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Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Kansas City, MO, United States
Rockhurst University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders degree is a pre-professional speech language pathology undergraduate program that prepares you to serve children and adults with a broad range of communication disorders. 
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With a foundation in Jesuit, liberal arts education, our communication science program emphasizes an ethical and culturally sensitive approach to its speech therapy curriculum. 

At the Rockhurst University, our Communication Sciences and Disorders degree consists of 56 credit hours and includes courses in human communication disorders, culture and diversity, and speech and hearing science.

It is an excellent option for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree to become a speech pathologist, or further specialize their communication science expertise with a graduate degree in audiology or occupational therapy. The University also offers a communication sciences and disorders minor.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduates who earn a communication sciences and disorders degree from RU will be able to:

  • Understand normal human communication and swallowing processes
  • Identify and describe the etiologies and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural sensitivity as it relates to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders
  • Apply effective oral and written communication skills in all academic settings

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Culture and Diversity in CSD
  • Human Communication Disorders
  • Language Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Transcription Phonetics
  • Neural Bases of Communication

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Complete an online application for admission
  • Counselor's written recommendation
  • ACT or SAT test score
  • English proficiency: TOEFL - Internet based minimum score of 80
  • Provide an Official Statement of Finances directly from a bank or financial institution
  • Official high school academic credentials, translated into English if necessary
  • International students/scholars will be able to waive the mandatory student health insurance as long as their policy meets the criteria below, or they may enroll in Rockhurst's policy

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18900 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18900 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kansas City

  • 980 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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