Graduate Program- Prerequisite Courses

This information is for students who DO NOT  have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or deaf education and wish to pursue a master's degree in those fields.

Deaf Education

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in Deaf Education, email CDDSGRAD@LISTSERV.CSUFRESNO.EDU about our Online Prerequisite Modules.

Speech-Language Pathology

 Generally, a bachelor's degree in speech pathology is required to apply to our graduate program. For students with a bachelor's degree outside of speech pathology, a variety of universities have prerequisite "bridge" programs so you can take the undergraduate prerequisites. Currently, Fresno State does not have a formal "bridge" program.  However, there are a variety of online prerequisite programs, with new ones appearing. The list below is not a complete list of these programs and is not an endorsement of them. However, their graduate program, like ours, is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Therefore, they would be worth considering. 

California State University Northridge
California State University San Marcos
Eastern New Mexico University
Idaho State University
LaSalle University
Longwood University
Northwestern University
Sacred Heart University
Texas Women's University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Florida
University of Nebraska, Kearney
University of Vermont.
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Utah State University
Western Kentucky University

The prerequisite program should include courses that cover the following topics for consideration for full classified admission:

  1. Normal development and processes: speech and language development, anatomy, physiology, and neurology of speech and hearing, phonetics, speech and hearing sciences
  2. Disordered processes and development: speech sound disorders, language disorders, voice and fluency disorders,
  3. Diagnostic and treatment methods
  4. Audiology
  5. In addition, our university requires an introduction to statistics.

If you have not done so yet, p
lease visit our department website at and the Division of Graduate Studies website at

There is also helpful information from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the ASHA website. See