M.Sc. On Campus

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Western Carolina University

21 months
20438 USD/year
20438 USD/year
10030 USD/year
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Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the Western Carolina University help developing professional speech pathologists that make a difference in lives of individuals struggling with a variety of issues that prevent speaking, reading and other everyday functions.

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Key facts:

  • The field of Communication Sciences is making advances that are helping eradicate those issues. As a speech pathologist you will have the chance to help people overcome speech delays and disorders, literacy issues and other impediments preventing communication. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Western Carolina University provides students with a combination of traditional classroom learning and hands-on experience. The 60-semester hour curriculum gives students at least 400 hours of supervised clinical internship experience and enables graduates to earn their North Carolina Advanced Licensure. The program adheres to the academic and clinical education requirements set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.
  • Speech pathologists can be found working with people of all ages with a range of communication issues like dyslexia, hearing and speech impairments, swallowing issues and other obstacles that prevent proper communication. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for speech pathologists is $70,810 and predicts the job field to grow by 19% by 2022.

Programme Structure

Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum include:

  • Infant Toddler Communication
  • Professional Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders 
  • Voice Disorders
  • Research in Communication Disorders
  • Language Disorders - School Age
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Language Disorders—Preschool
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Language Disorders in Adults
  • Neurogenic Speech Disorders
  • Dysphagia 
  • AAC Assessment and Intervention

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official college/university transcripts from all previous coursework
  • Completion of ASHA prerequisite courses (biological science, chemistry or physics, social science, statistics) - we accept students with out of field degrees so specific prerequisite CSD courses are not a requirement prior to being accepted
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An official score on CASPer exam (this is provided directly to Western from CASPer following applicant testing/scoring) and completion of CASPer Snapshot
  • Submission of response to written prompt (provided as part of the application through WCU)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • National

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • In-State

    10030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5015 USD per semester during 21 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 USD /month
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