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The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University 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, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

February 26, 2018, 3:30-4:30 PM
Chapman University, Rinker campus,
9401 Jeronimo Rd, Room 181
Irvine, CA 92618
All interested parties are invited to participate in discussions regarding Communication Sciences & Disorders Department. Who should attend?
  • Students and alumni
  • Clients and their families
  • Employers of CSD graduates
  • Community partners
  • Faculty and professionals in other disciplines
  • All other interested persons
A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at

Comments Submitted Prior to the Site Visit:
Individuals who wish to submit written testimony must adhere to the following: All written testimony—including comments faxed or submitted as e-mail attachments–must include the commenter’s name, address and telephone contact information and the commenter’s relationship to the program in order for Accreditation staff to verify the source of the testimony. All comments must be signed.

Comments should be submitted to:
Accreditation Public Comment
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-296-8570

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech-language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools.  Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.

+ - Program at a Glance

  • A cohort model with entry each fall
  • A 64-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms), which includes a total of 12 units of practicum.
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Required 400 hours of supervised practicum in a variety of education and healthcare settings

CSD Course Outline

+ - Two Emphases Areas Combined

School-Based Setting Emphasis: 
The school-based setting emphasis prepares candidates to assess and treat preschool through high school students with communication disabilities that adversely affect their academic success. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws, family counseling, evidence-based practice in articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language/literacy delays, attention deficit disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Medically Related Conditions Emphasis: The medically-related conditions emphasis focuses on the conditions of voice disorder, neuro-physiological syndromes, dysphagia (swallowing), and stroke rehabilitation, and any injury or illness that results in speech language impairment. Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and private practice.

To combine the two emphasis areas, special clinical training sessions are incorporated into the program each year at no additional cost, e.g. Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, Illumination Foundation, Head Injury Program at Coastline Community College, AAC Camp, Stroke Survivor Boot Camp, Communication Recovery Group, Literacy for Homeless Students, Feeding for At Risk Infants, Preschool Speech and Language Screenings, Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Screening, Cleft Palate Panel, Sunrise Assisted Living Center Meal and Hearing Aid Programs, Weekend Fluency Sessions, Brain Injury Treatment Program, and more.


+ - Admissions

Application Process

The entire application process for Chapman University’s M.S Communication Sciences and Disorders is completed through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).
Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System website

Fall 2018 Application Cycle will open on: August 2, 2017

Deadline to submit your application to CSDCAS: January 15, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

The admissions committee only reviews applications that are submitted and verified. This means that all items required (see below) has been submitted and verified by CSDCAS.  The verification process turnaround time increases during the months of December – February. 

Please turn everything in early to avoid any delays in the application reviewing process.

Required documents include:

  • Official Transcripts for all schools attended – Sent directly to CSDCAS
  • Official GRE scores –  Test scores sent directly to CSDCAS ( Chapman’s GRE Code:0690)
  • Personal Statement – This is included in the CSDCAS Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation – Forms are included in the CSDCAS Application
  • All documents listed above need to be sent directly to CSDCAS

*Chapman University does not require a supplemental application

*There is no additional fees. You only need to pay the CSDCAS Fee

Undergraduate Degree/ Post Bac Requirements

  • An Undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post Baccalaureate (leveling courses) equivalent is required for this program.
  • All leveling courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
  • Undergraduate degrees, minors or leveling courses completed outside of the United States will not be accepted. 

ASHA 2014 SLP Certification Standards

The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2014 SLP Certification requirements must be completed in order to receive your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC’s).

You do not need to complete these courses to be accepted into the program. However, we highly recommend completing these courses before you finish the program.

ASHA Required Course Content Areas: 

  1. Biological Science Course
  2. Physical Science or Chemistry Course
  3. Statistics Course
  4. Social Science and Behavioral Science Course

For more detailed information and a list of all the acceptable courses please visit the ASHA website:

Facts about the CSD Program:

  • We recently moved to a new-state-of-the-art facility at Rinker Health Science Campus, Irvine, CA
  • This is full-time, two year program (Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • We do not offer online courses nor part time status
  • We only accept students once a year and that is during the fall trimester
  • The minimum GPA required : 3.0
    Average GPA: 3.74    Verbal: 151   Quantitative: 149   Writing: 4.0
  • Our students and faculty are very much involved with the community, scholarship, leadership and legislative advocacy. Due to this our Chapman University NSSLHA Chapter
  • We received the Gold Chapter Honors for the fifth year in a row!

+ - CSD Faculty and Staff


Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers who have worked in CSD for 2 years or more


  • Catherine Dee, MS, Admission Specialist
  • Lauren Shepard, Administrative Assistant
  • Angela Mandas, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Fieldwork Coordinator and Lecturer

+ - CSD Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University.  Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Gilbert R. Herer, Ph.D.  - Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA - Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman - President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • Betty L. McMicken, Ph.D. - Speech Pathologist, California State University - Long Beach
  • James Stansell - Retired, son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Ron Wenkart. JD - General Counsel, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Frankie Rosario - Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA.
  • Diane Bangar, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist, Irvine, CA.

+ - Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate Program

This accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Cohort program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and need to complete the pre-requisites (leveling courses) necessary to apply for a masters degree at Chapman University or another institution. This post-baccalaureate program is essential for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders.

Students admitted to Chapman University's Post-Baccalaureate CSD cohort program will complete ten courses in five consecutive eight-week terms.  Two courses are taught each term. Each course are 3 credits, for a total of 30 credits. Students will meet Friday evenings from 5-9:30 p.m. with a ½-hour break and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break. Students must successfully complete this program in its entirety to receive a certificate.  Courses from another institution are non-transferable into this cohort program.

Please visit the Post-Bac CSD website for more information.

+ - Student Organization

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, Surfer Healing, Down Syndrome Organization, BRAIN, and the Special Olympics.

The organization collects dues, elects officers, raises funds, and provides leadership opportunities within Region 10 in the US. The CU student chapter has been awarded National Gold Status for the last 3 years.  

Visit Chapman's NSSLHA website to learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students and recent events.

+ - Contact Us

For additional information about our M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please contact:

MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders front desk
(714) 516-4598

For additional admission information, please contact: 
Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711
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