Speech-Language Pathology

Program Overview

Welcome to the website for the Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) program at Francis Marion University.  Our department is a division of the School of Health Sciences and is located in the Carter Center for Health Sciences, where students have opportunities for interprofessional education and practice.

The program offers a five-semester master’s degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) during which time students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology. For the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2020 Certification Standards, please click here: https://www.asha.org/Certification/2020-SLP-Certification-Standards/.  The knowledge and skills obtained prepare students to provide preventive, diagnostic, and rehabilitative services to individuals with speech, language, cognitive, feeding and swallowing delays and disorders.

The mission of the Francis Marion University  MSLP program is to provide a comprehensive academic course of study combined with diverse clinical experiences in order to prepare outstanding allied healthcare professionals capable of providing high-quality assessment and treatment for individuals with communication and swallowing disorders in the Pee Dee, South Carolina area and globally.

The MSLP 2020-2021 Strategic Plan details how the program will achieve its current mission. The 2020-2021 Strategic Plan can be accessed here: 2020-2021 Strategic Plan


The MSLP program is designed for persons with Bachelor degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders or related disciplines and will provide graduates with the academic and clinical coursework required for pursuing national certification and state licensure as a speech-language pathologist.

Persons without a Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete 25 hours of Speech-Language Pathology pre-requisites before being admitted to our MSLP Program. Information about the MSLP pre-requisite course sequence can be found here.

Matriculation for students with Bachelor Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders is two (2) years or five (5) semesters.

Matriculation for students with bachelors in other areas will be at least three (3) years, which includes completion of the pre-requisite program.

All students in the MSLP program are subject to the policies/procedures set forth in the MSLP Academic Handbook located here: 2020-2021 Academic Handbook

Accreditation Status

The MSLP program is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy status  is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

For complaints, please click here: https://caa.asha.org/programs/complaints/

Contact Information

FMU Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing

Current/Prospective Patients Contact: Ms. Carol Roberts

Office: 843.661.1486

Referral Fax Line: 843.665.5350

Email: carol.roberts@fmarion.edu 

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Current/Prospective Students: Ms. Whitney Moore

Office: 843.661.1847

Email: whitney.moore@fmarion.edu