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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, all ethnic and racial backgrounds, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0) is required for admission. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally.
  • 60 credits are required to begin the program.
  • Prerequisites must be completed for a letter grade, minimum grade of C- (C for transfer) unless otherwise noted; with the exception of AP/IB credits and/or exemptions awarded by the University of Pittsburgh. Courses listed below are offered at the Pittsburgh Campus, courses taken at the regional Pitt campuses or external institutions must be evaluated as equivalent to satisfy these requirements. Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.
    • College Math (MATH 0031 or higher), 3 credits 
    • Statistics (STAT 0200 or 1000), 3-4 credits  
    • English Composition (ENGCMP 0200 or equivalent), 3 credits  
    • Intensive Writing (Any "W" course), 3 credits
    • Oral Communication (COMMRC 0520 recommended, COMMRC 0310, 0500, 0510, 0530, 0550 are also accepted), 3 credits 
    • Psychology (PSY 0010), 3 credits 
    • Biological Science: Human Biology (BIOSC 0100, 0805, 0815 or 0150) or Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOSC 0041 or BIOSC 1250), 3 credits 
    • Physical Science: Physics (PHYS 0091 or 0110) or Chemistry (CHEM 0110 or higher), 3 credits 
    • A minimum of six credits from the requirements below must be completed before entering the program. The additional credits (15) may be completed before or during the program.
      • Lifespan/Human Development (PSY 0310 or REHSCI 1245), 3 credits
      • Cognitive/Neurological Foundations (PSY 0405, 0410, 0421, 0505 or 0510; NROSCI 0080 or 1000), 3 credits
      • Literature* (must be English or American), 3 credits
      • Philosophical Thinking or Ethics*, 3 credits
      • Social Science* or Quantitative & Formal Reasoning* (in addition to the Statistics prerequisite), 3 credits
      • Global Issues*, Diversity*, or Cross-Cultural Awareness*, or Study Abroad credits, 6 credits

*Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences General Education Categories

Application Requirements

  • Complete the application for admission
  • Upload a personal essay to your application addressing the following:
    1. What you have done to learn about the field of communication science and disorders (both the science and clinical practice) in preparation for majoring in our undergraduate program in communication science? (maximum word count: 200 words); and, 
    2. Communication Science is a challenging major and admission to graduate school for speech-language pathology, audiology or other health-related and science fields is very competitive. Please explain what academic and personal skills you have developed since starting college that will allow you to be successful in this major. What do you feel are the critical skills, practices and attitudes that you must continue to work on as you proceed further in your academic studies?  (maximum word count: 500 words); 
  • Resumes are strongly recommended and should be upload to your application.
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review.
    • The SHRS admission team will pull transcripts for Pitt students. ​
    • Transfer students should have provided all their transcripts to the Pitt Admissions Office when they submitted their transfer application.
  • Applicants enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh are not required to submit a letter of recommendation.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

Admission Timeline

Once your application is complete, an admission decision is typically available in a few weeks. Application review begins in January.