Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

School of Health and Human Sciences

Master of Arts (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology

  1. What are the admissions requirements?
  • Official transcripts from every school at which you have college credit, even if you did not obtain a degree from that institution. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required by the UNCG Graduate School. However, successful applicants to the CSD Master’s Program typically have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • GRE scores:
    • These must be current (within the past 5 years).
    • The code for UNCG is 5913
  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with each application. At least 2 of the letters must be academic and the 3rd may be academic or professional. Three academic letters are preferred unless the professional letter can provide information that relates to success in a graduate program. The Graduate School will send link to recommenders for submitting the reference after the applicant enters appropriate contact information.
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose must be a professionally written document that is double-spaced using 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and  that is a  maximum of 2 pages in length.  This document should acquaint the CSD Admissions Committee with the applicant’s rationale for:
    • Pursuing an advanced degree in speech-language pathology
    • Choosing the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UNCG for this degree
    • Unique skills or experiences that will facilitate excellence in graduate study
  • Resumé: The resumé should be 1-2 pages in length, using a 12-point font, 1-inch margins and written in a professional style. It should only include information and experiences that have occurred since completing  high school.  The resumé should include the following information:
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Relevant Experiences
    • Honors/Awards/Recognition
    • Additional skills (e.g. second language, CPR)
  • Completion of  CSD coursework: Students must submit a list of coursework taken to fulfill the content areas below. This list must include the name of the course, the credit hours and the semester in which the course was/will be completed.  You  should include classes that will be completed in the spring and summer prior to entering graduate school. Resubmitting a transcript is not acceptable.
  • Verification of 25 hours of observation: Prior to enrolling in the MA program, students must observe  at least 25 hours of  treatment and/or assessment conducted by an ASHA certified SLP.  These hours must be verified by the student’s undergraduate program.  If these observations are  to  be completed after your application is submitted, but in the Spring or summer prior to entering the Master’s program, please indicate how those hours will be obtained and verified.
  • Essential Skills: In addition to the academic skills and experiences noted above, admitted students must be able to perform, unaided or with approved accommodations, the following essential skills developed by the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders:
    • Critical thinking skills sufficient for clinical judgement
    • Interpersonal skills sufficient for effective interaction with individuals, families and other professionals from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds
    • Effective written and spoken communication sufficient for successful interaction iwth individuals, families and other professionals
    • Physical mobility sufficient for clinical activities regardless of setting
    • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for successful use of instruments and materials used in evaluation and treatment
    • Visual acuity sufficient for successful interaction with individuals, families, and other professionals throughout the assessment and treatment process
    • Hearing sensitivity and auditory discrimination sufficient for successful interaction with individuals, families and other professionals throughout the assessment and treattment processes

Note: A complete description of all essential functions can be found through the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the following web address: https://www.capcsd.org/academic-and-clinical-resources
 

  1. WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
  • All MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL BY JANUARY 15TH
  • We recommend that all applicants plan to have their materials submitted at least one month prior to the deadline. This allows time for any complications with the submission to be resolved before they are late.

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES?
  • GENERAL EDUCATION:
    • Physics or chemistry
    • Biologic science
    • Behavioral Science
    • Statistics
  • MAJOR COURSES:
    • Phonetics
    • Speech and hearing science
    • Speech/language development
    • Anatomy of speech production
    • Neurology
    • Audiology
    • Aural Rehab/Management of hearing disorders
    • One course in speech disorders
    • One course in language disorders

 

  1. IF I HAVEN’T COMPLETED THE PREREQUISITE COURSES, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

To obtain additional information about required CSD prerequisites, please review the information for our undergraduate program. If you  still have questions, you should contact Dr. Amy Myers, Director of Undergraduate Study.

 

  1. IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS?

International applicants must have their overseas credentials evaluated and successfully complete the TOEFL. Additional information about these requirements can be found through International Admissions.

 

  1. HOW DO I APPLY?
  • Applications to all UNCG graduate programs are made through the Slate portal using the information located at: HTTPS://GRS.UNCG.EDU/GUIDE/
  • Although each department determines the criteria for admission to a specific program, the actual application process is handled by the UNCG Graduate School.
  • For questions about details regarding the admission criteria, please contact the department.  For questions related to the process of applying, please contact the Graduate School.

 

  1. HOW MANY PEOPLE APPLY AND HOW MANY ARE ACCEPTED?

For the past 5 years, we have averaged approximately 290 applicants per year with 30-37 students enrolled per year.

