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MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Requirements

The university confers the degree of master of science in communication sciences and disorders when the candidate has earned at least 54 s.h. of graduate credit. An additional 6 s.h. of graduate credit is available for those interested in receiving the Advanced Certificate of Teaching from the Department of Public Instruction.

A background of undergraduate courses in speech and hearing sciences is required. 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: CSDI 3010 (phonetics), 3020 (child language development), 3040 (anatomy and physiology), 3045 (speech science), 3050 (acquisition and development of phonology and articulation), 4100 (introduction to audiology), 4110 (aural rehabilitation), and 4440 (Neural Processes). See requirements for the BS degree in the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions.

Candidates are required to take and pass a final comprehensive examination, which may be taken upon completion of enrollment in all didactic courses required for the degree in the major area of study.

Clinical Clock hours in Speech-Language Pathology (375 hour minimum)

Clinical internships and on-campus clinic are used to accrue clinical clock hours. On campus students are enrolled in clinic each semester of the program (typically five semesters). On-campus students typically have 3 semesters of on-campus clinic, one part-time internship, and one full-time internship.

  • Alterations of this schedule may occur based on the needs of the student and the clinical case load in the on-campus clinic. Alterations typically require students to add additional semesters to the program.

All students are required to obtain a minimum 375 clock hours of speech-language pathology diagnostics and/or treatment sessions during their program; 375 is a minimum and 400-500 is recommended. Students may request up to 50 hours accrued at the undergraduate level be counted in their 375 total. Hours worked as a speech-language pathology assistant cannot be counted. Students must submit proof of up to 50 hours to the Director of Master's Education prior to their first semester of enrollment for verification and approval.

All campus students are required to meet NC licensure requirements. As such, campus students are required to obtain hours in specific categories (at least 20 hrs. each of child diagnostics - speech, child diagnostics - language, adult diagnostics - speech, adult diagnostics - language; child treatment - speech, child treatment - language, adult treatment - speech, adult treatment - language; this accounts for 160 of the 375 minimum required hours). DE students that begin the program in NC and move out-of-state will have the option of meeting the 160 hour distribution, if they choose or meeting the requirements for out-of-state DE students.

Clinical Clock hours in Audiology/Screenings (2 hour minimum above & beyond the 400 hour requirement)

All students are required to obtain a minimum 2 clock hours of hearing screenings above and beyond the 400 hour requirement during their program. To comply with NC Licensure and practice law, students must have hearing screening hours supervised by an audiologist (CCC-A).

Hours of observation Minimum 25
Speech-language pathology hours (50 at undergraduate level, if applicable) Minimum 375
Audiology hearing screening hours Minimum 2
Minimum Total (Department may require additional hours beyond this minimum) Minimum 402
All hours listed above are MINIMUMS. The Department of CSDI reserves the right to require additional hours based on student performance, state licensure requirements, and ASHA certification requirements.