MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Our on-campus MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a clinical degree that offers students the necessary academic and clinical training to earn eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Academic and clinical experiences gained while in the Master's program will serve as the foundation for future clinicians to offer specialized services that address a wide range of complex disorders of communication and swallowing. In addition, it is our expectation that students will develop the collaborative leadership and problem solving skills necessary to address the ever changing problems of communication and swallowing experienced by children and adults.

Our program offers clinical experiences at the ECU Speech and Hearing clinic, Vidant (Greenville, NC) hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation programs, local public schools as well as clinical sites across the state of NC and the US. Our Master's program is accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation. We offer on-campus students graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to support the clinical and research programs housed in the department.


The master's (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at East Carolina University is accredited by  the Council on  Academic Accreditation in  Audiology  and  Speech-Language Pathology  of the  American  Speech-Language-Hearing  Association,  2200  Research  Boulevard,  #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Accreditation Cycle


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
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Phonetics
    • Anatomy of Speech and Hearing
    • Neural Processes for Speech/Language (Recommended)
    • Language Development
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
    • Articulation and Phonology
    • Speech Science
    • Statistics
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
    • Biological/Physical Sciences (6 credits)

Admission Cycle

Sept. - Jan. 15th (Students are only admitted for Fall semester start)

For detailed information about our program requirements and the application process, please download our Program Application Booklet (pdf) or contact

Information Sessions for Individuals Interested in Applying to the Master's Program

Due to the high interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and the high volume of requests, we regret that we cannot offer individual tours or meetings. We offer information sessions on campus and online during the Spring and Fall semesters. Please contact us at before the session to indicate your interest and which session you plan to attend. After we receive your email, we will provide you with additional information about where our on-campus sessions will be held or how to participate in our online sessions via Saba Meeting videoconferencing.

View Information Session Presentation (pdf)

Fall 2016 Dates
Campus Online via Saba Meeting
Sept. 16th 11:30am - 12:30pm Sept. 16th 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sept. 30th 11:30am - 12:30pm Sept. 30th 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oct.  28th  11:30am - 12:30pm Oct.  28th  1:00pm - 2:00pm