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Post Bachelor's Leveling Program - Communication Sciences & Disorders

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The post bachelor’s leveling program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) is designed to give individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline a path to earning a graduate degree in 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 Master of Science in CSD program.

With no prior background  in communication sciences and disorders, you can earn a master’s degree in CSD in as little as three years – one year of leveling coursework and two years of full-time graduate coursework.

Leveling Coursework

  • Language Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Transcription Phonetics
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Neural Bases of Communication
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Clinical Management: Pediatrics
  • Clinical Management: Adults
  • Clinical Observation

Students are required to have completed undergraduate courses in biological science (such as biology), physical science (such as physics or chemistry), behavioral science and statistics. If you are missing one or more of these courses, you can complete them concurrently with the post-bachelor’s leveling program, or prior to graduation from the master’s program. 

Leveling Program Facts

  • No prior CSD education required.
  • Typically one year of leveling coursework.
  • Provisional admittance to the CSD graduate program upon acceptance.

About the Master of Science in CSD

Once leveling coursework is complete, students begin their graduate studies in CSD. By incorporating learning in and out of the classroom, the CSD graduate program will prepare students to offer speech-language services in a variety of facilities and settings. Through community-based clinical practicum experiences, service-learning opportunities and a curriculum emphasizing ethics, you will become a well-rounded clinician with a true passion for helping others.

Questions about the leveling program may be directed to