Graduate Program of Study

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

The Master of Science Degree (M.S.) typically requires the equivalent of five full-time semesters to complete for students with undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders. 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. For all students, the final semester involves a full-time internship.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Licensure by the State of North Carolina

Degree Requirements

Each fall a new group of students start the ASU graduate program. Completion of the Master's degree requires five consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment. Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of academic and clinical courses. Students should be advised that having a job requiring more than 10 hours a week will make degree completion considerably harder. Faculty strongly recommend not working if possible.

After successful completion of the Master's degree, students will be eligible for ASHA certification. Being "certified" means holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Those who have achieved the CCC (ASHA certification) have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.

The standards for certification speech-language pathology are established by members of ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC).

After the student is admitted into the ASU graduate program, the graduate advisor will review the student's undergraduate
transcript(s) to ensure that she/he will meet the pre-requisite requirements for ASHA Certification. In addition to the required graduate courses, students must complete at least one course in each of the following areas with a grade of "C" or better:

  • Biological Science
  • Physical Science (either chemistry or physics)
  • Statistics
  • Behavioral/Social Science

Additionally, students must complete courses in basic human communication processes and the nature of speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders as well as courses in the following areas: phonetics, normal speech and language development, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, speech and hearing science, neuroanatomy, audiology, management of hearing disorders, and linguistics.

After transcript review, undergraduate deficiencies are identified and the student is notified. It is recommended that students complete all deficiencies related to the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences before entering the program.

Required Coursework

CSD 5661 Assessment and Evaluation3 sh
CSD 5669 Speech Sound Disorders3 sh
CSD 5675 Preschool Language Disorders3 sh
CSD 5676 School-Aged Language Disorders3 sh
CSD 5561 Introduction to Clinical Procedures I3 sh
CSD 5660 Evidence Based Practice in CSD3 sh
CSD 5851 Motor Speech Disorders3 sh
CSD 5852 Dysphagia3 sh
CSD 5663 Disorders of Fluency3 sh
CSD 5666 Voice and Resonance Disorders3 sh
CSD 5565 Clinical Practicum II3 sh
CSD 5566 Clinical Practicum III3 sh
CSD 5569 Clinical Practicum IV3 sh
CSD 5900 Internship12 sh

In addition to these required courses, students must enroll in 9 semester hours of guided electives for a minimum of 60 total graduate hours. Electives are selected in collaboration with an academic advisor and may include any course numbered 5000 or above.

Elective Coursework

CSD 5530 Selected Topics - Alternative Assessment3 sh
CSD 5531 Selected Topics - Professional Ethics3 sh
CSD 5532 Selected Topics - Autism3 sh
CSD 5533 Selected Topics - Cultural Implications in Assessment3 sh
CSD 5672 Severe Communication Disorders3 sh
CSD 5678 Written Language Disorders3 sh
CSD 5682 Communication Disorders in Diverse Population3 sh

Students who choose to complete a thesis also enroll in CSD 5999 Thesis for 3 semester hours.