Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

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Advisors: Epstein, Robinson, Solomon-Rice, Soto, Yu

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework in communicative disorders, In addition, coursework in biological/physical sciences, statistics, and social sciences is required prior to 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: and

Admission to Program

Admission to the graduate program in communicative disorders 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 Special Education & Communicative Disorders, application for Communicative Disorders. Application deadlines are posted at:

Selection is based on the following:

  • Completion of the SF State Level I Written English Proficiency (WEP) requirement must be met prior to 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 communicative disorders, or completion of equivalent courses, which are prerequisites to the graduate courses in the program. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders will be required to complete equivalent coursework prior to 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)

C D 657Aural Rehabilitation3
C D 701Language Differences and Disorders in Children3
C D 706Counseling in Communicative Disorders3
C D 707Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children3
C D 708Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
C D 709Seminar in Motor Speech Disorder3
C D 710Seminar in Dysphagia3
C D 756Right Hemisphere Syndrome, TBI, Dementia in Communicative Disabilities3
C D 768Advanced Clinical Skills3
ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
SPED 788Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning3

Clinical Practicum (9 units)

C D 711Seminar in Therapy for Functional Communicative Disorders (repeated concurrently with C D 880, child clinic.)2
C D 713Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders (concurrent with C D 880, adult clinic)1
C D 880Advanced Communication Therapy (2 unit course to be taken three times)6

Internships (14 units)

C D 712Medical Internship Seminar: Communicative Disabilities (concurrent with C D 882)1
C D 725School Intern Seminar: Communication Disabilities1
C D 715Advanced School Internship6
C D 882Advanced Medical 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 Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 794Communication, Socialization and Imagination: Autism3
SPED 825Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism3

Culminating Experience (3 - 6 units)

One of the following plans:

Plan A3
Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders (and Master’s comprehensive written examination)
(see department for limitations on repeat of failed examination or portions thereof.)
Plan B6
Master's Thesis in Communicative Disorders (and Oral Defense of Thesis)
Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders
Plan C6
Field Study: Special Education
Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders

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.