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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) provides broad-based instruction in the areas of normal and disordered communication development. Our master’s degree programs prepare individuals for the clinical practice of speech-language pathology, working with both children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, spoken language, hearing and literacy problems, while the doctoral program promotes scholarly research in these areas.

COMD offers programs leading to the following degrees: Master of Speech Pathology (MSP), Master of Communication Disorders (MCD), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The department’s programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Its graduates are eligible for national certification, state licensure and public school teaching certification from the South Carolina Department of Education. Admission to full graduate standing is on a selective basis, determined by the quality of the academic preparation of the applicant. An applicant for admission to graduate study in speech-language pathology must meet the requirements of both The Graduate School and the COMD department.

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Communication Sciences & Disorders News

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COMD Open House

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is hosting an Open House for admitted and prospective students, on Friday March 23rd, between 1.30pm and 4pm. If you have not visited our Department yet, but would like to, we are offering an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet faculty.

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National Aphasia Association spotlights USC Aphasia Lab

The National Aphasia Association (NAA) has featured the USC Aphasia Lab and their tailgating event, which brings together participants, their families, and lab members, in their Affiliate Highlight series.

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COMD represents at ASHA

The Arnold School’s COMD department maintained its significant presence with 20 presentations on topics such as literacy, hearing loss and aphasia by students and faculty at ASHA's 2017 convention in Los Angeles. 

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Karim Johari named Graduate Scholar in Aging

Doctoral candidate Karim Johari has been named a Graduate Scholar in Aging as part of a research awards program supported by Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold.

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2017-2018 Presidential Fellows

The Graduate School has announced 70 Presidential Fellows, representing 25 states, eight countries, and 33 graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. Thirteen of these promising students call the Arnold School home. 

Leslie Lancaster

August grad pursues dream career

A master of communication disorders in speech-language pathology graduate, Leslie Lancaster is leaving UofSC with the experience and passion to work with older adults in rehabilitation and outpatient settings.

Emily Metze

MSP student receives national award

Emily Metze was recently recognized with a Students Preparing for Academic-Research Career Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She will use the $1,000 stipend that accompanies the award to attend the organization's annual convention in Los Angeles this fall.


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