MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Admission Information

General Requirements

Candidates for the MS Degree must meet the University Graduate School's and Department's Admission standards. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score no older than 5 years is required for consideration.

Completed application (i.e. GRE scores, Official Transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation and supplemental application) must be received at the Graduate School by January 15 in order to be considered for the Fall class (no admissions are made for Spring or Summer). Initial review of applicants will occur by March. An interview may be required (phone or face-to-face).

Admission is primarily determined from GPA and GRE scores. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate work is required with a minimum of 3.2 in the major area of study and GRE scores higher than the 30th percentile for each subtest: Verbal, Quantitative and Writing.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has modified the GREs and a new scoring system was implemented in August 2011. Our requirements are based on percentile ranks in order to compare the old and new GRE scores.

The MAT scores are not acceptable for our program and cannot be substituted for the GREs.

General information about the Graduate School can be found at the Graduate School.

Minimum Requirements

  • 3.0 overall GPA (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate courses, other MS degrees)
  • 3.2 GPA in SLP pre-requisite courses
  • 30th percentile score on both Verbal and Quantitative sections of GRE

Prerequisite Courses

The master's degree program in speech-language pathology or communication sciences requires completed coursework in the following areas at the undergraduate level prior to admission:


Applied phonetics using International Phonetic Alphabet and pertinent modifications. Detailed descriptions of American English speech sounds and transcription of contextual speech representing mainstream and non-mainstream dialects. Transcription abilities developed to assess and treat speech disorders.

Language Development

Normal acquisition and development of language from birth through preschool years, components of language, cognitive and communicative prerequisites, and language learning theories.

Introduction to Audiology

Concepts related to normal hearing, causes and effects of defective hearing, and hearing testing procedures.

Aural Rehabilitation

Habilitation, rehabilitation of the hearing impaired as related to hearing aid use, speech-reading, auditory training, and total communication. Management philosophies related to children and adults.

Development of Articulation & Phonology

Emphasis on birth to five years and critical periods through the early teen years. Content areas include birth cry, babbling, cross linguistic and universal patterns of acquisition, morphophonology, metaphonology, historical and contemporary normative data issues, and interrelation of normal phonological development with other areas of language growth.

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanism

Basic information, including acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the ear and central auditory nervous system, and psychoacoustics.

Neurology/Neural Processes of Speech/language/swallowing (recommended)

Study of neuroanatomy andneurophysiology including current research of nervous system structures and functions important for speech and language. Critical analyses of current theories of the neurophysiology utilized in speech and language.

Speech Science

Physiology and acoustic correlates of speech production mechanism.

(6) Hours of Biological/Physical Science

Biology is the study and characterization of living organisms and the investigation of the science behind living things. Broad areas include: anatomy, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology and evolution, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural science, neurobiology, physiology and zoology.

Physical Science is considered the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force. A broad survey of physics principles to enable students to appreciate the role of physics in everyday experiences in today's society and technology.

(6) Hours of Behavior/Social Sciences

These classes are about the systematic analysis and investigation of human and animal behavior through controlled and naturalistic observation and disciplined scientific experimentation. These areas of study attempt to accomplish legitimate,objective conclusions through rigorous formulations and observation.

Possible Content Areas for Social Sciences:

  • Anthropology
  • Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Area Studies
  • Economics
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Geography Organizational Studies
  • Political Science

Possible Content Areas for Behavioral Sciences:

  • Psychology
  • Psychobiology
  • Criminology and Cognitive Science

All pre-requisite course work must be completed with a B or better prior to the first day of enrollment in the master's degree. Students, who have majored in speech-language pathology (also called Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communicative Disorders, and Speech & Hearing Sciences), etc., will typically have completed the pre-requisites listed above as part of their major. Students who have majored in the speech-language pathology area are given credit for pre-requisites by having the BS/BA in the speech-language pathology area. Note: Students wishing to become licensed in speech-language pathology in North Carolina must have 3 credits of Audiology and 3 credits of Aural Rehabilitation to be licensed; therefore, students are responsible for determining if they are deficient in this area.

Clinical Hours Requirements

The Clinical Hours Requirements pertain to students in the speech-language pathology emphasis; it is not part of the non-clinical communication sciences emphasis.

Each graduate student in the speech-language pathology track of the Master's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders is required to accrue clinical clock hours through clinical courses.

Observation Hours (25 clock hour minimum)

All students (campus) are required to submit documentation of at least 25 clock hours observation of SLP or Audiology sessions by July 15th before the Fall semester of enrollment. Students must submit proof of these hours to the Director of Master's Education for verification and approval. DE, AKDE, AZDE students will be given a deadline after acceptance into the program.