Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Welcome to The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The clinical Master's Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Professional Doctorate in Audiology are both accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The University of Utah is located on the western edge of the magnificent Wasatch Mountains, in vibrant Salt Lake City. Our department has approximately 20 faculty members including clinical supervisory staff, and approximately 250 students at various levels of academic training. Our departmental curricula are complemented by close interdisciplinary relationships with other University of Utah departments and numerous off-campus clinical sites.   

The Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty are world class and they teach and conduct research in a wide variety of areas in speech-language pathology and audiology. We were recently ranked the sixth best speech and hearing science program in the nation by Academic Analytics. Academic Analytics assesses the scholarly productivity of faculty using their book and journal publications, journal article citations, federally-funded research grants, and other awards.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Speech and Hearing Science, the Master of Science (MS) degree in Speech and Language Pathology, the Professional Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Our AuD degree is approved for the Western Regional Graduate Program. This means if you are a resident of any one of 15 western states, you may enroll in the AuD at the University of Utah at resident tutition rates. For more information see the WRGP website or contact us.

Our B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Science is the preparatory degree for our M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology and our Au.D. degree in Audiology. A Masters degree is the minimum degree required to be able to practice as a licensed Speech & Language Pathologist in the United States. The Au.D. is the minimum degree required to practice as a licensed Audiologist. Our Ph.D. program is designed for training outstanding research scientists in the fields of communication disorders and speech and hearing sciences.