Graduate Program

Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology

Find out about our Admission Process and Requirements.

When individuals cannot communicate because of an inability to understand or appropriately use the speech and language systems of society, they are at risk for serious social, emotional, vocational, and educational isolation. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares specialists in the prevention, evaluation, and management of human communication disorders through relevant educational experiences, clinical practica, and research opportunities. Students will be expected to:

  • understand the basic processes of human communication based on a foundation of knowledge in the physical, social, and cognitive sciences;
  • understand the nature of disorders of human communication;
  • understand the basic principles underlying the prevention, evaluation, and management of those disorders;
  • have ability to apply those principles in the provision of clinical services; become competent consumers and users of research; and
  • develop a commitment to continuing education and professional development.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Appalachian is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders and prepares speech-language pathologists for work in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community clinics, home health, private practice). Students gain the academic and clinical experiences necessary for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and advanced licensure by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. This graduate degree program requires the equivalent of five full-time semesters for students with undergraduate degrees in speech-language pathology. For students entering the program with undergraduate degrees in fields other than speech-language pathology, prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. The course of study for out-of-field students will require one to three additional semesters to complete.

Campus Visits

The first Friday of each month has been reserved for prospective students to meet with the ASU Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies, as well as with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Reservations are required. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies (828-262-2130) for more details and to make your reservation for the Graduate School Open House and Department of CSD visit. Due to the large number of students interested in the program, visitation dates must be limited to the first Friday visitations. 

If there are additional questions that you may have about Appalachian State University’s Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology, please write or call. If you are interested in a quality program that offers you the opportunity to work with exceptional faculty and outstanding students from all regions of the United States, please consider submitting an application.

More information

Beginning in the fall semester (2020) the Beaver College of Health Sciences will require all graduate and undergraduate students, who as a part of their program of study have required or elective clinicals, internships, field placements, or practicums, to submit to a criminal background check. The BCSH policy can be found here.