The Program is in the pending phase of Candidacy and Accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or undergraduate degree in other related disciplines
- A minimum GPA of 3.0
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, must have been taken within the last five (5) years
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Personal interview with Program Director and/or faculty members
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Writing Sample (1,000 to 1,500 words)
- Complete Francis Marion University Graduate School Application and Supplementary Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-MSLP) materials by March 1, 2018 for Early Admission or April 1, 2018 for Regular Admission. Application materials are available online.
- Completion of, or in the process of completing, the baccalaureate degree in SLP at a regionally accredited institution.
Note: Prospective MS-MSLP students without the baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete the following undergraduate course work prescribed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation standards and guidelines.
Post-Baccalaureate Requirements for Non-Speech-Language Pathology Undergraduate Majors
The MS-MSLP Post-Baccalaureate Coursework was designed for students with non-SLP undergraduate degrees who desire to matriculate in the FMU medically focused Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-MSLP). Completion of the MS-MSLP degree for non-SLP undergraduate majors will typically require three (3) years of full time study.
The following prerequisites are required (with a grade of B or higher) for admission to the FMU MS-MSLP program. Each of the required courses are 3 credit hours:
Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences coursework across the following areas of knowledge:
- Speech and Language Acquisition/Development (with Laboratory Science Training)
- Phonetics and Phonetic (with Laboratory Transcription Training)
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language and Hearing Mechanisms
- Speech and Language Disorders
- Hearing Sciences and Disorders
- Principles of Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disorders
- Multicultural Aspects of Communication
- Introduction to Communication Disorders, Sciences and Services
Total of 24 Post-Baccalaureate hours required
Basic Sciences and Mathematics Requirements:
- Statistics Course
- Biological Science Course (Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Human Genetics or Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals)
- Physical Science Course (Physics or Chemistry)
- Social or Behavioral Science Course (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health)
Total of 12 Basic Sciences and Mathematics hours required
Clinical Observation Procedures:
A minimum of 25 to 50 documented clinical observation hours within the scope of practice of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). Observations must be under the direction of an ASHA certified SLP. Observations should cover a diversity of SLP service delivery settings, disorders, patient/client ages across the life span, and levels of communication problems from mild to severe.