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Explore human communication through speech, language, hearing, and their related disorders with a BSEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This undergraduate program provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue the advanced degrees required to work as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or other private practitioner.

Admittance to this high-demand major is limited. Apply by the January before your junior year.


  1. High-demand major, with applications due in January for the following fall
  2. Follows a cohort model, in which groups of students progress together
  3. Most graduates continue on to master's or doctoral studies


This undergraduate program teaches the foundations of human speech, language, hearing, and the disorders related to them. While some graduates go directly into the workforce, this program is best suited for those who want to pursue further studies to become certified or licensed as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or other professional practitioner.

You will take 33 hours of courses related to the major in your junior and senior years, primarily taught by permanent faculty members in the department. Coursework includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and hearing
  • Speech and language development and disorders
  • Hearing science and aural rehabilitation
  • Autism and social communication disorders

Students in this program must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.75 throughout the program. If the GPA drops below 2.75, the student will not be allowed to take further communication sciences and disorders courses until the GPA is raised to a 2.75. A grade of C or better is required for all communication sciences and disorders major courses and SPED 2000. This requirement may preclude taking further courses in a prerequisite sequence.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the BSEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility requirements for the BSEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders are outlined in the UGA Bulletin. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements may apply and may be considered on a case-by-case basis, at the faculty's discretion, after all students who meet the criteria have been considered, providing space is available.

Application Deadline Third Friday in January to be considered for the fall cohort (starting in August). The Program Application opens on January 1.

Application Requirements

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Admissions committee will evaluate all applications with respect to:

  1. GPA. A minimum GPA of 3.20 or higher.
  2. Performance in the following courses or their equivalent:
    • ENGL 1101
    • ENGL 1102
    • MATH 1101 (or other core math)
    • BIOL 1103/1103L
  3. Quality of Application Essay.

In the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Application, students should submit the following:

  1. Transfers students only: PDF copy of unofficial transcripts.
  2. Essay (12 point, single-spaced) of no more than 500 words responding to the following prompt:
    • How has social media impacted the scientific practice of communication disorders?

Applications are now open. Applications are due by midnight of January 17.

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Deadline to Apply

Third Friday in January

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Held primarily in the same building as the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education and the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic, our centralized classes provide plenty of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to interact and work together.

You will take most of your classes with your fellow students as a cohort. By progressing through the program together, you will support and learn from each other and develop lasting relationships.

Extend your interest in speech and hearing by volunteering as a "reading buddy" to local schoolchildren, distributing earplugs and pamphlets at Athens' famous music festivals, or joining the campus chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Faculty and Staff

Sandie Bass-Ringdahl

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Jennifer A. Brown

  • Associate Professor

Liang Chen

  • Associate Professor

Patrick Finn

  • Professor

Alisa Norris Fountain

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Speech-language Pathology Clinic Coordinator

Holly S. Kaplan

  • Clinical Professor

Hannah Krimm

  • Assistant Professor

Anne K. Marcotte

  • Professor and CMSD Program Director

Rebecca Shisler Marshall

  • Associate Professor

Alison Morrison

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Katy H. O'Brien

  • Assistant Professor

Terry Jean (T.J.) Ragan

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Director

Carol Ann Raymond

  • Clinical Professor

Nina Santus

  • Clinical Assistant Professor