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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered as a major and minor for undergraduate studies.

In combination with graduate study, a major in communication sciences and disorders leads to a rewarding career serving individuals across the lifespan as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Program Highlights

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Saint Xavier University consists of courses that introduce students to the anatomical, physiological, neurological, psychological, developmental, linguistic and acoustic bases of speech and language development. Students also are introduced to the nature, assessment and management of communication disorders.

In this program, you will learn the biological and physical aspects of speech, language, hearing and swallowing processes, and you will develop an understanding of speech and language disorders and how they may warrant clinical intervention. Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program participate is 25 hours of guided observation.

Program Requirements

For more information, please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog.

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Direct Admission Policy for SXU Undergraduate Students

Direct admission to the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is available for students who meet specific criteria.

Criteria for direct admission include the following:

  • Senior status (90+ credit hours accumulated by the start of the fall semester of senior year) in the SXU undergraduate CSD program.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 across all coursework completed at the college/university level.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA in the major of 3.5 by the end of the junior year with all A and B grades in CSD courses.
  • During the final undergraduate year, students must continue to meet the overall and CSD GPA and grade requirements and complete CSDI 310: Clinical Methods and CSDI 355: Clinical Practicum.
  • Admission is conditional based on completion of the bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Xavier University; all CSD courses must be taken at SXU.

Process for direct admission:

  • Students who wish to be admitted into the graduate program under this process neednotcomplete an application through the Common Application System (CSDCAS) for SXU.
  • By September 21 of senior year, students will submit:
    • a faculty support form. Faculty support forms will be sent via email to students who meet the above criteria. The form must be submitted with the signatures of three full-time faculty members endorsing direct admission (in lieu of letters of recommendation) and,
    • official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended to the CSD undergraduate program director (this includes transcripts from SXU, and any other university or community college attended, even if those transcripts have already been sent to the University as part of an initial application).
  • Students who meet all the eligibility requirements will be sent a confirmation letter by the undergraduate program director.
  • Students who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to reserve their place in the graduate class must submit a $500 non-refundable deposit by April 15 of the final undergraduate year.

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