Applying to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology Program


Applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college/university. A specific major is not required, but specific prerequisite course work must be completed prior to matriculation. All applicants must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the general education prerequisite courses listed below (denoted by *) with a grade of 2.0 or higher. CSD prerequisites (denoted by + on the list below) are required if the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. CSD prerequisites must have a minimum of 3 credit hours with a grade of 3.0 or higher. Applicants will report the completion status of prerequisite coursework in the application.

Prerequisite college-level coursework:

Prerequisite college-level coursework:

  • Biology*
  • Social/Behavioral Science*
  • General Physics/Chemistry*
  • Statistics*
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • Normal Language Development
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Hearing Science

*More specific information about courses that will satisfy these prerequisites can be found on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website.

+ View a list of universities that offer all of the CSD prerequisite courses online

Twenty-five (25) hours of observation in speech-language pathology are required prior to matriculation. They do not need to be complete at the time of application. Download a documentation log, if needed (PDF).

Application Process

Applying to the MUSC MS-SLP program is a two-part process. Both the CSDCAS & MUSC applications must be submitted by the application deadline.



Complete the MUSC application. Only the application is needed, you are NOT required to resubmit any supporting materials to MUSC, such as transcripts, references, or essays.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2021  Regular July 15, 2021 January 1, 2022 

Interview Process and Program Acceptance

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the submission of all materials prior to the deadline. Regularly check your MUSC Application Progress Portal & your CSDCAS application progress.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by early to mid-February. Applicant interviews will be conducted via Zoom in February / early March.

Applicants who are invited to join the program will receive a letter of acceptance from the Dean of the College of Health Professions by the end of March. Classes begin in August.


The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

International Students

Currently, MUSC’s SLP degree program only accepts applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States. We are unable to accept international students that require I-20 issuance.