Communication Science (BA) Overview

For students considering a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, this undergraduate major provides the scientific foundation upon which subsequent graduate academic or clinical training is appropriately based. 

A professional career in speech-language pathology or audiology requires further graduate study in an accredited program and completion of a clinical fellowship year. 

Speech-language pathology and audiology are diverse fields with many opportunities to work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, universities, research institutes, industry, and private practice, and with a variety of populations ranging from infant to elderly.

An undergraduate major in communication science is also appropriate for graduate work in the neurosciences, speech and hearing sciences, health related professions (including dentistry, medicine, and physician assistant studies) as well as graduate work in a range of education specializations, e.g. special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and early intervention.

Application Deadline for Undergraduate Program: March 15

Pitt Freshman Guarantee

Entering freshmen may qualify for a guarantee into the graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.  Qualifying students will meet the following criteria:  SAT scores of 1410 or an ACT test result of 30 or better.  Students must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

At the time of application to the graduate program, guaranteed students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or better and a GPA of 3.75 in the CSD major courses. Additionally, guaranteed students must achieve a GRE ranking in the 50th percentile or higher for the Quantitative and Verbal sections and a 3.5 for Analytical.  Finally, a full application must be submitted on time through the CSDCAS website.

For consideration for the Freshman Guarantee, indicate an intended field of study as Pre-communication Science on your application when applying to Pitt as a freshman (at regional Pitt campuses, choose corresponding codes).

Students with an interest in communication science should email Janice Vance, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Education, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, or call 412-383-6562. 

Information is also available from:
University of Pittsburgh
SHRS Office of Admissions
4019 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412- 383-6558

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