Speech and Hearing Sciences

Welcome to the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Follow the links on this page to learn more about our nationally-ranked speech-language pathology and audiology programs, our doctoral program, and our undergraduate minor. You can also find information about the division’s clinical services and ongoing faculty and student research. Homepage

A Commitment to Excellence 

The graduate program in speech and hearing at UNC-Chapel Hill was established by Dr. Robert Peters nearly 40 years ago in response to a need for well-educated professionals, able to treat a broad array of communication disorders. From its inception, the program has been committed to the highest standards of educational preparation for future speech-language pathologists and audiologists, while providing vision and leadership in our professional disciplines. Established in 1969 as the Institute for Speech and Hearing Sciences, the program became the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1980 and is now one of seven divisions in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Allied Health Sciences. Three degree programs are offered: a Masters of Science (MS) in Speech and Hearing Sciences (clinical and non-clinical track), a Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (AuD), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for students seeking a career in academic teaching and research. More than 20 full and part-time faculty hold appointments in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and many others serve as clinical preceptors and research mentors.


The Master's and AuD Programs at UNC are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; the AuD program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education. Learn more.

Strategic Plan

The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences is one of seven divisions in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine. Strategic planning occurs at both the Department and Division levels with specific initiatives in each academic year. Learn more.

Mission Statement

We engage in evidence-based teaching, research, and service aimed at understanding, preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders of speech, language, hearing, and balance. We strive to facilitate and enhance communication and quality of life for individuals and families affected by these disorders. 

To accomplish this mission we educate students, conduct and disseminate scholarly research, and provide services. Learn more.