Admission Requirements

To begin course work in communication sciences and disorders, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

Declaring your major

You can officially declare or change your major as communication sciences and disorders by visiting the Academic Advising and Transfer Center located in University Hall, Room 109. For more information, contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center at 417-836-5258.

Communication Sciences and Disorders (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

  1. Attainment of at least a 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale). For students with transfer credit, a combined GPA of at least a 3.00 must be achieved for all transfer coursework plus all coursework attempted at Missouri State.
  2. Completion of at least 50 semester hours including the following General Education courses with grades of "C" or better. Select from the courses below to be eligible for consideration for admission to the major. Students pursuing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree have different requirements than other students. Contact your advisor to determine eligibility to pursue the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree. Course options were selected to fulfill Knowledge and Skills in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Contact your advisor to determine any available course substitutions.
    1. Chemistry and/or Physics*
      1. Students pursuing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree must complete a chemistry course and a physics course selected from CHM 116(4) and 117(1) or CHM 160(4) and 161(1); and PHY 100(4) or PHY 123(4) or PHY 203(5).
      2. All other students select one course from CHM 107(3), CHM 116(4), PHY 100(4), PHY 203(5). Higher level CHM or PHY courses may be considered.
    2. Biology*
      1. Students pursuing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree must complete BIO 121(4) or BMS 110(3) and 111(1).
      2. All other students select one course from BIO 101(3), BIO 121(4), or BMS 100(3) and 101(1) or BMS 110(3) and 111(1). Higher level BIO courses may be considered.
    3. College level mathematics course
      1. Students in the SLP or Audiology option (both accelerated and traditional) must select from MTH 138, 261, or 287. Higher level MTH courses may be considered.
      2. Students in the EDHH option may select any course that meets the General Education Focus on Quantitative Literacy requirement.
    4. Complete the Knowledge of Human Cultures section of the General Education Program (12 hours).

      *For students pursuing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree, at least two of the three required science courses must include a laboratory component. For all other students, at least one of the science courses must include a laboratory component.

Major requirements (48-55)

Within the General Education Knowledge of the Natural World requirement, students pursing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree must complete a biology course, a chemistry course, and a physics course as described in the Admission section. Two of the three courses must include a laboratory component.

All other students must complete a biology course and a chemistry or physics course as described in the Admission section. One of the courses must include a laboratory component.

In addition, all students must complete a statistics course.

This major does not require completion of a minor. Students should consult with their advisor to determine which program option is best for them.

Major core (30-31 hours):
  1. CSD 312(3), 321(3), 360(3), 370(3); CSD 380(3) or SLP students substitute 388(3); CSD 400(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).
Complete one the following options:
Audiology option (20 hours):
  1. ENG 296(3) or CSD 209(3); CSD 210(2), 315(3), 318(3), 319(3), 522(3), 562(3).
  2. For students pursuing the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree, CSD 496(2) will be repeated for a total of 4 hours. Additionally, ENG 296 and CSD 318 will be waived; CSD 807(3), 849(3), 852(3), and 878(3) will be taken as mixed credit; and CSD 868(3) and 895(1) will be taken as senior permission. Students wishing to pursue the accelerated Doctor of Audiology degree must apply to the program in the spring of the junior year.
Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing option (18 hours):
  1. EDC 345(3); SPE 310(3); CSD 322(3), 330(3), 331(3), 562(3).
  2. This option does not prepare students for teacher certification or entry into the accelerated master's program. EDHH students pursuing a career as a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing should apply to the accelerated master's program in the spring of their junior year. Students admitted to the accelerated program take the following courses for undergraduate and graduate credit (mixed credit): CSD 760(3), 762(3), 763(3), 795(3). See certification requirements below for more information.
Speech-Language Pathology option (26 hours):
  1. CSD 209(3), 210(2), 315(3), 316(3), 318(3), 319(3), 417(3), 482(3), 522(3).
GPA and grade requirements:
  1. All students must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in the CSD major to graduate from the program.
  2. CSD courses cannot be taken on a Pass/Not basis.
  3. Courses in the major cannot be taken more than twice.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Certification Requirements for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contact advisor or department head for the requirements and coursework required to meet state and national certification requirements. Students must complete specific coursework through Teacher Education and meet the following requirements to be recommended for state certification.

  1. Successfully complete all practicum requirements with a grade of "B" or better.
  2. Successfully complete the graduate degree in Special Education with option in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MSEd).
  3. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessments.
  4. Complete all state certification requirements in effect at the time a recommendation is made.