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Arnold School of Public Health

Communication Sciences and Disorders

If you would like to apply to the residential Master of Science (MS-Res) or the Master of Science degree via distance education (MS-DE) in Speech-Language Pathology, you will need to submit your application through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Doctoral applicants will need to submit an application through the USC Graduate School.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires that all applicants to the Master of Science program (MS) have completed, as part of their undergraduate preparation, academic coursework in each of the following areas: a biological science, a physical science (chemistry or physics), a behavioral and/or social science, and statistics. Applicants with a background in speech-language pathology (SLP) should apply for fall term while those without an SLP academic background should apply for the summer term.

Applicants to the MS program must apply online through CSDCAS. All information about the application process and deadline (December 15) are available on the CSDCAS site. Please note there are two listings for USC in the CSDCAS portal, so you must carefully choose whether you are applying for the MS-Res (on-campus, face-to-face) OR the MS-DE (distance education, part-time). You may not apply to both.

The doctoral program has rolling admissions and prospective doctoral students will apply through the USC Graduate SchoolApplicants for the doctoral program in COMD are encouraged to apply by December 15th to compete for University research awards but admission is offered on a rolling basis. Applications must be received by December 15th to be considered for departmental funding for the following Fall semester, although applicants applying after this deadline may be selected to receive funding directly from their mentor’s grants as funds are available.

Applicants who are accepted receive funding through individual research labs in the department. Prospective Ph.D. students should contact the department to discuss their proposed concentration area (i.e., the area in which they intend to conduct research). A personal interview  is required. Prior to admission, the applicant must obtain a commitment from a COMD faculty member agreeing to serve as the applicant’s research mentor and direct his/her dissertation. 

Application Requirements Include:

  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • For the MS program, submission of GRE scores is optional. Institution code - 5821 (U of South Carolina CSDCAS)
  • For the PhD program, submission of GRE scores is optional. Institution code - 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from former professors)
    • The only exception to this requirement can be made for students who have not taken college-level classes within the past 10 years. Such students may send up to three letters from clinical advisors and/or employers that can speak to their relevant professional development and skills (MS).
  • Resume or CV (PhD only)
  • Written personal statement, including answers to two essay questions (MS); Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (PhD)

Additional Program Requirements

  • All master’s degree students (MS) must complete a program of study in accordance with the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Students must fulfill the residency and other general requirements established by The Graduate School of the University of South Carolina and in accordance with ASHA guidelines for training.
  • No foreign language is required for the master’s degree programs.

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