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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.

Admission 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.
    • Seminar in Composition*, 1 course
    • Writing Intensive, 1 course. ENGCMP 0400, 0450, 0530, 0535 recommended.
    • Oral Communication, 1 course. COMMRC 0520 preferred; 0500, 0510, 0530 acceptable.
    • College Algebra, 1 course. MATH 0031 or higher math required. Exemption not accepted.
    • Quantitative and Formal Reasoning*: Statistics (STAT 0200 or STAT 1000 preferred), and one additional course.
    • Diversity*, 1 course. SOC 0007, SOC 1450 or HIST 1018 preferred.
    • Literature*, 1 course. American or English required.
    • Philosophical Thinking or Ethics*, 1 course
    • Social Sciences*, 1 course
    • Biological Science: Human Biology (BIOSC 0150, 0805, 0815) or any Human Anatomy & Physiology course required.
    • Physical Science: Physics (PHYS 0091 or PHYS 0110) or Chemistry (CHEM 0110 or higher) required.
    • Introduction to Psychology, PSY 0010 required.
    • Lifespan/Human Development: PSYED 005, REHSCI 1245, or PSY 0310 required.
    • Cognitive/Neurological Foundations: PSY 0405, 0410, 0421, 0422, 0505, 0510; or NROSCI 0080, 0081, 1000 required.
    • Cross-Cultural Awareness*, Global Issues*, Specific Geographic Region*, 1 course. May also be satisfied through Study Abroad.

*See the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education Course Catalog.  

Application Requirements

  • Complete the application for admission. 
    • The application for Fall 2023 will open in November 2022.
  • A personal essay addressing the following:
    • 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,
    • 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.
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended. Pitt students do not need to provide transcripts if they have already been submitted to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • A letter of recommendation is not required.

Application Deadline

March 1. 

Admission Timeline

Application review begins in January. Admission decisions will be available no later than April 15.