Online Bachelor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Change someone’s world — one hello at a time.

When you give someone the tools to communicate, you give them the world. Just imagine teaching a young child with autism to say hello for the first time. Consider helping an older adult learn to speak after a stroke. It’s all possible with the proper education. And that’s exactly what Maryville can provide.

Earn your bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders online and build a broad foundation in speech science, language development, and audiology. Study with us, and you can gain the skills to identify communication disorders and then create treatment plans for patients of all ages.

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Program Start Date: 01-15-24

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Careers for those with a bachelor’s in communication science and disorders include:

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Speech-language pathology director
  • Speech and hearing scientist
  • Audiologist



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Why choose our bachelor’s in communication science and disorders?

Earn your bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders online from Maryville, and you can build your foundation in speech science, language development, and audiology. From there, you can pursue a master’s degree or qualify to work as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA).

Here’s what you can expect with our program:

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Prepare for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Complete clinical-observation experiences and simulated case-study activities.

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Your online communication sciences and disorders degree can set the foundation for your career in speech pathology, audiology, and other communications-based fields. The program’s curriculum covers every aspect of the field — with courses designed to broaden your understanding of voice, speech, language fluency, swallowing, and hearing disorders.

Most importantly, the program is structured to prepare you for highly competitive master’s programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.

The program requires that you complete a total of 128 credit hours:

  • Communication sciences and disorders major courses
  • General education courses
  • General elective courses

Broaden your understanding of communication disorders.

Prepare to help patients of all ages develop or regain the ability to communicate as you take courses such as anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms, language development and disorders, advanced speech pathology, and education/psychology of exceptional children.

Advance your clinical observation and assessment skills.

Benefit from a highly specialized program that delivers the case-based learning opportunities and clinical exposure you need to prepare for graduate-level study. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to use innovative tools such as Simucase — an online simulation program that allows you to practice the assessment process with virtual patients using patented technology.

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To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which include ensuring the program meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

Accreditation and rankings

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success.

Higher Learning Commission accreditation

Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Forbe's America's Top Colleges 2019 accreditation

Ranked by Forbes among “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019

Kiplinger Best College Values 2019 accreditation

Listed among the “Best College Values 2019” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Money's Best Colleges 2020 accreditation

Ranked among Money’s “Best Colleges” 2020