MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

General Information

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 MS degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers 2 tracks (speech-language pathology track and non-clinical track). The speech-language pathology track is a 2 year, 54-60 credit hour program of study designed to train clinical speech-language pathologists. Coursework is face-to-face at ECU in Greenville, NC. Clinics are in the vicinity of Greenville, and NC for full-time internships. Some opportunity to go out of state, if desired. The non-clinical track requires a thesis for a research training component and does not train clinical speech-language pathology.

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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.

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Fall 2016 Dates

Please check back in January for Spring 2017 Information session dates.