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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Communication Sciences and Disorders


This undergraduate major prepares students for admission into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech and language as well as cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Audiologists identify hearing and balance disorders, provide rehabilitative services, assess amplification devices, and instruct patients in their care. They also consult with industry and the government regarding noise and hearing conservation. Speech and hearing scientists conduct research seeking to improve our understanding of speech, language, and hearing so as to improve the quality of services provided to those with communication impairments.


Undergraduate programs in communication sciences and disorders are not accredited. Graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Grand Valley's master's program in speech-language pathology was accredited in July 2013.


Students typically apply for admission the second semester of the sophomore year. Prerequisites include a 3.0 GPA, application form, and official transcript(s) from all non-GVSU colleges/universities attended. Application forms can be found on the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) website. All completed materials must be sent directly to the CSD department. Admitted students begin the emphasis in the fall semester. The emphasis must be completed over a minimum of two academic years.

Program Requirements

The following program is available:

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