University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Pre-Communication Science & Disorders

Program Name: Pre-Communication Science & Disorders

Program Designation: NA

Program Contact: Dr. Lauren Yaich

Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

Program Description:

For students considering a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, this undergraduate major provides the scientific foundation upon which subsequent graduate academic or clinical training is appropriately based.  

A professional career in speech-language pathology or audiology requires graduate study (a two-year master's program) in an accredited program and completion of a clinical fellowship year.

Speech-language pathology and audiology are diverse fields with many opportunities to work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, universities, research institutes, industry, and private practice, and with a variety of populations ranging from infant to elderly.

An undergraduate major in communication science is also appropriate for graduate work in the neurosciences, speech and hearing sciences, health related professions (including dentistry, medicine, and physician assistant studies) as well as graduate work in a range of education specializations, e.g. special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and early intervention.

See what you can do with a major in Pre-Communication Science & Disorders.

Students apply for admission to the communication science program in Pittsburgh after successful completion of at least 45 of the 60 required general education credits. Students may complete some of their required general education courses after they have relocated to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. There is no minimum grade requirement for each course, but students must earn a cumulative QPA of at least 2.50. The required 60 general education credits should be distributed as follows:

  • ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
  • ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
  • COLLEGE ALGEBRA II
  • Foreign Language - minimum   6 credits
  • Statistics                                  3 credits
  • Literature                                3-6 credits
  • Music or Art                           3-6 credits
  • History                                     3 credits
  • Sociology                                 3 credits
  • Psychology                               3 credits
  • Philosophy                                3 credits
  • Physical Science                       4 credits
  • Life Sciences                            4 credits
  • Non-Western Cultures              6 credits
  • Political Science                        3 credits

Additional Information:

Pitt Freshman Guarantee:

Communication Science Disorders (speech pathology/audiology) Guarantee
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • Indicate Pre-Communication Science on admissions application.
  • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1300 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Arts degree at a regional campus with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, as well as a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the core pre-requisite courses for communication science disorders.
  • Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Complete the CSD Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) process as required.
  • For information about the CSD graduate program, go to www.shrs.pitt.edu/macsd.