M.M.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711

+ - Admission Process

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 CSDCA
*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:
  • Biological Science Course
  • Physical Science or Chemistry Course
  • Statistics Course
  • 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.

+ - Admission Appeal Process

Applicants who wish to inquire about or appeal an admission decision may contact the CSD admissions specialist in writing at

If the student wishes to submit a formal written appeal, the admissions specialist must receive it within 10 days of the admissions decision. The written appeal will then be forwarded to the Program Director, who will review the applicant’s documentation, discuss it with the admission committee (if deemed necessary) and respond in writing to the applicant.

If the applicant wishes to further appeal the response they may do so in writing to within 10 days of CSD program director’s response to the initial appeal. At this point, meeting will be arranged with the applicant to review their application package and review scores and to discuss the program’s decision.

If the program decides not to admit the student, the applicant may submit a written appeal to the Dean of Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences within 5 working days of notification of the program’s decision. The Dean will confer with the applicant and meet with the program director and admissions committee, if appropriate. Within 10 business days of meeting with the Dean, the applicant will receive a formal written statement indicating the decision of the college. The Dean’s decision is final.

+ - CSD Student Handbook 2019

+ - CSD Mission & 3-Year Strategic Plan

+ - 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.

  • Diane Bangar, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist, Irvine, CA
  • Kim Goll, Executive Director, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
  • 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
  • Kim Gully - President, Medical Speech and Language Pathology Council of California, Diamond Bar, CA
  • Gilbert R. Herer, Ph.D. CCC-A/SLP - Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Frankie Rosario - Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA
  • 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 - Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Irvine, CA