Location: West Campus, Cullowhee, NC
Min Reqs: 3.0 GPA, bachelor's degree
Full-time, 30 person cohort
App Deadline: Feb 1 for fall term start
Full-Time; 63 Credit Hours
Highly competitive praxis pass rates
Students completing the program will graduate with a Master's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. With 100% Praxis pass rates and post-graduate employment, our program is highly competitive. We value the unique qualities of faculty, staff, and students in our program, and we strive to create a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, justice, and belonging. In that line, we serve a unique population in rural Appalachia, improving the communication and quality of life of our neighbors. Our program offers students a variety of clinical sites (e.g., skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, private practice, schools), and students may even have the opportunity to acquire unique placements nationally. (National and international service experiences are also returning to the table for discussion and planning.) We offer several internal scholarships, graduate assistantships, and tuition remissions for exceptional applicants. We believe strongly in the community we have created, and we hope you will consider WCU to earn your master's degree.
Amazing opportunities await you at WCU!
As of August 1, 2023, the admissions process for the Fall 2024 cohort is open. Applications are submitted through WCU; that is, WCU does not use an external application platform. At present, the GRE is still required for the WCU application. The recommended score is combined 290 and 3.5 writing, but a minimum is not required for consideration of admission.
The competitive application will have the following:
At WCU, we appreciate the value of diverse educational backgrounds and professional experiences. For this reason, we offer two academic tracks: Traditional and Leveler. In the application process, you will be expected to select one track to which you are committing. Use the decision chart to find the best fit for you. If you match the leveler track at present, please discuss with us the distance education prerequisite course sequence prior to applying to confirm this path.
This course of study is designed for students who meet one of the two requirements below:
This track is 5 semesters, with a spring semester graduation.
This course of study is designed for students who meet both of the two requirements below:
This track is 7 semesters, with a fall semester graduation.
Step 1: Complete Western Carolina University's Graduate School application. (We do not require or accept applications submitted in external application platforms. All materials must be submitted through the Graduate School's application system.)
Step 2: Request official transcripts from all universities from which you have earned college-level academic credit.
Step 3: Select and submit the names of those individuals providing letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Step 4: Per the current requirements, complete the GRE and send to WCU using the school code 5897.
Speech Language Pathology practice requires certain aptitude, abilities, and skills to ensure clinician and client success and safety. Students accepted into the program must attest to meeting these essential functions.
Citizens of other countries, whose degrees are not from U.S. institutions, must have their transcripts and full course descriptions translated into English and evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation service such as World Education Services.
"Language proficiency is the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and spontaneously in expressive (spoken and written) and receptive (listening and reading) modalities. Widely used tests of English language proficiency that assess skill in each of the four modalities of language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) include the IELTS, which is based on English as a global language (including English used in North America, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand), and the TOEFL, based on American English." (ASHA, retrieved on August 1, 2023)
According to ASHA's February 2019 Final Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Language Proficiency, it has been recommended to require a minimum TOEFL Total Score of 105 with at least a 26 on the Speaking and Listening subtests and to require a minimum IELTS Total Score to 7.5, with at least a 7.5 on the Speaking and Listening segments.
If you have about programs in CSD, contact Dr. Leigh Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org
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