How to Apply

For The Graduate Program:

Applicants must apply to both the graduate program using CSDCAS, and to the university using Cal State Apply.  See instructions below for each process. 

  • You may choose to apply to the program first, and if you are recommended for admission, to then apply to the university.  Note that you will not be able to receive information on available financial aid without having been admitted to the university.  

Apply to the program via CSDCAS between October 1, 2022 and January 15, 2023  

Note that there are two CSDCAS applications, one for the traditional two-year graduate program, and one for our extended graduate program (if your background is not in communication disorders). To apply to the two-year graduate program you must plan to complete your undergraduate degree or the equivalent  in communication disorders prior to beginning the program. If you have not completed the equivalent at the time you apply, you will be required to provide a list of the classes you plan to take in spring and/or summer, as applicable. 

Required application materials for CSDCAS include 

  • Transcripts from all institutions you have previously attended. 
    • Information on how to submit transcripts to CSDCAS is at Sending Official Transcripts to CSDCAS
    • International transcripts must be translated / evaluated. 
    • Official transcripts MUST be received by CSDCAS by February 1st for your application to be processed
  • A statement of purpose (or, personal statement/essay). The statement is normally one to two pages long. Please use 1-inch margins and 1.5 spacing; you may select your preferred font no smaller than 11 point.  In your statement please respond to all aspects of both of the following prompts.
    • What brought you to the field of speech pathology generally and to Cal State East Bay’s program specifically? What makes you a good fit for our program? What are your goals for yourself in the next 5 to 10 years? (500 words max)
    • Describe a difficult decision you had to make and how you approached it. (250 words max)
  • A CV / resume. The resume is normally one to two pages, and should include applicable educational, work and/or volunteer experiences.  
  • Letters of Recommendation (three letters).  Letters should be current. It is preferred that letters come from academic sources, but other sources, such as professional letters and letters from volunteer supervisors, are also acceptable . If your degree was granted more than 3 years prior to your application, you may submit all letters from non-academic sources. The recommending individual should be able to comment on your potential to be a successful graduate student. 
    • Letters (called "Evaluations" in CSDCAS) are requested from writers by applicants while applying in CSDCAS.  See Evaluations in the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center.
    • Information for letter writers on how to submit to CSDCAS is at the Letters by Liaison Help Center
  • Note that the GRE is not required for this application cycle.

Strong applications will demonstrate many of the following characteristics: a high GPA and other evidence of academic rigor, evidence of exposure to this field or related professional fields, a robust work ethic, experience interacting with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including languages spoken, strong writing skills and an ability to work well with others. Strong letters of recommendation come from individuals who have taught the applicant or supervised the applicant in professional settings, and can speak to the qualities that will help the applicant succeed in graduate school.

Apply to the University via Cal State Apply between October 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023

Minimum requirements to apply to Cal State East Bay as a graduate student are at the prospective graduate student information website.

Required application materials include:

  • Transcripts from all institutions you have previously attended.
    • Do not send transcripts until after you have completed your Cal State Apply application.
    • Please refer to How To Submit Documents
    • If you applied to Cal State East Bay in the past, please contact the university at to find out if you need to resubmit transcripts. 
      • Please include your NetID or the last four digits of your social security number, and the last term you applied for.
  • For the Supporting Information section in Cal State Apply, you do not need to submit any Experiences if you are only applying to Cal State East Bay. 

 For The Undergraduate Program:

Undergraduates do not need to apply to the Speech Pathology and Audiology major, which course sequence begins Fall Semester.   We encourage you to read through our FAQ, and email with any follow-up questions you may have.