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Speech Pathology and Audiology Program Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology?

Complete the online application for admission to the Graduate Program.  If you are admitted as a graduate student, your application documents will be forwarded to the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Program’s Admissions Committee to be considered for admission into the SPA Program.

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications is set by the School of Graduate Studies.  It is usually in June for Fall admission.  Since admission to the SPA Program is competitive, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

If I cannot begin the program in the Fall, will I be able to begin in the Spring semester?

No, new graduate students may begin the SPA Graduate Program in the Fall semester only.

What are the admission requirements?

The applicant must first be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies, and must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.  The applicant must have two strong letters of recommendation from two former professors, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores consistent with South Carolina State University’s graduate admission standards.  Please note that letters from work supervisors, legislators, and other non-academic persons are not acceptable.

How many students do you accept into the SPA Program each year?

Approximately 30-35 students are admitted into the program each Fall.

Do you have probationary admissions?

No, the SC State University SPA Program only offers full admission.

Am I eligible to apply for admission even though I do not have an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology?

Yes, approximately one-quarter to one-half of the students admitted each year do not have an undergraduate background in Speech-Language Pathology.

Do I need to take the prerequisite courses before applying to the graduate program?

No, students who are admitted to the SPA graduate program without an undergraduate background in Speech-Language Pathology should take the prerequisite courses at SC State University during their first two semesters in the Program.

If I have taken the prerequisite courses at another institution, will those courses be accepted for transfer?

Although the Admissions Committee cannot guarantee that all your prerequisite courses will be accepted for transfer, you may submit your request along with copies of your transcripts, copies of syllabi from the courses, and copies of the course descriptions from the institution catalog.  The Admissions Committee may accept up to 12 credit hours for transfer.

Does the Admissions Committee give preference to students who have undergraduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology?


Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission to the graduate program?
Applicants may take either the GRE OR the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in order to be considered for admission.

What is the minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) necessary to be considered for admission to the program?

3.0 on a 4.0 scale

If I meet all of the stated admission requirements, am I guaranteed admission to the program?

No, admission to the SPA Program is very competitive and only a limited number of seats are available.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology a number of years ago.  Will I be required to take the prerequisite courses?

Depending upon when you obtained your degree, you may be required to take several or all of the prerequisite courses.

How long is the program in Speech-Language Pathology?

For those students who are admitted with an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, program completion is usually accomplished within 6-8 semesters (including summers).  For those admitted without an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, it usually takes 2-3 more semesters.

Does the SC State SPA Graduate Program prepare students for careers in medical facilities?

Yes, the SPA Program prepares students to work in ALL types of medical and educational employment settings for speech-language pathologists.  Before graduation, all graduate students must complete one practicum experience working in a medical facility, and one practicum experience working in a school setting.


Are any of the program’s courses offered online?

No, none of the SPA courses are offered completely online.

When are the Speech-Language Pathology graduate courses offered?

All SPA courses are offered only one semester per academic year.  Each graduate-level course meets from 5:00 to 7:30 one evening per week.

How many credit hours is considered to be a full-time load?

Graduate students who take 3 courses, or 9 semester hours, are considered to be full-time.

If I take more than 3 courses per semester, can I complete the program more quickly?

Three courses per semester is the maximum a student should take.  Nine credit hours is considered full-time.

Where can I find your student outcome statistics?

Click the link to the left that says “Student Outcomes.”

How many of your graduates obtain employment following graduation?

100% for the past 3 years

What percentage of your graduate students obtain a passing score on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NESPA)?

An average of over 93% over the past 3 years

Is the SPA Graduate Program accredited?

Yes, the SPA program was reaccredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2012.