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What will I learn?

Help people overcome speech, cognitive (thinking), and swallowing disorders through Ball State’s major in speech pathology and audiology.

As a pre-professional program, this major is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a doctorate of audiology (AuD).

As a graduate, you will be well prepared to pursue further studies in order to become a speech-language pathologist, a highly in-demand career field.

What You Will Learn

The focus of this major is the study of human communication and its disorders. It includes disorders of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. Communication disorders can be congenital (existing at or dating from fetal development or birth) or acquired and can affect individuals of any age. In this program, you will learn about:

speech
sounds

speech acoustics – the production, control, transmission, reception, and effects of spoken sound
phonology – the science of speech sounds including the history and theory of sound changes in a language or in two or more related languages
anatomy – the organs, cells, and tissues related to speech, language, and hearing
physiology – the functions and activities of the organ, cells, and tissues related to speech, language, and hearing
how to work in and observe professionals in a clinic
psychology
disorders related to speech, speech development, language, language development, hearing, and balance

What Can You Do with a Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology?

Ball State’s bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology is a pre-professional program only and prepares students for graduate studies in speech pathology and audiology. Students who complete their master’s or doctoral studies in this field go on to work as speech-language pathologists (or speech therapists).

Speech language pathologists with a master’s degree work with people:

with the inability to make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly
with voice quality problems, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice
with swallowing difficulties
with problems understanding and producing language
with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering

Which department am I in?

College of Health

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,518.00 per year
Tuition (12-18 credits per semester)
Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

College of Health

Health Professions Building, Room 214,

MUNCIE,

Indiana,

47303, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You should apply as a freshman undergraduate student if: you have completed or will complete high school or secondary school before the semester you apply to start; you have not attended a university, college, or other postsecondary institution; you wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.

For international students

Students should apply as a freshman undergraduate student if:

Students have completed or will complete high school or secondary school before the semester you apply to start

Students have not attended a university, college, or other postsecondary institution

Students wish to earn a bachelor’s degree

Required Scores to demonstrate English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT 79; IELTS 6.5 Band; Pearson's PTE 53

Dates and Deadlines - International Admissions must receive all your application materials by these dates for consideration for a specific term

Fall Term - application materials due by June 15th

Spring Term - application materials due by November 15th

Priority application date for fall enrollment: March 1; priority application date for spring enrollment: December 1.

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

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