Distance Education Program
MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University offers a fulltime master's degree through a distance education program. It is a three year program. Students must:
- Have a Bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or related field
- Take prerequisite courses if the Bachelor's degree is in a related field (prior to applying)
- Live at least 50 miles away from Greenville, NC
- Have a 3.0 or greater GPA for the undergraduate degree
- Have a 3.2 or greater GPA for the prerequisite or major coursework
- Have GRE scores greater than the 30th percentile minimum (each subtest: Verbal and Quantitative) and preferably greater than 50th percentile individually and scores must be no more than 5 years old, even if the student already has a Master's degree.
- With the new GRE Scoring System effective August 1, 2011, scores are no longer in the 200-800 style. Minimum scores have not yet been determined. A percentile rank of 30% is the minimum required for entrance into the Graduate School at ECU; the Department of CSDI is recommending a percentile rank over the 50% range. GRE score is only one aspect of a graduate admission decision.
- Devote at least 2 days per week to accrue clinical clock hours throughout the second and third years of the program (cannot work full time after 2 semesters).
- Have high speed internet at home or access to it
- Have all application materials into the graduate school by January 15 prior to the Fall semester of admission
- Attend a mandatory on-campus orientation, once accepted into the program
Important Note: Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.
Due to recent changes in higher education regulations, ECU will no longer be able to offer online programs or courses for students residing in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Maryland. ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree. Read more: States with Restrictions for Master's Degree Students.
For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email