Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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— Andrea Williamson, Maryville Grad

Change lives — one word at a time.

Communication is essential for human connection. It fuels conversation, prompts interaction, and sets the foundation for strong relationships. And yet, the ability to communicate doesn’t always come easy. For many, it may not even come at all. But you can change that.

Learn to hear what isn’t said. Earn your bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders online with Maryville University. Develop the specialized skills in speech science, language development, and audiology you need to break through communication barriers. And prepare to take a critical step forward on your path to a master’s degree in the field.

This is your moment. Your chance to help someone find their voice and make meaningful connections — perhaps for the first time. And we can help you do it. Let’s be brave together.

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Prepare for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Apply with no application fee or entrance exams.

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Explore financial aid and eligible transfer credit options.

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Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits needed.

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

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Become eligible to apply for a state SLP-A license.

Why earn your bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders online?

Communication-based impairments in the United States are far more common than you think. In fact, an estimated 40 million Americans struggle with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.* The numbers speak volumes: Expertise in communication sciences is needed now more than ever.

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). Whatever path you choose, we’re here to make sure you gain the specialized knowledge and clinical skills to help patients of all ages develop, or regain, the ability to communicate.

When you pursue an online bachelor’s degree from Maryville, you earn a highly respected credential from a private, four-year institution that’s ranked as one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

More importantly, we designed our online bachelor’s programs to work around your schedule so you can change your life — without disrupting it.

*American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “Identify the Signs”

Flexible, affordable, and highly personalized.


Study on your schedule. Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.


Benefit from streamlined admissions. Apply with no application fee or entrance exams, and choose from three start dates.


Get the support you need. Apply to be considered for financial aid and get transfer credits for eligible courses.


Professional and practical. Complete clinical observation experiences and test your skills with virtual patients using innovative programs such as Simucase.


Learn from industry leaders. Discuss your goals with our dedicated faculty, who help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.

What can you do with an online bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders?

Your bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders is the first step toward communication science expertise — but it’s not the only step. While an online degree from Maryville University can qualify you for work as an assistant in various healthcare systems, it’s ultimately designed to prepare you for a master’s degree in the field.

Once you earn your master’s in communication sciences and disorders, your options expand. All you have to do is set the goal — and we’ll help you reach it.

You can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals and health clinics
  • Schools and childcare settings
  • Early intervention centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled-nursing centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Research centers
  • Private practices
  • Communications-based corporations

Career paths in communication sciences and disorders

Your career opportunities with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders will vary depending on the path you choose to take. As a program graduate, you’re positioned for growth in two primary areas:

Graduate school.
Pursue a master’s in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Future employment.
Work as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA).

Ultimately, with a master’s degree in the field you can:

  • Qualify to sit for the national examination (Praxis)
  • Complete your clinical fellowship year (CFY) and obtain your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP or CCC-A)
  • Apply for state licensure

This can position you for careers like:

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

What’s the market outlook for a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders?

High growth potential

While salaries vary depending on factors like setting, experience, and which field you pursue, employees in the communication sciences industry report higher-than-average salaries in careers like speech-language pathology assistant ($39,115),* speech-language pathologist ($59,423),* and audiologist ($75,920).**

Additionally, with the right blend of education and experience in SLP, you can ultimately qualify for roles like speech-language pathology director — where average salaries can range between $79,000 and $110,000.†

Rising industry demand

Demand for professionals with expertise in language disorders is on the rise. One reason is the country’s aging population. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of people 65 and older will reach 98.2 million by 2060, and increased age can mean more hearing and speech issues. Additionally, advancements in technology and patient care have improved early detection of hearing and speech disorders — especially in infants and children.

It’s easy to see why jobs in speech, hearing, and language development are projected to grow between 2016 to 2026, including for speech-language pathologists (18%) and audiologists (21%).**

Diverse career paths

The field of communication sciences and disorders is extremely interdisciplinary in nature. It demands that you have a broad-based understanding of everything from anatomy and physiology to psychology and special education. It’s this expanse of knowledge that can give you the flexibility to move between multiple areas of focus — and even across workplace settings. Combine that level of freedom with specialized education, and your job opportunities can expand significantly.

It’s a career path with incredible potential — and this is your chance to make a lasting impact in the lives of others.

*Salaries based on data compiled by PayScale.com.
**Salary and growth data based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
†National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Statistics on Voice, Speech, and Language” (2016).

Why choose Maryville University’s online communications sciences and disorders degree?

We’re here to help you evolve and grow as a communication sciences and disorders professional — and bring your career goals within reach. It’s the reason we put the focus on clinical experience, case-based learning, and real-world application.

Go beyond the books. Learn by doing.

As one of our online communication sciences and disorders students, you’ll complete clinical observations and have the opportunity to assist a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.  You’ll also have the chance to test your clinical abilities using an innovative technology called Simucase (simulated case-study). It’s an online program that allows you to assess speech and language disorders with virtual patients presented through avatars or videos.

Put our reputation to work.

Maryville University has been empowering brave students like you since 1872. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics and affordability, because it demonstrates our commitment to excellence and accessibility. Choose Maryville and know you’ll receive an education held to the highest possible standards — especially when it comes to speech-language pathology.

Faculty Spotlight

Renee Schuster

Renee Schuster, EdD

Program Director and Assistant Professor, Speech Language Pathology and Communication Sciences and Disorders

How do you become an expert in communication disorders? Learn from one.

When you earn your online bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders from Maryville, you’ll learn from award-winning educators and experienced speech-language pathologists such as Professor Renee Schuster. She knows what it takes to make an impact as a language and communications professional. And this is your chance to learn from her.

Professor Schuster has nearly 30 years of experience in speech pathology and educational leadership. She’s held a variety of high-level roles in public school districts, including speech-language pathologist, resource-language teacher, principal, director of research and development, and superintendent.

Learn from her experience — and build your own.

As a seasoned speech-language pathologist and leader, Professor Schuster’s expertise spans communication sciences and disorders, language and literacy for SLP, literacy coaching, assessment, action research, educational leadership, and professional development. With her instruction — and the support of your faculty mentors — you can gain the knowledge and confidence to move forward in the field of communication sciences and disorders. And we’ll be with you every step of the way. Let’s be brave together.

Online bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders curriculum

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.