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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) provides broad-based instruction in the areas of normal and disordered communication development. Our master’s degree programs prepare individuals for the clinical practice of speech-language pathology, working with both children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, spoken language, hearing and literacy problems, while the doctoral program promotes scholarly research in these areas.

COMD offers programs leading to the following degrees: Master of Speech Pathology (MSP), Master of Communication Disorders (MCD), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The department’s programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Its graduates are eligible for national certification, state licensure and public school teaching certification from the South Carolina Department of Education. Admission to full graduate standing is on a selective basis, determined by the quality of the academic preparation of the applicant. An applicant for admission to graduate study in speech-language pathology must meet the requirements of both The Graduate School and the COMD department.

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