2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech Language Pathology, MS

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The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program offers students a strong academic and clinical education program in which to discover and live their purpose as speech language pathologists who make a difference in the communication world of persons across the age span. Students not only complete a rigorous course of study but complete a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours across at least three settings during their graduate program over five semesters. They are prepared to begin careers as clinical fellows in private practice, school and/or medical settings as they begin their clinical fellowship year after graduation. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology at California Baptist University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students graduating from the program meet ASHA certification standards to begin the clinical fellowship required by American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as the Required Professional Experience (RPE) for state licensure in California. In addition, the program is accredited by the California Teaching Commission and graduating students are eligible to apply for the Preliminary Speech Language Services credential.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the admissions section of the University Catalog.  In addition, each candidate must meet the following requirements for this program

  • A bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from an accredited college or university or the evaluated equivalency. Applicants with degrees in other majors must complete a post-baccalaureate certificate program in communication disorders
  • An overall minimum cumulative or last 60/90 unit GPA of 3.0
  • An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a recent TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Completion of basic science requirements in biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and social/behavioral sciences as required by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2021 Standard IV-A. In addition to ASHA standards, CBU requires the following courses to be completed with a “C” or better:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech/Hearing Mechanism
    • Speech and/or Hearing Science
    • Normal Child Language Development/Typical Language Development
    • Phonetics
    • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Application for admission submitted and verified through CSDCAS, including:
    • Official sealed transcripts from all colleges or universities attended sent to CSDCAS
    • Three recommendations: Two from faculty/instructors and one from a professional source sent to CSDCAS
    • Resume sent to CSDCAS
  • In place of a personal statement, a comprehensive essay of at least 500 words that explains:
    • Your desire for entering the program
    • How the program will allow you to live your purpose
    • Why your characteristics and goals are congruent with CBU’s mission
  • Successful interview with program admission committee. Not all candidates are selected for an interview.

Program Requirements (70 units)

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