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Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-baccalaureate Requirements

An applicant with an undergraduate major outside of communication sciences and disorders must satisfy minimum prerequisite course work. Several courses (listed below) must be completed before submitting a graduate application, and all must be completed before commencing graduate study. These may be taken at Saint Xavier University or through another program in communication sciences and disorders. If the sequence of courses is taken at Saint Xavier University, it normally can be completed in one academic year, but only if it is begun in the fall. It should be noted that completion of the prerequisite course work does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the graduate program. All students who apply are evaluated by the Admissions Committee based on the same criteria.

Fall schedule:

  • CSDI 204: Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • CSDI 205: Phonetics
  • CSDI 206: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • CSDI 305: Development of Language in the Young Child
  • CSDI 307: Introduction to Audiology

Spring schedule:

  • CSDI 207/CSDIL 207: Introduction to Speech Science and Lab
  • CSDI 301: Phonology/Phonological Disorders
  • CSDI 306: Language Disorders in Children
  • CSDI 309: Neural Bases of Language, Speech and Swallowing

For more information about admission requirements for non-majors, please contact Department Chair Mrs. Maureen Schmitt at In addition, you can discuss whether you have completed the courses in biological and physical sciences, math, and psychological and social sciences that apply toward the requirements of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for the certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology.

Transfer Policy

A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred from other institutions toward the master's degree in speech-language pathology. Petitions regarding additional transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.

For more information, please call the Graduate Admission Office at 773-298-3053 or contact Graduate Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology Sarah Schellinger at 773-298-3566 or via email at