The MS degree program has been offered at UNC Chapel Hill for 30 years and is consistently rated among the top graduate speech and hearing programs in the nation. Two tracks exist within the MS program.
The clinical track is a 60-semester-hour program combining clinical experiences with a comprehensive curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and graduates will be eligible for ASHA certification and North Carolina state licensure.
The need for sensitive and skilled speech-language pathologists, educated to provide clinical services under evidence based practice guidelines is greater than ever because of our nation's rapidly growing multicultural population. The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences seeks individuals who want to work with a variety of clinical populations, including people from other cultures, the unserved, and those who are underserved. The Speech and Hearing Sciences curriculum provides an environment where learning is based on classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
The non-clinical track is designed for those students who do not plan to pursue eligibility for ASHA certification. Students from other countries which do not require or even recognize certification by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association are often interested in the non-clinical track. Students who plan a career in research or industry may also select this program of study.