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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders, MS

Graduate programs are accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association.


Application for admission to the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders must be initiated through the Graduate School. The department requires that the applicant take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum combined scores of 900 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the examination (absolute minimum of 400 on each section). A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work is required with a minimum of 3.2 in the major area of study. The applicant must submit three letters of reference with at least two from faculty of the college(s) or university(s) previously attended. Additional requirements for admission will be posted to the department website on an annual basis.

Completed applications should be received no later than January 15 for enrollment in the fall semester. Applications for fulltime study beginning in either the spring or summer semesters will be considered only under special circumstances because of the sequential nature of the program of study. Students interested in being considered for a graduate or research assistantship should complete the graduate assistantship form on the departmental Web site (

Major Areas of Study

Candidates for the MS degree in communication sciences and disorders may select from the major emphasis areas of speech-language pathology and communication sciences.

The speech-language pathology emphasis area is a professional program designed to prepare students for immediate placement in public school and other clinical positions. Persons completing this program of study must meet all academic and clinical requirements for certification by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, licensure in North Carolina as well as in most other states, and graduate certification by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

The communication sciences emphasis area is tailored to the special interests of the students. The course of study can include a substantial portion of the courses in the speech-language pathology and audiology emphasis areas. Additionally, students are required to complete a thesis and successfully pass a final oral defense of the thesis.

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 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: CSDI 3010 (phonetics), 3020 (child language development), 3030 (anatomy, physiology, and acoustics), 3050 (acquisition and development of phonology and articulation), 4100 (introduction to audiology), 4110 (aural rehabilitation). 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.

Required Courses

Regardless of the major emphasis area chosen, 9 s.h. of specific core courses are required as follows: CSDI 6100 , CSDI 6103 , CSDI 6121 . The communication science emphasis requires an additional 6 s.h. (CSDI 6101 , CSDI 6523 ). The communication sciences emphasis also requires a thesis. For the speech-language pathology emphasis, only 3 s.h. of thesis credit may count toward the degree. For the communication science emphasis, 6 s.h. of thesis are required for the degree.

In addition to the general core requirements, the emphasis in speech-language pathology requires an additional 33 s.h. of didactic courses. These courses include CSDI 6101 , CSDI 6104 , CSDI 6106 , CSDI 6108 , CSDI 6109 , CSDI 6110 , CSDI 6112 , CSDI 6113 , CSDI 6114 , CSDI 6200 , CSDI 6320 , CSDI 6321 , CSDI 6901 . Clinical course requirements include: CSDI 6226 , CSDI 6227 , CSDI 6229 , CSDI 6992 , CSDI 6993 CSDI 6111  and CSDI 6117  are available as electives, but cannot replace any of the required courses.

For the candidate whose major area of study is in speech-language pathology a minimum of 250 clinical clock hours in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders is required at the graduate level.

If there are no hours accumulated at the undergraduate level, 375 hours will be required at the graduate level to meet certification and licensure requirements as set forth by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the North Carolina State Board of Examiners.