 

  1. CAN I VISIT THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE I DECIDE TO APPLY?

Due to the high interest in Speech-Language Pathology, it is not possible to grant individual interviews to each interested student. Therefore, group dates are scheduled each semester. Applicants are encouraged to visit the CSD Department on one of these dates to receive additional information regarding the academic and clinical aspects of the program. In addition, applicants have the opportunity to ask questions and to talk with current students. Please email csd@uncg.edu to register for an information session. Family and friends are welcome. The meetings are held on the third floor of the Ferguson Building. Parking is available on the street and at nearby campus parking decks.

All sessions are on Fridays, 9:00-10:30. The dates for Fall 2020 are listed below. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, these sessions may occur virtually. Please check with departmental office (csd@uncg.edu) before you schedule a trip to Greensboro.

October 9, 2020

October 30, 2020

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE ACCEPTED STUDENTS?

For the past five years, the average overall GPA of admitted students is approximately 3.78, with  average GRE scores at the 50%ile or higher for all three areas (verbal, quantitative, analytic).

 

  1. HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

All Master’s students must be enrolled as full-time students for 5 semesters (Fall1, Spring 1 Summer, Fall2, Spring2)

 

  1. WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?

The curriculum for the MA in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to meet the 2020 ASHA Certification Standards, as well as the requirements for licensure by the NC Board of Examiners in Speech—Language Pathology and Audiology and the NC Department of Public Instruction. A typical course sequences is listed below. However, all admitted students will meet with the Director of Graduate Study during the first semester to make modifications to the course sequence, if necessary.

Term Course Credit Hours
Fall 1 CSD 606 Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders in Adults 3
  CSD 614 Language Learning Disabilities 3
  CSD 629 Dysphagia 3
  CSD 627 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 1
  CSD 671 Beginning Clinical Practice in SLP 5
  CSD 638 Minor Area Clinical Practicum 1
     
Spring 1 CSD 604 Fluency Disorders 2
  CSD 616 Motor Speech Disorders 3
  CSD 637 P, A, I: School-Age 3
  CSD 632 Introduction to Research in CSD 3
  CSD 678 Advanced Clinical Practice in SLP 5
     
Summer CSD 608 Seminar in Cleft Palate    3
  OR  
  CSD 605 Seminar in Medical Aspects of SLP 3
  CSD 678 Advanced Clinical Practice in SLP 5
  OR  
  CSD 677 Internship in Communication Disorders 3-9
     
Fall 2 CSD 600 Professional Issues and Ethics 3
  CSD 612 Augmentative/Alternative Communication 1
  CDS 636 P.A. I – Birth to 5 3
  CSD 677 Internship in Communication Disorders 9
     
Spring 2 CSD 633 Special Projects in CSD Research 3
  CSD 677 Internship in Comm. Disorders 9

TOTAL HOURS – PROGRAM          66          

 

  1. WHAT KIND OF CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS WILL I HAVE?

All students will have sufficient clinical experiences to meet the requirements for ASHA certification and NC Board of Examiners’ licensure. During your first year, all of your clinical experiences will be on the UNCG Campus or at other sites in the Greensboro area.  Some of the potential sites include

  • UNCG Speech and Hearing Center
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Moss Street Partnership School
  • Circle C Equestrian Center
  • Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
  • Guilford County Assessment Team

 

During your second year, you will be involved in externships at a wide variety of facilities. These include:

  • Hospitals – inpatient, outpatient and acute care
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Public schools
  • Special needs schools
  • Private practices
  • Early Intervention programs

 

  1. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO COMPLETE THE CSD MASTERS’ PROGRAM?

Tuition and fees for all degree programs at UNCG are determined by the university. Current rates for in-state and out-of-state students are located at https://grs.uncg.edu/financial/estimated-cost/. Additional financial information is available at https://grs.uncg.edu/financial/.

 

  1. ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR ASSISTANTSHIPS AVAILABLE?

Each year, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is awarded a limited number of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships.  All students accepted into the program are eligible for these and there is no separate application.  We will let accepted students know as soon as possible, if they are receiving a GA position and/or a tuition waiver.

In addition to tuition waivers and GAs, some scholarships are available through the School of Health and Human Sciences (https://www.uncg.edu/hhs/scholarship/) and the Graduate School (https://grs.uncg.edu/financial/scholarships/).  Please contact these groups directly for additional information.