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Speech Pathology and Audiology, B.A. / B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1133 (BCR) Muncie, IN, United States
Help people overcome speech, cognitive (thinking), and swallowing disorders through the Speech Pathology and Audiology program of Ball State University.
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Overview

As a pre-professional program, this major is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a doctorate of audiology (AuD).

As a graduate, you will be well prepared to pursue further studies in order to become a speech-language pathologist, a highly in-demand career field.

What You Will Learn

The focus of the Speech Pathology and Audiology program of Ball State University is the study of human communication and its disorders. It includes disorders of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. Communication disorders can be congenital (existing at or dating from fetal development or birth) or acquired and can affect individuals of any age. In this program, you will learn about:

  • speech
  • sounds
  • speech acoustics – the production, control, transmission, reception, and effects of spoken sound
  • phonology – the science of speech sounds including the history and theory of sound changes in a language or in two or more related languages
  • anatomy – the organs, cells, and tissues related to speech, language, and hearing
  • physiology – the functions and activities of the organ, cells, and tissues related to speech, language, and hearing
  • how to work in and observe professionals in a clinic
  • psychology
  • disorders related to speech, speech development, language, language development, hearing, and balance

What Can You Do with a Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology?

Ball State’s bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology is a pre-professional program only and prepares students for graduate studies in speech pathology and audiology. Students who complete their master’s or doctoral studies in this field go on to work as speech-language pathologists (or speech therapists).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for Speech-language pathologists is much higher than the national average, and 25,900 new jobs are expected to be added between 2016 and 2026.

Speech language pathologists with a master’s degree work with people:

  • with the inability to make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly
  • with voice quality problems, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice
  • with swallowing difficulties
  • with problems understanding and producing language
  • with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering
  • who seek to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent
  • with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders
  • with hearing loss who use hearing aids or cochlear implants in order to develop auditory skills and improve communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National students can apply on a rolling basis.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    67 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linguistics Science
  • Survey of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Clinical Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Speech Acoustics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Admission criteria include the strength of your high school curriculum and your performance, curricular patterns, and if your grade trends in academic courses were positive and consistent.
  • No grade point average guarantees admission to Ball State. We look for applicants that have demonstrated above average grades.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission but scores may be used to meet our English proficiency requirement.
  • Complete the online application for undergraduate admission.
  • You must provide high school transcripts and diplomas from all institutions where you have studied in the past. They must be submitted in English or with an official translation.
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Financial Documentation
  • Register for eShipGlobal to Receive Your Admissions & Immigration Documents

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25126 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25126 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8138 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Muncie

  • 876 - 1420 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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