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Speech Language Pathology Graduate Programs in North Carolina

North Carolina has several institutions for individuals interested in a speech language pathology graduate degree. The degrees, coursework, and eligibility requirements for five programs will be discussed here.

Speech language pathologists work with people who are experiencing various issues, such as speech sounds, social communication, or feeding and swallowing. A graduate degree in speech pathology will prepare students to work in settings like doctors' offices, private practice, or rehabilitation facilities.

School Comparison

All of the five universities listed below are public schools. Individuals can see and compare which institution best meets their budget when considering a graduate program in speech language pathology.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Appalachian State University Boone, NC $7,899 (in-state)
$21,331 (out-of-state)
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC $7,411 (in-state)
$20,365 (out-of-state)
East Carolina University Greenville, NC $7,720 (in-state)
$20,419 (out-of-state)
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC $7,361 (in-state)
$17,768 (out-of-state)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC $11,929 (in-state)
$29,140 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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North Carolina Colleges with Speech Pathology Graduate Programs

Appalachian State University

Individuals can earn a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Appalachian State University within five semesters of full-time studies. Applicants to this master's program are typically those who also have a bachelor's degree in this field, but the school still accepts students who may have a different background as long as they take some prerequisite classes. The specific time a student may spend on these additional coursework may vary, but it can take up to three semesters to complete. The curriculum will provide students with a foundation to pursue certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as state licensure from the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The eligibility requirements for this program include the following:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the most current degree or a 2.5 GPA with GRE scores in the 25th percentile level
  • GRE scores from the last five years
  • Three references

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University has a Master's degree in Communication Disorders that will prepare graduates for work as speech-language pathologists. Students will need about 60 credits to graduate, depending on when they were admitted in the program. They must posses a bachelor's degree in order to apply. Students with a degree in an unrelated field have to complete prerequisite coursework before starting the program. All students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants should complete the online application and provide their transcripts, two references, and GRE scores. It should be noted that GRE scores cannot be more than five years old.

East Carolina University

East Carolina University has a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with on-campus and distance learning classes. Students who enroll in on-campus classes will choose from a speech-language pathology concentration or non-clinical concentration. Hands-on training is provided at the university's Speech and Hearing Clinic. The distance learning program is a full-time, three-year program and offers the same training as the on-campus one. Minimum eligibility requirements for the programs include at least a 3.0 GPA and 30th percentile GRE scores from the last five years. Students will need to complete prerequisite courses during their undergraduate program in areas like phonetics, aural rehabilitation, and biology.

Western Carolina University

Students can earn a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. It is a full-time, five semester program that requires 60 hours, which includes no less than 400 hours of clinical internship experience. Required coursework includes fluency disorders and neurogenic speech disorders. Interested students must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum GRE score of 290 with a 3.5 writing score. They will submit a graduate school application, with supporting documentation like college transcripts and three recommendation letters. Students with an unrelated bachelor's degree can enter the program and complete prerequisite courses before starting their graduate courses.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awards a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The clinical concentration is 60 credits and incorporates laboratory, classroom, and clinical experience. The non-clinical concentration is for students who will not pursue certification via the American and Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The master's program takes two years and requires 60 credits for graduation. The university also awards a PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences and requires 48 credits for graduation. Students will apply for the master's program via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS). They will need to supply their GRE scores and transcripts, along with a personal statement and three recommendation letters. The application process for the PhD program takes several steps and starts with contacting the PhD coordinator, several review processes, potential mentor/s assignment, and then submitting an official application for admission.

All of these schools offer master's degrees in the field of speech language pathology, while the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a doctoral degree. Students can choose from a clinical and non-clinical track at some of the universities.


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