M.Sc. On Campus

Communication Sciences and Disorders

21 months
19086 USD/year
19086 USD/year
8680 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Professional speech pathologists are make a difference in lives of individuals struggling with a variety of issues that prevent speaking, reading and other everyday functions. The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered at the Western Carolina University.


What You'll Learn

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at 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.

Where You'll Go

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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 GRE score including a writing score
  • An official score on Altus Suite CASPer exam (this is provided directly to Western from Altus Suite following applicant testing/scoring) and completion of Altus Suite Snapshot
  • Submission of response to written prompt (provided as part of the application through WCU)
  • a strong grade point average (e.g. > 3.3 for both overall and in pre-requisite courses)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9543 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • National

    19086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9543 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • In-State

    8680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4340 USD per semester during 21 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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