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M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

About M.S.CSD Program

Program Overview

Location: Cullowhee, Main Campus

Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, required courses

Full-Time, 30 Person Cohort

App. Deadline: Feb. 15 - Fall Admit Only

63 Credit Hours, 21 Months to Complete

100% praxis pass rate and employment

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The Speech Language Pathology graduate program is a highly competitive, full-time program made up of a 30 person cohort. The application deadline for all students in Feburary 15, as cohorts begin in the Fall of each year. 


CSD graduate student working in the clinic


At the time of matriculation, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree and completed all ASHA pre-requisite courses (a biological science course, a chemistry or physics course, a social science course, and a statistics course).

The competitive applicant will have the following:

  • a strong grade point average (e.g. > 3.3 for both overall and in pre-requisite courses)
  • high CASPer score
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation
  • excellent communication skills

How to Apply: 

Step 1

Applicants must complete Western Carolina University’s Graduate School application and pay the application fee.



Step 2

Applicants must create an account through CASPer and take skills assessment through the CASPer system.

More information regarding this step will be posted soon!

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 15th. All application materials must be submitted to WCU Graduate School by that date.

Application Requirements

All of the following application materials must be submitted through WCU application portal.

Applications Must Include:

  • 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 score on CASPer exam (this is provided directly to Western from CASPer following applicant testing/scoring)
  • Submission of response to written prompt (provided as part of the application through WCU)

Speech Language Pathology practice requires certain aptitude, abilities, and skills to ensure success and client safety. Students accepted into the program must attest to meeting these essential functions.

Information for International Applicants

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. International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a statement of financial responsibility.

Course Sequence

  • To see a typical course sequence if you are interested in completing a thesis and have an undergraduate degree in CSD  - choose this link 
  • To see a typical course sequence if you have a degree in CSD and are not interested in completing a thesis in graduate school click this link 
  • If you have a degree in another field click this link to see your typical course sequence.

Application Contact Information

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

If you have questions about improving your application to reapply in the future, you may contact Laura Trivette (

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