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Communication Disorders, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Help people find their voice through the Communication Disorders program of Emerson College. With this degree, graduates can enable people to adapt to life after injury, help children overcome learning disabilities, teach seniors to speak after a stroke, and train adults to do a job no one thought they could do.
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About the Program

The possibilities are endless—but the outcome is the same: Our graduates have the ability to improve lives.

If you choose this major, your academic experiences will be exciting and varied: You will study typical and impaired speech, language, and hearing among children and adults, both in structure and function. You will take courses in psychology, American Sign Language, statistics, and science to provide a broad perspective on the social and scientific dimensions of communication. And you will have the unique opportunity to master your skills by working and observing sessions in Emerson’s on-campus clinic for both children and adults, the Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center—or by interning for credit at one of many schools, hospitals, or clinics right in the Boston area (and beyond).

The Communication Disorders program of Emerson College can prepare you for a paraprofessional role in audiology and speech pathology. Or it may steer you toward graduate study in audiology, speech-language pathology, education, or psychology. You will graduate from the program ready for a meaningful and rewarding career, no matter which path you choose.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • American Sign Language 
  • Communication Disorders: Diversity and Differences
  • Language Acquisition
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology
  • Survey of Speech Disorders

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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