The MSLP Pre-Requisite course sequence at Francis Marion University is specifically designed to prepare students who have earned Bachelor’s degrees in other fields to apply for admission to graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology at Francis Marion and/or other universities. These graduate level courses are essential for matriculation into Master’s programs and success on the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP).

This is not a degree program.  All students who wish to complete this course sequence must apply to FMU as a non-degree seeking student.  Applications for the pre-requisite course sequence are accepted once an academic year (deadline May 15th) for Fall admission.

The pre-requisite course sequence is designed to take one (1) one or two (2) semesters to complete, which allows students who have successfully (with a grade of B or better) completed the pre-requisite course sequence to apply for admission to graduate programs during the following application cycle.

Note: Completion of the MSLP Pre-Requisite course sequence does NOT guarantee acceptance into the FMU MSLP program.  All students are encouraged to research the admissions requirements of all of the graduate programs to which they are applying.

General Coursework Requirements:

  • At least one course in the Biological Sciences – Biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, and veterinary science are all possible options to meet this prerequisite.
  • At least one course in the Physical Sciences – Physics or chemistry is required to meet this prerequisite.
  • At least one course in Statistics – The course must be an actual statistics course and not a research methods course; it does not need to be a CSD statistics course.
  • At least one course in the Social/Behavioral Sciences – Courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health are all possible options to meet this prerequisite.

Note: Students are advised to complete all the general coursework prior to finishing the pre-requisite course sequence.

Pre-Requisite Course Sequence

The following Speech-Language Pathology Pre-requisites must be completed (with a grade of B or higher) for admission to the FMU MSLP program:

  • SLP 501 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3)
  • SLP 507 Speech and Language Development (3)
  • SLP 509 Introduction to Audiology (3)
  • SLP 510 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)
  • SLP 515 Phonetics (3)
  • SLP 520 Structured Observations and Pre-Clinical Simulation Experiences: 25 to 50 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an ASHA-Certified SLP and/or Audiologist (1)

Application Process

The MSLP Program utilizes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) for processing applications. To apply to our program, you must have a verified CSDCAS application. 

Application Cycle Opens: August 15, 2021

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

*All application materials must be submitted and verified by CSDCAS by the application deadline. Application, payments, and transcripts must be received by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline date. We recommend that you submit all documents to CSDCAS several weeks before the deadline. It generally takes 4-6 weeks for CSDCAS to verify application materials, so applicants must plan accordingly


Admission Requirements:

  • Proof of a completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, in any discipline.
  • Proof of at least a 3.0 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in your Bachelor’s degree.
  • Required Materials:
      1. Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate coursework, submitted to CSDCAS
      2. Two (2) letters of recommendation. At least 1 recommendation must be from a faculty member from whom you have taken at least one (1) course.
      3. A 500 word personal essay, submit to CSDCAS in documents tab.


Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in the MSLP Pre-Requisite courses will pay the same tuition as MSLP students. Financial aid is available.

View tuition and fees here.


For more information on the MSLP Pre-Requisite Course Sequence, please contact:

Ms. Whitney Moore

MSLP Administrative Assistant

Phone- (843)661-1847

Email: whitney.moore@fmarion.edu