Communication Sciences and Disorders

A speech therapist shows a girl a picture while another adult observes in the speech-language-hearing science laboratory on campus.


The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CMSD) program offers two degrees, a bachelor of science and a master of science. Students in the CMSD program take courses that focus on speech-language pathology and address normal aspects of communication growth and development and consideration of disorders that arise in these processes. Through their studies, students develop skills in critical and creative thinking, analysis and integration, reasoning and problem-solving, information literacy, and professional communication in oral and written formats. These skills can be applied to advanced studies, a variety of human service-related professions, and lifelong learning.

License, Certification, and Credential Information

Master's degree recipients are qualified to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the license in speech-language pathology from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Graduates are also eligible to receive the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This credential authorizes the holder to serve in the public schools.


Speech-language pathology and audiology are stimulating, challenging, and rewarding professions. They demand a high level of skill as well as an affinity for helping and an ability to work effectively with people. Entry into the speech pathology profession requires a master's degree; audiology requires a doctoral degree.  Those who complete the California State University, Chico master's program in communication sciences and disorders are highly sought and have many and varied employment opportunities.


The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chico State 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