Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be granted to students, including transfer students, when the requirements indicated below have been met.

  1. Attainment of at least a 2.90 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale) on all coursework attempted. For those students with transfer credit, a combined grade point average of at least a 2.90 must be achieved for all coursework being transferred plus all coursework attempted at Missouri State.
  2. The completion of a minimum of 50 semester hours including the following General Education courses, which must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. Please select from the course below to be eligible for consideration of acceptance to the major. Course options were selected to fulfill Knowledge and Skills in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Please check with your advisor to determine any available substitutions..
    1. Chemistry: CHM 107(3) or 116(4) or Physics: PHY 100(4)* or 123(4)* or 203(5)*
    2. Biology: BIO 101(3) or 121(4)* or Biomedical Science: BMS 100(3) and 101(1)* or BMS 110(3) and 111(1)*
    3. College level mathematics course that meets Focus on Quantitative Literacy requirement
    4. Nine hours from the Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Focus on Humanities, Focus on the Arts, or Focus on Public Issues

      *Must complete at least one of the above science courses that have a lab component

Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Core: CSD 312(3), 321(3), 360(3), 370(3); CSD 495(2) and 496(2) or EDHH students substitute CSD 497(3); CSD 572(3); PSY 121(3), PSY 200(3)
    2. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of CSD 572(3) or CSD 497(3).

    3. Options (select one):
      1. Audiology: ENG 296(3); CSD 210(3), 216(3), 315(3), 316(3), 318(3), 362(3), 380(3), 388(3), 400(3), 562(3)
      2. Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing: EDC 150(0), EDC 345(3); SPE 310(3); CSD 322(3), 330(3), 331(3), 380(3), 562(3). Does not prepare students for teacher certification or entry into the CSD accelerated MS. EDHH students pursuing a career as a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing should consider applying to the accelerated master's program in the spring of their junior year. Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing accelerated master's students also take the following major requirements: CSD 760(3), 762(3), 763(3), 795(3) for undergraduate and graduate credit and additional coursework to meet state of Missouri teacher certification requirements. See certification requirements below.
      3. Speech-Language Pathology: ENG 296(3), CSD 210(3), 216(3), 315(3), 316(3), 318(3), 362(3), 388(3), 400(3), 417(3), 482(3), 522(3)
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Note: CSD majors may not take any CSD course on a Pass/Not Pass basis. Additionally, courses in the CSD major may not be taken more than twice.

Certification Requirements for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Emphasis

Contact your advisor or the Department Head for the requirements and coursework necessary to meet state and national certification requirements. Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students must take certain coursework through the Teacher Education Program and are required to collect and assemble materials for completion of a teaching portfolio. In order to be recommended for state certification, each student must:

  1. Be admitted to the Teacher Education Program - see Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements section of catalog
  2. Successfully complete all Practicum requirements with a grade of "B" or better.
  3. Successfully complete the graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing emphasis.
  4. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessment.
  5. Complete all state certification requirements in effect at the time a recommendation is made.

Accelerated Master's Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This option provides an opportunity for Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders to begin graduate coursework during the senior year, and complete the graduate degree program in three graduate semesters. Students should consider applying to the accelerated master's degree program in the spring of their junior year. If accepted, a maximum of 12 hours of graduate-level coursework may count toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degree (Mixed Credit).

Entrance requirements 

To be eligible to apply for admission to this program, the student must:

  1. have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better;
  2. have completed general education requirements;
  3. have completed the following courses: EDC 150(0), EDC 350(3), SPE 310(3), CSD 312(3), CSD 321(3), CSD 330(3), and CSD 360(3) prior to applying to graduate school in the spring of their junior year; and
  4. strong letters of recommendations. 

After successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in CSD requirements, all students in the accelerated master’s program will receive the BS and will be granted full admission to the graduate college.

Please see admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog under Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines. 

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.