Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Find their voice, find your future.

Combine science with hands-on experience for a flexible, rewarding career.

The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is actively engaged in research and scholarship, innovative in its teaching and clinical education, and is strongly committed to its advocacy and community outreach efforts. We prepare students for exciting professions which improve the lives of persons or family members who have communication disorders.

Students enrolled in courses within the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders have the opportunity to participate in research, provision of clinical services, study abroad experiences related to the profession, and student organizations focused on increasing awareness and resources for those with communication disorders.

Overall, we offer:

Who we are.

We are professionals, such as speech-language pathologists and audiologists, who assess and treat individuals with speech, language, or hearing disorders across the lifespan to improve participation in daily activities.

We are driven by our mission to enrich the lives of the people of West Virginia and the region by (1) educating ethical, responsible and knowledgeable professionals who value compassion, acceptance and interprofessional collaboration, (2) providing excellent evidence-based clinical services and (3) expanding accessibility to such services.


  • 100%
    Praxis pass rate for speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • In-Demand Careers
    By 2030, jobs in speech-language pathology and audiology are predicted to grow by 29% and 16%, respectively.

What you'll do.

You will enjoy opportunities to practice in settings that match your career goals and how they fit your vision of work-life balance: 

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Special-treatment centers
  • Private practice
  • Schools

Those that hold advanced degrees can expect to make a salary in the $75,000+ range, with a career growth rate faster than the national average. 

With career flexibility, you can work and live almost anywhere. 

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The Master of Science (M.S.) in speech-language pathology {residential, distance education} and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) {residential} at West Virginia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.