MS in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at MUSC prepares students to work as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) upon graduation. While students will be prepared to work across the entire scope practice for an SLP, our program has an emphasis in medical speech-language pathology. The curriculum is designed to focus on clinical training. Students are taught foundational knowledge early on and hone their clinical skills via interactive classrooms and clinical rotations. 

As an academic medical center, MUSC gives students access to top-notch facilities and faculty. Students have will access to a wide range of clinical experiences. At MUSC, SLPs provide care in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings to a diverse patient population including pre-term babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), inpatients after stroke or traumatic brain injury, and patients with head and neck cancer. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside practicing clinicians in a variety of patient cases throughout the program, including during their didactic course work.

Program will begin Fall 2021


  1. Complete an application through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service(CSDCAS) AND a separate supplemental university application through the Office of Enrollment Management at MUSC. 
  2. Complete a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through CSDCAS. 

  3. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for Fall 2021 will receive a GRE waiver. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores through CSDCAS. Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher and an analytical score of 3.5 or higher. Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and must be received on or before the deadline to be considered. Please allow a minimum of 6-weeks for scores to be sent from the GRE testing agency to CSDCAS.

  4. Complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation in speech-language pathology and submit documentation via CSDCAS. 

  5. Submit three references through CSDCAS: one from a professor or advisor familiar with your academic ability and accomplishments, or one from an employer if you have been out of school for several years, and two from professional references of your choice. References from friends or family members are not accepted. References should know you and your abilities.
  6. Complete all prerequisite courses. Prior to matriculation, applicants must complete a minimum of 3.00 credit hours for each prerequisite course listed below. All CSD prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation with a grade of 3.0 or higher.  Non-CSD prerequisites (i.e. biology, physics/chemistry, social/behavioral science, and statistics) must be completed prior to matriculation with a grade of 2.0 or higher. A minimum average prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission consideration. 

    Prerequisite college-level coursework:

    • 3 hrs. Biology*
    • 3 hrs. Social/Behavioral Science*
    • 3 hrs. General Physics/Chemistry*
    • 3 hrs. Statistics*
    • 3 hrs. Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
    • 3 hrs. Normal Language Development
    • 3 hrs. Phonetics
    • 3 hrs. Speech and Hearing Science

    *More specific information about courses that will satisfy these prerequisites can be found on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website.

    Please use this link to find acceptable online courses for Non-CSD applicants

    Prerequisite Special Note: If you have questions about the prerequisites, please contact the MUSC SLP program for guidance, Heather Shaw Bonilha Ph.D., CCC-SLP, or 843-792-2527.

  7. Submit the academic plans form to the Office of Enrollment Management with your MUSC supplemental application.  Please list any courses you have in progress or plan to take.  If you have completed all prerequisites and do not intend to take any additional courses, please indicate that on the form and submit it to Enrollment Management.  This form must be received by the application deadline.
  8. Accepted students must be able to meet the Minimum Skills/Eligibility Requirements and sign a form indicating that they meet the minimum skills when they arrive on campus. 
  9. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the submission of all materials prior to the deadline. Please check your MUSC supplemental application progress portal:  Please check your CSDCAS application progress:

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.   

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2021  Regular July 15, 2020 January 1, 2021 

International Students

At this time, MUSC’s SLP degree program only accepts applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States. We are unable to accept international students that require I-20 issuance.

Interview Process and Program Acceptance

Only complete applications will be considered for an interview.  Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by early-to-mid February.  Applicant interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle will be held in late February or early March 2021.  All interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom. We will hold on-line and on-campus sessions for students to learn more about the program.

Applicants who are invited to join the program will receive a letter of acceptance from the Dean of Health Professions by the end of March 2021. Classes begin in August 2021 (Fall semester).


The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina is an Applicant for Candidacy 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, MD 20850; 800-498-2071 or 301-296- 5700.