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Communication Sciences and Disorders B.A.Sc

Program Type: 
Bachelor of Applied Science
Communication Sciences and Disorders

If you are passionate about helping people with communication disorders, consider the Communication Sciences and Disorders B.A.Sc. Graduates go on to pursue audiology, speech therapy, and other human services professions. You'll take courses that cover assistive technology, child language disorders and stuttering. Undergraduate and graduate students also learn from clinical education experiences and internships. Under the guidance of clinical instructors, you can experience real world applications in the Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing clinic on the UMD campus.

  • Pre-professional undergraduate program prepares students for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the hearing impaired.
  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in research and gain valuable knowledge in research and peer collaboration.
  • Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic located on campus as a teaching facility for graduate students.
  • Graduate program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Career Possibilities

While a bachelor's degree can open many doors for alumni, a CSD graduate will be prepared to continue on to graduate programs in:

  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Audiology
  • Psychology
  • Special Education
  • and more

Graduates are also prepared for entering the working work as a paraprofessional, early childhood language facilitator, and health advisor to name a few.

Admissions and Scholarships

Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit our scholarship webpage (

Communication Sciences & Disorders students have the ability to apply for five scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 each.

Student Clubs

Faculty Highlights

The CSD program is well recognized for the close faculty-student interaction and mentoring relationships. Faculty serve as mentors for students, culminating in collaborative research projects and clinical service internships and externships. Faculty also provide a wide range of specialties including: aphasia, augmentative and alternative communication, stuttering, voice, language development and disorders, articulation, phonology, phonetics, and audiology.


Freshman and transfer students are admitted to UMD as Pre-Communication Sciences & Disorders students. Students who have completed the lower division requirements and obtain a 3.00 cumulative GPA (including transfer work) are moved to the full CSD major and allowed to take upper level courses.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions and graduate programs Communication Sciences & Disorders grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

  • Youth Specialist - AmeriCorps, YMCA, Duluth Area Family, Duluth, MN
  • Admissions Counselor - University of Minnesota Duluth, Office of Admissions, Duluth, MN

  • Graduate School, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Graduate School, Speech-Language Pathology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate School, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

For more data see the Communication Sciences & Disorders Graduate Follow-Up Report.

For ideas about Communication Sciences & Disorders and other majors visit Career & Internship Services