Bachelor of Health Science
The undergraduate program in Communication Science and Disorders, which leads to a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree, fully prepares each student for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Note: A master’s degree is required for professional practice in speech-language pathology and a professional doctorate is required for professional practice in audiology.
The BHS can be approached either as a liberal arts and science degree for students whose goals do not include clinical practice, or as a pre-professional degree for those students who plan to pursue a clinical masters or doctoral degree. Students may major in CSD and take limited CSD coursework during their freshman and sophomore years at MU, but do not officially enter the BHS degree program until their junior year following application and admission to the program. In addition to the general education requirements established by the University of Missouri, CSD majors must complete a minimum of 42 hours of coursework in Communication Science and Disorders (plus elective courses to bring total credit hours to 120).
The BHS in CSD is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the scientific bases of speech, language, and hearing; the different types of communication disorders; and the various kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic methods utilized by speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Undergraduate students in the CSD department at MU benefit from:
- A low student-faculty ratio: Faculty in the CSD department are easily accessible and they encourage student questions and interaction outside of the classroom.
- A well-established student organization: MU’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association benefits from strong membership, providing opportunities for leadership and professional development.
- Practical, hands-on experience: Seniors may serve as student clinicians in the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool and/or the Accent Modification and Pronunciation Program. Undergraduates in general may participate in research labs maintained by the CSD faculty.
- Success in graduate school: Graduates of our BHS program are well-prepared for graduate studies and enjoy high acceptance rates at top universities across the nation.
- Students seeking admission to the BHS Program in Communication Science and Disorders must be admitted to the University and should enroll in the School of Health Professions.
- Applications should be submitted by February 1 of the student’s sophomore year, or of the year the student intends to begin study in CSD (if later).
Applicants will be notified of their admission status (accepted; not accepted; or decision deferred until Spring Semester grades are available) by email by March 1. Applications may also be submitted between February 1 and May 1, and will be considered if all available positions have not been filled in the first round of admissions.
- Applicants must have completed at least 42 semester credit hours of college coursework before applying. Students who are admitted must have completed at least 60 semester credit hours of coursework before beginning the junior- level coursework in the program.
- To be considered for admission to the BHS program, an applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.75 on a four-point scale and the applicant’s composite ACT score must be 22 or higher.
However, meeting these minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the Program. Admission to the BHS program has become more competitive over the years. More recently, successful applicants have had GPAs above 3.20 on a four-point scale. A student may retake the ACT, if the minimum score has not been met. Applications are not accepted from students who have yet to meet those minimums. No exceptions are made.