Communication Sciences & Disorders Program Options

Undergraduate Degrees

Rockhurst University offers both a bachelors of science and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). These undergraduate programs emphasize an ethical and culturally sensitive approach to clinical practice. An undergraduate degree in CSD prepares a student for graduate work in speech-language pathology, special education, deaf education, and numerous other fields in rehabilitation. Undergraduate coursework provides a broad scientific base for the understanding of normal development of the basic human communication process and an introduction to the study of disorders of communication.

The Undergraduate Course Sequence (PDF) lists the specific courses you will complete in your undergraduate CSD program; please refer to the Rockhurst University Catalog for the complete listing of degree requirements.

Master of Science

The Master of Science program provides a solid foundation of required courses to prepare students to provide assessment and treatment of pediatric and adult clients. Students choose electives in areas of interest such as counseling, hearing loss, advanced research and a variety of other related topics.  All clinical hours are obtained in the community in sites such as hospitals, schools or clinics, so students receive real world experience.

Learn more by downloading our CSD graduate program overview (PDF) . The Graduate Course Sequence (PDF) lists the specific courses you will complete in your graduate program.

Post Bachelor’s Leveling Program

The post bachelor’s leveling program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to give individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline a path to earning a graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).

The leveling program allows admitted students to complete the necessary prerequisite coursework to begin graduate studies in speech-language pathology. Students accepted into the leveling program are provisionally admitted to the graduate program in CSD.

Applicants to the leveling program must submit a completed graduate application. Visit the announcements page for more information on how to apply to this program.

Why Study CSD at RU?

  • RU Offers Full- or Part-time Options.
    Full-time students complete the program in two years, while part-time students take about three years.
  • You'll Find a Job You Love.
    One-hundred percent of our 2013 graduates found jobs within one year of graduation.
  • You'll be Prepared to Pass the Praxis Exam.
    Feel confident knowing that 97 percent of our Class of 2014 students passed the Praxis exam on their first try.
  • We're Connected to 125+ Clinical Sites.
    You'll team up with community agencies on research and clinical service projects, fulfilling RU's mission of providing leadership in service to others.

The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at Rockhurst University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Contact Cheryl L. Hooper, Director of Graduate Admission at 816-501-4097 or