3
SPED 791Nature of the Autism Spectrum3
SPED 794Socialization and Imagination: Autism3
SPED 825Communication, Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism3

Culminating Experience (3–6 units)

One of the following plans:

Plan A3
SLHS 884Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders3
(see department for limitations on repeat of failed examination or portions thereof)
Plan B6
SLHS 898Master's Thesis in Communicative Disorders3
SLHS 884Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders3
Plan C6
Field Study: Special Education
SLHS 884Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders3

Note: Plans B & C are recommended to individuals planning to pursue predoctoral education. In addition, completion of Plan B, thesis and oral defense, or Plan C, field study, are accepted in lieu of the master’s written comprehensive examination.