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Master’s Preparatory Program


The Department of Communicative Disorders does NOT accept applications for a second Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders. Students interested in pursuing a M.A. degree in Communicative Disorders who hold a Bachelor's degree in a field other than Communicative Disorders must complete a series of undergraduate pre-requisites as post-baccalaureate students before they can apply to our M.A. program.

The Department of Communicative Disorders has changed the name of the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program to the Communicative Disorders Master’s Preparatory Program. This program is the same self-support program that allows students with a B.A./B.S. in a field other than Communicative Disorders to complete the undergraduate pre-requisites needed to apply to a Master’s program in Communicative Disorders. Rather than admitting students through our state-funded undergraduate program to complete a total of 51 units of Communicative Disorders, as has been the policy to-date, the Department of Communicative Disorders in 2010 designed a specialized program specifically for students interested in completing undergraduate leveling courses in Communicative Disorders. This preparatory program allows students to complete a total of 36 units in Communicative Disorders in only one year, across three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). (For the Master’s Preparatory Program Course List by Semester click here). Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to our Traditional or Special Cohort M.A. Program (or to a Master’s Program at another institution) if the required GPA is maintained (i.e., 3.5 GPA). Please note that students applying to other Universities for completion of a Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders must confirm acceptance of the pre-requisites offered in this program. The Department does not guarantee that other Universities will accept these pre-requisites in total.

The change between the former CD-Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program and the new CD-Master’s Preparatory Program is the elimination of the actual “Certificate” at the conclusion of the program. Nonetheless, the student’s transcript will document each course as completed by the student, and importantly, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid.

NOTE: Admission to this program does not guarantee acceptance or give the student undue preference in acceptance to the Department's Master's Programs in Communicative Disorders. A separate application is required for enrollment as a Master's student. Students enrolled in the Master’s Preparatory program are eligible to apply to one of the Department’s M.A. programs during the Fall semester following enrollment. For example, if a student begins coursework in the Master’s Preparatory program in Fall 2011, they are eligible to apply to our Special Cohort M.A. program or our Traditional M.A. program in Fall 2011. Master’s Preparatory students who are accepted to one of our M.A. programs will be accepted conditionally, pending proof of completion of the Master’s Preparatory with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Students admitted to the preparatory program will enroll as a cohort and complete 12 units (4 courses) per semester. Courses will be offered solely through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Students pay for for this program by the unit. The cost for academic year 2012-2013 is $250.00 per unit. Enrollment in coursework in this program is reserved for Master’s Preparatory students, which means that students do not have to compete for spots in already impacted undergraduate courses. In addition, to allow for working schedules, courses in this program will be offered in the late afternoon and/or evenings during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students interested must enroll full-time and must complete coursework as a cohort. In addition, transfer units are not accepted in lieu of completion of the 36 units required for the program. Students in the program are not eligible to enroll in courses offered in Department's undergraduate or graduate programs, nor will undergraduate students be eligible to take coursework within the Master’s Preparatory Program. All coursework offered in this program meets the Department’s high standards and fulfills American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) competencies. The Department no longer accepts post-baccalaureate students (previously known as Conditionally Classified students) to our state-funded program.

Admission to this program is by application and Department approval only. This program only admits students once per year, for Fall enrollment. Students interested in applying to this program must fulfill University and Department requirements.

University Requirements:

1) Application to the University requires that you complete a University application (CSU Graduate Application through CSU Mentor (Admissions Code CD_CT01E1),
2) Submission of official transcripts directly to the University.

The Department will access transcripts electronically for Department evaluation. All materials to the University must also be received no later than February 15th.GRE scores, resumes, and letters of recommendations are not required for admission to this program and will not be considered in the admission process, thus students are urged to omit them from their application. Acceptance to this program is competitive and based on GPA in prior coursework.

Department Requirements:

1) Send a single-page application.
2) Send a letter of intent.

Please send both the application and the letter of intent to Michelle Powers-Lundvall (Master’s Preparatory Program Director), Department of Communicative Disorders, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd-MS2501, Long Beach, CA, 90840-2501.

Note: This letter must indicate that you are requesting acceptance to the "Communicative Disorders Master’s Preparatory Program."

All application forms and letters must be received by the Department no later than February 15th (for enrollment the following Fall semester). Application forms and letters received after this due date will not be accepted.

Note: The letter of intent is typically a single page. Generally in such letters, students introduce themselves, describe their relevant background and future goals, and explain why they chose our program and how it meets their individual needs.

NOTE: We offer monthly Information Sessions on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. The meetings are held in the months of September, October and November, as well as February, March and April. Please meet us in the lobby of the LAB (Language Arts Building) located on the CSULB campus near 7th Street. No reservations are required.

If you have additional questions about our programs offered through CCPE, please e-mail the department at or call us at (562) 985-2920.