Program Overview

Francis Marion University is a beautiful and unique institution of higher education with an exciting vision for the speech-language pathology profession. The Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) is a graduate program that will provide students with a solid footing in the world of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), extensive hands-on experiences in outstanding clinical rotations and a compassionate perspective toward the patients or clients they seek to serve.

At Francis Marion University, as a division of the School of Health Sciences, students will learn alongside students in other health professions, which models the team approach to 21st Century Healthcare service delivery. The highly qualified faculty members of the MSLP program are dedicated to preparing world-class SLP professionals. Graduates of this medically focused program will be prepared to work in leading hospitals, schools, private practices, research laboratories, specialty programs and health care facilities in South Carolina, the United States and the world.

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at Francis Marion University is where tomorrow’s SLP healthcare team will work to change the world by developing the skills and expertise needed for a rewarding career and helping to ameliorate the problems of people with speech-language, swallowing and related disorders.


The MSLP program is  designed for persons with Bachelor of Science 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 (SLP).

Persons without Bachelor of Science Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete 25 hours of Speech-Language Pathology prerequisites before being admitted to our MSLP Program. Information about the MSLP Pre-Requisite Course Sequence can be found here.

Matriculation for students with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders is two (2) years or six (6) semesters.

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

Mission Statement

The mission of the Francis Marion University Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program (MSLP) seeks 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 beyond.

Our MSLP Team is committed to preparing you to become highly qualified Speech-Language Pathology professionals. We pride ourselves on being supportive, innovative and available to our students. Likewise, the doors of our dedicated, caring and friendly staff will always be open. In addition, our FMU administration, faculty and staff will assist you in any way we can.

Accreditation Status

The Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) program at Francis Marion University 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.

Welcome from the FMU SLP Program Director and Team

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Francis Marion University.

Professionals within the career track of Communication Sciences and Disorders are service providers of one of the greatest aspects of humanity: the ability to communicate. Next to being biologically well, man-kind’s most important need is to communicate! At FMU, we believe persons are “called” to our noble profession. We welcome you to join hands with our SLP team, share your personal gifts and help our program advance the power of communication.

It is an exciting time to be a Communication Sciences and Disorders professional! We look forward to hearing from you, whether you are a prospective student, employee or someone who is interested in what is happening in our SLP Program. Thank you for taking the time to find out about our new-start program. If you have questions, please contact:

Tiffany Murphy
Administrative Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Program
Phone: (843)661-1847