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Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Join the growing field of communication sciences and disorders. Learn to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders.

Our graduates become immediately eligible for state licensure and are prepared to begin a clinical fellowship to obtain national certification, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. The program boasts world-class research faculty members advancing evidence-based practices in the field and is continuously accredited.

Program Highlights

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    A Top Choice

    Study in a program that is consistently ranked among the Top 25 best speech-language pathology programs in the United States.

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    Convenient Paths

    Choose from two pathways to suit your needs. Attend full-time on-campus or part-time via distance education.

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    Career Opportunities

    Enjoy excellent job prospects in speech-language pathology, predicted to grow faster than many other occupations.

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    Become eligible to achieve national certification, state licensure and public school teaching certification.

What You’ll Study

Prepare for your career in health care, schools or private practice. Study the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, phonetics, language development, audiology, articulation disorders and more. Complete your clinical training experience at the Montgomery Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic and at off-campus clinical partners.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services

    Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Owner

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $86,826

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Private Practice

Employers of Alumni

  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • Sprout Pediatrics, LLC
  • Prisma Health
  • FOX Rehabilitation
  • Richland School District 2
  • Greenville County Schools

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Not only does the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offer a convenient distance-ed program to students, like me, who are unable to fulfill the obligations of a residential program, the courses are taught by professors who are passionate, inspiring and student-focused.

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