Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

For additional information, Contact:

Darla K. Hagge Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State offers an impressive level of expertise to the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The clinic, housed within the department, provides assessment and treatment services for a wide variety of children and adults with communication disorders.

Providing innovative, evidence-based assessment and treatment methodologies to those seeking to improve their functional communication skills has been a primary focus of speech and language therapy offered in our clinic. All assessments and therapy are conducted by graduate student clinicians under direct supervision of department faculty.

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in our field. They possess both national certification and state licenses in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Please visit the catalogue at for current program information, course sequences and course descriptions.

Please Note:

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Dr. Darla Hagge, Graduate Coordinator.


Requirements for Admitted Students

  1. Students failing to maintain a GPA of 3.00 during the graduate program are automatically placed on academic probation. The student has one semester to make up the grade-point deficiency.
  2. Only graduate students in good standing may enroll for graduate clinical practice or field placement.
    a. A grade of “C-“, “C” or “C+” is not acceptable in clinic.
    b. Any clinic course grade below a “B-” must be repeated. Any academic course grade below a B must be repeated.
    c. Students with two “C” level grades in clinic will not be allowed to continue the graduate program.
  3. Students must furnish their own transportation to off-campus practicum sites.
  4. Students must meet the clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence and the California State License at the time of graduation in order to receive the Master's Degree.
  5. Before enrolling in any clinical practicum, students must be immunized for and provide documentation of rubella, measles, hepatitis B (series of 3) and TB Clearance, or submit proof of up-to-date immunizations. These immunizations may be obtained through the Student Health Center on campus.
  6. Students must demonstrate equivalency to all of our undergraduate coursework and pre- and co-major requirements. If courses in the major and related areas have not been completed at the undergraduate level, admitted students may be required to extend the graduate program to include these undergraduate requirements. These requirements are described fully in the CSAD program description in our Sacramento State Catalogue. They include:
    • Biological and Physical Sciences coursework
    • Physics or Chemisry
    • Introduction to statistics
    • Sign language
    • Human development across the lifespan
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Required undergraduate SPHP/CSAD prefix courses
  7. If your Bachelor's degree has been completed at another University, additional time may be needed to complete the undergraduate requirements not already met. If courses are waived at Sacramento State because they were taken at another University, you must be sure you have adequate graduate units at Sacramento State in the major to meet the MS degree requirements and ASHA graduate level requirements.
  8. Students must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before they begin working with clients in the public schools. Once program requirements are completed, candidates will submit an application to the campus Credential Analyst (located in the College of Education, Eureka Hall 414). The Analyst checks all credential requirements for completion and then submits the credential application to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Once the preliminary Specch-language Pathology Services Credential is approved, the candidate can begin work. The candidate will apply for the CLEAR Speech-Language Pathologist Services Credential at the end of the Required Professional Experience (RPE)/Clnical Fellowship (CF).
  9. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires that all students in clinical practicum and internship courses pay for and complete a background check prior to beginning any clinical courses in the program. The completed background check information will only be revealed to the Communication Sciences and Disorders department chair and the Dean of the College Health and Human services. (For additional information, please visit: ( Please check website for current fee schedule.
  10. Students should consult the CSAD program description in the Sacramento State Catalogue for a complete list of the Master’s Degree Requirements.
  11. Students must establish a CALIPSO account ( prior to beginning any clinical courses in the program. Please check CALIPSO website for current fee schedule.

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The master of science program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Current period of 8 years beginning December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2019.

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In order to apply

  • NEW : Students must complete a college-level course in physics or chemistry before beginning the graduate program at Sac State.  Per ASHA’s recently Revised Certification Standards (please see ), all individuals are required to complete a college-level course in physics or chemistry in order to be eligible to apply for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). 
  • Students must have an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology or its approved equivalent.
  • Students must understand that admission priority is given to students whose undergraduate curriculum is equivalent to Sacramento State’s Speech Pathology and Audiology Undergraduate Curriculum.
  • Students must have completed the required major prerequisite coursework as delineated in the Undergraduate Program Catalog description for Communication Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State before beginning Graduate-level coursework in Speech-Language Pathology [Pre-requisites: CHDV 30, PSYC 2, Statistics (STATS 1 or SWRK 110 or PSYC 101 or SOC 101), DEAF 51].
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 3.00 in the major.
  • Domestic applicants with foreign documents and international students (F-1 or J-1 visa applicants) must consult the Office of Graduate Studies and Global Education/International Admissions Department for specific application instructions. These students must also submit TOEFL scores.
  • Students must consult the Department website for current admission requirements and procedures.

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Admission information for students with Bachelor’s degrees in fields OTHER than Speech Pathology and Audiology or Communication Disorders

Students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than Speech Pathology and Audiology or Communication Sciences and Disorders are not eligible to apply for our Master’s Degree program until they have completed our undergraduate curriculum (all undergraduate CSAD prefix courses and pre-requisites) or its equivalent. Students who wish to complete the equivalent of the undergraduate curriculum at Sacramento State may wish to consider applying to our Second Bachelor’s degree program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, which is currently available through the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. For information on this program, please consult the following webpage:

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Admission decisions are made without bias or discrimination. 


To view the Application Process, visit the Department Webpage on Applications and Admissions:



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