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Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses for a letter grade:

  • 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 0100 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

Additional Requirements

  • Required credits for admission: 60 credits. Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0) is required for admission. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally.
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for transfer.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: February 15. If spots are available after the deadline applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself application. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Communication Science as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here. 

All applicants must:

  • Submit a personal essay 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); 
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions from which they have college credits. Current University of Pittsburgh students do not need to provide their University of Pittsburgh transcript, and can request copies of transcripts previously submitted to Pitt from their current school. Students currently at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences can obtain copies of non-Pitt transcripts from the Office of Student Records, 140 Thackeray Hall, and drop them off in the SHRS Admissions Office, 4020 Forbes Tower; 
  • Resumes are strongly recommended;
  • A letter of recommendation is not required.