M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD graduate student working in the clinic


The graduate program in communication sciences and disorders leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

Students must complete 36 credits of required courses, 15 credits of practicum, 6 elective credits, and 3 credits of master’s project. If students choose, they can reduce elective credits and complete a 6-credit-hour thesis.  This program typically takes 5 semesters of full-time study to complete.

Students without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, referred to as “levelers,” must complete CSD 301, 370, 450, 380, 372, 472, or their equivalents in addition to the above coursework. These students can complete the program in two and a half years (typically 7 semesters of full-time study).

The Master's Speech-Language Pathology Program is accredited 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 


Our department uses the CSDCAS application process and graduate admission criteria established by the WCU Graduate School. The ETS testing code to have scores sent to WCU-CSDCAS is 4302.

Regular admission requires: 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE score minimum of 290 (verbal plus quantitative) with a writing score of 3.5
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Provisional admissions are available with program approval. 

We welcome students from all backgrounds who are interested in studying communication sciences and disorders. For that reason, we offer a unique admission opportunity to students outside of our field. These students, referred to as “levelers,” are admitted as graduate students and initially pursue a series of prerequisite courses preparing them for the graduate curriculum. Levelers can complete the program in two-and-a-half years as opposed to 2 years for students with a background in CSD.

Application Review & Admission Recommendations 

Applications for our program are reviewed by a faculty admissions committee, and admission recommendations are made to the graduate dean. Our department seats approximately 30 full-time students in each admission cohort. Admission decisions are made by mid-spring and students are notified shortly thereafter.

Application Contact Information

If you have questions about the application process and status of your application, you may contact Dr. Tracie Rice (trice@wcu.edu). 

If you have questions about improving your application to reapply in the future, you may contact Laura Trivette (ltrivette@wcu.edu). 

If you would like to schedule a visit because you are unable to attend Open House, please contact Penney Parker (pjparker@wcu.edu) to discuss potential dates and times.

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