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Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Requirements


An applicant with an undergraduate major outside of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) seeking admission into our graduate Speech-Language Pathology program is considered a "non-major." In addition to completing the application process for consideration into the graduate program, non-majors must complete five CSD prerequisite courses. The five prerequisites must be completed prior to when the candidate would begin the graduate program, provided the candidate gets admitted into the graduate program (the graduate program begins every year in the fall {August}). It is strongly encouraged that some of the five prerequisites be completed before, or during, the fall semester one year prior to the non-major's desired start of the graduate program. Prerequisites must be completed at a four-year institution, resulting in a letter grade of "C" or higher. Please be aware that completion of the prerequisites, be it at Saint Xavier University or another institution, does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the graduate program. All students who apply to the graduate program are evaluated by the Admissions Committee based on the same criteria. The five prerequisites, as offered at Saint Xavier University, are listed below.

Fall schedule:

  • 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

For more information about admission requirements for non-majors, please contact Graduate Program Director, Giselle Núñez, at gnunezFREESXU. 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, Giselle Núñez, at 773-298-3563 or gnunezFREESXU.