FAQ – Graduate Program

Which term do you accept applications?

We are on the quarter system, and only accept for the Fall quarter.

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When is your application due?

You will need to apply to both the university and the department.
The university application due dates are available from http://www20.csueastbay.edu/prospective/how-to-apply/application-and-document-deadlines/index.html
The university application is at www.csumentor.edu

The department accepts applications postmarked from January 1 through the Friday closest to February 15.
The department application is posted sometime in the late summer but definitely by October 1st, which is when the university application period usual opens.

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How much does it cost to attend CSUEB?

Tuition fee information is at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/prospective/cost-and-financial-aid/index.html

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Do you require the GRE or other test as part of the application process?

No, the GRE or other test is not required.

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Does your program require a criminal records check?

A clear criminal records check is required in order to work, volunteer, or participate in clinical practicum coursework for the program. It is not an application requirement.

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My degree is not in communication disorders; can I still apply to your graduate program?

Yes. You would apply to our graduate program in “conditionally classified” status. This means that though you are admitted to our graduate program, you first must complete the undergraduate degree equivalency, or prerequisite courses, before moving on to the actual graduate program.

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How many people apply to your program?

For those with a degree in communication disorders, we usually have 200-250 apply. For those without, between 100 and 150.

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How many people do you accept to your program?

For those with a degree in communication disorders, we generally accept between 15 and 20 applicants. For those without, between 20 and 25.

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What are the minimum GPA requirements to be admitted?

The university's minimum overall GPA requirement is 2.5.  We do not admit students who have lower than a total overall GPA of 3.0 in all communication disorders coursework taken. 

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How long is your graduate program?

With a degree in communication disorders, about 2 years, which may include one or two summer quarters. Without a degree in communication disorders, it will take you 3 1/2 to 4 years to complete the program.

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If I am admitted to the "extended" graduate program with a degree in another field, am I still eligible for financial aid?

Yes. However, even though you are an admitted graduate student paying graduate level tuition, you will not be eligible for graduate-level financial aid during the time you are taking only undergraduate prerequisite courses. While taking these courses, you are only eligible for the maximum undergraduate loan amount allowed. Once you begin to take graduate courses, which start in the second year of the course sequence, you will become eligible for graduate-level financial aid. More information on this is found here

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Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?

Our graduate program, including the prerequisite courses, is not designed for part-time enrollment.  Nearly all courses are offered once per year, and if a student attending part-time skips an offered class, s/he could be forced to wait one year before progressing due to prerequisite requirements. All units required for the degree must be earned within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of your degree.

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When are your courses offered?

The prerequisite courses are generally offered during the week Monday through Thursday, though not every day. Usually they are on a once-a-week, or twice-a-week schedule. Sometimes courses are offered on Fridays, or in a hybrid format (partially on-line). Graduate courses are usually offered in the evening and occasionally on a Friday to allow students’ daytime placement in their clinical experiences, in which therapy is provided to clients under licensed supervision.

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Where are your courses offered?

The department courses are only offered on the Hayward campus. For those who need to complete the prerequisite courses, some requirements offered outside of our department may be offered at the Concord campus.

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Do you have a distance learning, or on-line, program?

Not at this time.

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If my degree is in another field but I have taken some of the non-SPPA (non-communicative disorders) prerequisite courses before, will I have to take them again?

The non-SPPA prerequisites include the following content to meet ASHA standards as well as department course prerequisite requirements: physical sciences (physics or chemistry), anatomy, statistics, general psychology, and human or cognitive development.  All must have been taken within seven years of the term you are applying for, except for physical sciences and general psychology.  If you have taken any non-SPPA prerequisite course(s) in your previous studies, you will not have to retake them here, being mindful of the seven year rule. Any missing courses can be re/taken after you are admitted to our graduate program in “conditionally classified” status.

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How can I be sure those classes will transfer in?

If you took them at a California college or university, you can use www.assist.org to research courses that would transfer in to CSUEB.

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I can’t tell for sure which classes I have taken that will transfer in. Can you meet with me to go over transcripts?

No, unfortunately we do not have staffing to do any type of transfer/transcript evaluations for students not admitted to our program. You can use the prerequisite or undergraduate course lists posted at our website, the CSUEB university catalog course descriptions, and the catalog course descriptions from the university you attended to self-advise.

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Can I start taking the prerequisite classes now to prepare to apply for the next cycle?

You are welcome to take the lower division non-SPPA courses at a junior college. The lower division courses on our prerequisite list start with a 1xxx or a 2xxx. You can use www.assist.org to select the right courses to take. Note that if Human Anatomy and Physiology is offered as two separate courses elsewhere, you only need to take the Anatomy course.

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I would like to start the prerequisite classes at CSUEB though I’m not admitted to the graduate program. Will the department let me?

No, because CSUEB is not admitting students who would not be pursuing a specific degree objective after admission, which status is called "unclassified post-baccalaureate".  If this policy were to change, more information would be accessible through the CSUEB Graduate Admission webpage: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/prospective/how-to-apply/graduate-student-admission/index.html  

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Can I take classes through Open University as a non-admitted student?

Department policy regarding course registration through Open University changes from year to year. If you are interested in taking the department's prerequisite coursework, which sequence starts in the Fall, please contact the department in early September at 510.885.3233 to find out what the current policy is.  Note that due to the great interest in our major, we have not been able to allow registration via Open University for many years.  For more information about how Open University works, go here.

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Can I visit your department and meet with someone individually?

The department only has staffing to schedule group visits, and does not schedule individual appointments.  We schedule 10:00 a.m. Friday facilities tours, usually from August to January, on an intermittent basis. We also schedule Open Houses about our graduate program, usually from October to January, on an intermittent basis. Go to "Department Visits" at the left navigation pane for more information. 

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Can I sit in on any classes?

No, we do not allow non-admitted students to observe classes.

Can I volunteer for your clinic?

No, we currently do not allow those not admitted to CSUEB to volunteer for our clinic.  We recommend that you use the ASHA website to contact speech pathologists in your area; the direct link is http://www.asha.org/findpro/  You might also call your local school districts' speech pathologists or special education departments to inquire into volunteering opportunities.

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If you have further questions, feel free to email csd@csueastbay.edu or call 510.885.3233.


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