Communication Sciences and Disorders is the profession devoted to helping people overcome disabilities of speech, language and hearing. The study of communication sciences and disorders may begin in the freshman or sophomore year. Students learn about speech, language, and hearing disorders through a combination of classroom instruction and observations in the on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Center and elsewhere. Candidates for a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must satisfy all departmental as well as University Discovery and Writing Intensive requirements.
Students are advised to continue their professional education at colleges or universities offering graduate programs, since the minimal entry degree for practicing speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is a masters degree. A doctoral degree is required for students wishing to pursue careers in audiology. Both of these career tracks lead to eventual certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Students should take note that admission to graduate programs across the USA is highly competitive, with many programs requiring cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 3.50 or higher, along with satisfactory scores on the GRE exam, in order for students to be considered for admission. UNH students do not receive preferential consideration for admission to the UNH graduate program.
A recent article in The ASHA Leader offers advice to students applying to graduate school. Read more...