The Master of Arts Program in Communicative Disorders provides an outstanding foundation for building a career as a speech-language pathologist. The paramount strength of the Communicative Disorders Program at Cal State Fullerton lies in its faculty members, who are respected throughout the nation for their expertise in the diagnosis and management of communicative disorders. The program has distinctive strengths in its curricula with offerings in multicultural clinical issues, autism, augmentative and alternative communication and swallowing issues.

The Communicative Disorders Program at Cal State Fullerton also provides benefits through its relationship with the community. We are fortunate to be able to provide to our students a strong association with a large number of hospitals, schools, and clinics in the community These organizations are closely involved with the university in the education and training of students in communicative disorders. In addition, our program benefits from its association with national agencies that govern the field of communicative disorders.

We are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: (800) 498-2071. Each of these indicators of quality provides assurance that Cal State Fullerton can provide the education that students need to meet the complex demands of being a speech-language pathologist in the 21st century.


Dr. Gary Ruud

College Park 420-1

For additional information on the graduate program, an application, or to check the status of an application, please contact the graduate advisor Ying Chiao Tsao.


The Master of Arts in Communication Sciences Disorders (CSD) is designed to:

  • Ensure the pre-eminence of learning by addressing the knowledge and skill areas delineated in the appropriate ASHA Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology;
  • Provide a high quality program by ongoing identification of the most appropriate student learning outcomes;
  • Incorporate formative and summative assessment instruments to evaluate student achievement;
  • Create an environment where students have opportunities to succeed;

Strengthen institutional and community agency collaboration through expanded clinical site connections and educational partnerships.