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MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

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:

  • Phonetics
  • Language Development
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Development of Articulation & Phonology
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanism
  • Neurology/Neural Processes of Speech/language/swallowing (recommended)
  • Speech 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.