Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

Last Admit Term: Fall 2021

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 online 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.) — 61 units minimum

Academic Courses (38 units)

ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
SLHS 657Aural Rehabilitation3
SLHS 701Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SLHS 702Social Communication Development3
SLHS 707Serving School Communities in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SLHS 708Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
SLHS 709Speech Sound Production3
SLHS 710Seminar in Dysphagia3
SLHS 714Interprofessional Education & Family-Centered Practice (1 Unit Course, Taken Twice)2
SLHS 754Voice and Resonance3
SLHS 755Fluency Disorders3
SLHS 756Right Hemisphere Syndrome, TBI, Dementia in Communicative Disabilities3
SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication 13
or SPED 746 Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments

Clinical Practicum (6 units)

SLHS 713Seminar in Therapy (1 Unit Course, Taken Twice)2
SLHS 880Advanced Communication Therapy (2 Unit Course, Taken Twice )4

Internships (14 units)

SLHS 712Internship Workshop Seminar: Communicative Disabilities (1 Unit Course, Taken Twice)2
SLHS 882Advanced Internship (6 unit Course, Take Twice)12

Culminating Experience (3–6 units)

Select One of the following Culminating Experience Options:

Plan A3
Counseling in Communicative Disorders
Culminating Experience Examination
Plan B6
Counseling in Communicative Disorders
Master's Thesis in Communicative Disorders
Plan C6
Counseling in Communicative Disorders
Field Study: Special Education

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.

Optional Courses

The following courses are not required for degree completion. However, when combined with the required courses for the MS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, they can lead to additional certificates, such as the Graduate Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication or the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum. For more information about the College of Education's Certificates and Credential programs, please check out the following page: link

SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3
SPED 779Family Systems and Services for Young Children with Disabilities3
SPED 791Nature of the Autism Spectrum3
SPED 794Socialization and Imagination: Autism3
SPED 825Communication, Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism3
E ED 701Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education3
E ED 713Spanish Heritage Language for the Bilingual Teacher: I3