College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Distance Education Program

Admission Requirements

Admission to the degree program is open to all eligible candidates residing in the continental United States and Alaska.**  Priority will be given to residents of North Carolina. We typically admit 20 students each Fall.  We do not admit students at any other time of the academic year. International applicants should apply only to the on-campus program.  We cannot provide the DE program internationally.

** Important Notice to Residents Outside North Carolina: 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 evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. For the most current list of states, visit this link 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.

Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.


A background of undergraduate courses in speech and hearing sciences is essential. For those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in the field, specific undergraduate courses must be taken prior to formally beginning the MS degree sequence. The following undergraduate courses or their equivalent must be taken prior to enrolling in graduate courses:

  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy of Speech and Hearing
  • Neural Process for Speech and Language
  • Language Development
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
  • Acquisition and Development of Articulation and Phonology
  • Speech Science
  • A graduate or undergraduate statistics course
  • At least 6 credits in biological/physical sciences (preferably physics)
  • At least 6 credits in social/behavioral sciences

Course descriptions for our undergraduate courses in these areas can be found at: Course Descriptions. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of the graduate program.

Application Procedure

All master's degree applications (campus and distance education) are due January 15.

Click here for Instructions for Applying for the MS Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDI) at East Carolina University. (pdf)

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 can not be substituted for the GREs.

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