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).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or undergraduate degree in other related disciplines
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, must have been taken within the last five (5) years
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. Personal interview with Program Director and/or faculty members
  6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  7. Writing Sample (1,000 to 1,500 words)
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  1. Speech and Language Acquisition/Development (with Laboratory Science Training)
  2. Phonetics and Phonetic (with Laboratory Transcription Training)
  3. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language and Hearing Mechanisms
  4. Speech and Language Disorders
  5. Hearing Sciences and Disorders
  6. Principles of Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disorders
  7. Multicultural Aspects of Communication
  8. Introduction to Communication Disorders, Sciences and Services

Total of 24 Post-Baccalaureate hours required

Basic Sciences and Mathematics Requirements:

  1. Statistics Course
  2. Biological Science Course (Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Human Genetics or Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals)
  3. Physical Science Course (Physics or Chemistry)
  4. 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.