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What will I learn?

The communication sciences and disorders major is designed to provide students with pre-professional preparation essential to pursuing graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology. Graduate degrees at the masters or doctoral level are necessary to work as speech-language pathologists or audiologists. These individuals work as professionals to assist people who have communication disorders; teachers, clinical supervisors and/or researchers in universities; administrators and leaders in healthcare or educational settings.

Research is essential in order to understand more about how humans communicate and the problems that can interfere with their communication. The major encourages students to become involved in research, provides them with opportunities to pursue honors projects and honors theses, and encourages students to attend and present their research work with the student's faculty mentor at regional and national conferences.

There is a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, so they are in strong demand for jobs. Communication sciences and disorders provides an excellent background for students who want to pursue careers in related areas such as special education, deaf education, medicine, or dentistry and offers an exciting and fascinating course of study for students who simply wish to study the area as a major.

Careers

Many graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major. However, some graduates choose unrelated careers that utilize skills and experiences developed during their years in college. Keep in mind that graduate study is required for most positions in this field. Some individuals who major in communication sciences and disorders go on for further study in special education, medicine, and psychology.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,600.00 per year
Given fee includes Tuition, Insurance and ISSS
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

235 M.L.K. Jr.,

HARRISONBURG,

Virginia,

22807, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL): 550.

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript with senior year course schedule.

Minimum standardized test score:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 58

TOEFL minimum score of 81 (internet-based test)

Cambridge English Exam - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) minimum score of 176, CEFR level

Application deadline: Fall Term - June 1; Spring Term - October 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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