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Speech Pathology & Audiology Admission Criteria

Admission to the speech-language pathology graduate program will depend upon full admission to the School of Graduate Studies; two (2) strong letters of recommendation from two former professors; an exemplary record of academic achievement and scholarship with a minimum undergraduate cumulative average of 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale; approval of the admission application by the program’s (SPA) Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC); and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores consistent with South Carolina State University’s graduate admission standards. Admissions are limited to fall semesters only. Since there are only a limited number of spaces available, students are encouraged to apply early.


An undergraduate degree in speech pathology is desirable, but students with other undergraduate majors may be admitted. Students without the undergraduate degree in speech pathology must complete 18 semester hours of graduate-level prerequisite courses as part of the requirements for this program before proceeding with the higher-level professional courses. The prerequisite courses include: SPA 505 Introduction to Communication Disorders, SPA 511 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing, SPA 560 Introduction to Audiology, SPA 514 Introduction to Phonetics, SPA 520 Language Development, and SPA 581 Introduction to Clinical Procedures. Since these courses are offered as part of our graduate program at SC State, it cannot be guaranteed that prerequisite credits from other institutions will be accepted for transfer.


Only students who have been fully admitted to the School of Graduate Studies will be permitted to take courses in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students who are not seeking a degree, but have been accepted by Graduate Studies for recertification purposes only, will be permitted to take a course as class space permits.


Please note that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) certification standards have been updated as of 2013. In order to become eligible for ASHA national certification, you must have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in statistics, physical sciences, biological sciences, and social/behavioral sciences.


A limited number of openings exist, and applicants are encouraged to complete the application process at the earliest date. Admission is competitive; meeting the requirements shown above does not guarantee admission.


The application deadline for Fall admission is June 15th.

Spring admission is not available.


For tuition and fees information, go to: http://www.scsu.edu/admissions/feesandexpenses/studentfees


For more information, contact:

Speech Pathology and Audiology Program
300 College Street, NE
Box 7427
Orangeburg, SC 29117


Phone: 803-536-8074
Clinic: 803-536-8073
Fax: 803-536-8357
E-mail: cjeffrie@scsu.edu