Undergraduate Online 1st Bachelors

What fields does this degree prepare me for?

This degree prepares students to continue in graduate programs for speech-language pathology and audiology. 

Are the listed COMD courses the only ones I need to take to receive my bachelor's degree?

No. There are university requirements and general education requirements that must also be fulfilled. See FAQ Sheet on University Requirements. (this link is broken.)

Are the requirements for the on-campus bachelor's degree in communicative disorders the same as the requirements for the online degree in communicative disorders?

No. Be sure to read the information specifically listed for the online degree to find out about requirements.

What textbooks do I need?

See the Courses and Textbooks page.

How do I decide if I should I take classes as a degree-seeking student or as a non-degree seeking student?

If you do not need a Communicative Disorders degree or do not need all 12 of our classes, then you may want to take classes as a non-degree seeking student. It is a good idea to check with your potential graduate schools to see if they require a degree or just certain leveling courses for admittance into their programs.

Is your program accredited?

Yes, our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

When can I start classes? 

Our classes run on a semester-basis. You can begin at the first of any semester (fall, spring or summer).

Can I proceed through the class at my own pace? 

You can watch the lectures at your own pace and at times that work well for you; however, there are specific due dates for tests and assignments.

Do I have to take 4 classes every semester?

No, you can proceed at your own pace and take as few as one class per semester. You can even skip a semester if needed.

Will I have to attend any classes at USU? 

No, you will never need to come to Utah as part of your online classes.

How do I transfer classes? 

You may transfer 5 credits of undergraduate COMD courses you have taken elsewhere to USU and use them to replace those same courses that are part of our program with permission from USU's COMD department. To do this, you must scan the syllabi of the courses you have completed and a transcript showing the grades you received in those courses. Then, attach the scanned documents to an email and send it to Heather Thomas at heather.thomas@usu.edu. She will contact you when a decision has been made.

Can I ask my online professors for letters of recommendation for graduate school? 

Yes. Because they have not met you personally, they will only be able to write letters based on your performance in their classes and their impressions from your resume.

Will I be eligible for financial aid? 

If you are an admitted student, then you are eligible to apply for financial aid. However, non-degree seeking students do not qualify. For more information, please contact the USU Financial Aid Office directly at 435-797-0173.

If I start as a non-degree seeking student and later decide to apply to the program, what happens to the classes I took as a non-degree seeking student? 

They automatically transfer over and apply towards your degree.

How much time should I budget for classes? 

You can plan on approximately 2 hours of study for every hour of lecture.

What if I miss the deadline to apply for admission? 

You can register to take classes as a non-degree seeking student and then apply for admission as a degree-seeking student for the following semester. Your non-degree credits will automatically transfer over and apply towards your degree once you are admitted.

Do you have an online master's degree program in speech-language pathology?

For now the answer is no. We have had MANY people ask us to use our online bachelor's degree model in developing an online graduate program. We are considering this request but do not have any definite timelines at this point.

Where do I take the exams?

Most online and printed exams are proctored. Students who live in Cache Valley should take proctored exams at the Independent and Distance Education office in Room DE 003 of the new Distance Education Building. Please call (435)797-3617 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an exam.

Students who register for online courses through USU Regional Campus may schedule exams at their respective centers and do not need to submit Exam Request forms.

Students who do not live in Cache Valley and are unable to come to campus or extension office, should complete the Request for Exam form at: http://distance.usu.edu/htm/students/requestexam (this link is broken). Please submit the Request for Exam form at least three days prior to the exam date scheduled with a proctor. This allows the Independent and Distance Education exam coordinator sufficient time to provide proctors with instructions and materials for proctoring exams. The Request for Exam form must include one of the following with whom a student has made arrangements to proctor the exam:

  • college testing personnel
  • superintendent
  • principal
  • county agent
  • military education director
  • librarian

Students in foreign countries may name an official who holds an equivalent position. Relative and co-workers are NOT eligible to proctor exams. Exams must be taken at an education institution and NOT at the proctor's residence. Students must also provide an official email address for their proctor. Exams will not be sent to a Hotmail, Yahoo, or similar email addresses.

Students need to bring a picture ID to the Exam Room. No Exam will be given without proper picture ID.

Can I have all of my three letters of recommendation written from the USU COMDDE faculty?

Generally, the maximum number of professors you can request to write you letters of recommendation from our department is two. We believe that it is helpful for the third letter to be written by someone who knows you from a different perspective such as an employer, supervisor, head of volunteer organization, etc.

Is it easy to find a job in this field and to get accepted into graduate school?

Prior to beginning their educational programs, students should contact the state(s) where they anticipate being employed to understand the potential job market and the competitiveness for positions as speech-language assistants or technicians.  Students are also advised to carefully examine graduate school entrance requirements. Seats in graduate school for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are highly competitive.

Online 2nd Bachelor’s

What fields does this degree prepare me for?

This degree prepares students to continue in graduate programs for speech-language pathology and audiology. 

What textbooks do I need?

See the Courses and Textbooks page.

How do I decide if I should I take classes as a degree-seeking student or as a non-degree seeking student?

If you do not need a Communicative Disorders degree or do not need all 12 of our classes, then you may want to take classes as a non-degree seeking student. It is a good idea to check with your potential graduate schools to see if they require a degree or just certain leveling courses for admittance into their programs.

Is your program accredited?

Yes, our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

When can I start classes? 

Our classes run on a semester-basis. You can begin at the first of any semester (fall, spring or summer).

Can I proceed through the class at my own pace? 

You can watch the lectures at your own pace and at times that work well for you; however, there are specific due dates for tests and assignments.

Do I have to take 4 classes every semester?

No, you can proceed at your own pace and take as few as one class per semester. You can even skip a semester if needed.

Will I have to attend any classes at USU? 

No, you will never need to come to Utah as part of your online classes.

Can I ask my online professors for letters of recommendation for graduate school? 

Yes. Because they have not met you personally, they will only be able to write letters based on your performance in their classes and their impressions from your resume.

Will I be eligible for financial aid? 

If you are an admitted student, then you are eligible to apply for financial aid. However, non-degree seeking students do not qualify. For more information, please contact the USU Financial Aid Office directly at 435-797-0173.

If I start as a non-degree seeking student and later decide to apply to the program, what happens to the classes I took as a non-degree seeking student? 

They automatically transfer over and apply towards your degree.

How much time should I budget for classes? 

You can plan on approximately 2 hours of study for every hour of lecture.

What if I miss the deadline to apply for admission? 

You can register to take classes as a non-degree seeking student and then apply for admission as a degree-seeking student for the following semester. Your non-degree credits will automatically transfer over and apply towards your degree once you are admitted.

Do you have an online master's degree program in speech-language pathology?

For now the answer is no. We have had MANY people ask us to use our online bachelor's degree model in developing an online graduate program. We are considering this request but do not have any definite timelines at this point.

Where do I take the exams?

Most online and printed exams are proctored. Students who live in Cache Valley should take proctored exams at the Independent and Distance Education office in Room DE 003 of the new Distance Education Building. Please call (435)797-3617 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an exam.

Students who register for online courses through USU Regional Campus may schedule exams at their respective centers and do not need to submit Exam Request forms.

Students who do not live in Cache Valley and are unable to come to campus or extension office, should complete the Request for Exam form at: http://distance.usu.edu/htm/students/requestexam (this link is broken). Please submit the Request for Exam form at least three days prior to the exam date scheduled with a proctor. This allows the Independent and Distance Education exam coordinator sufficient time to provide proctors with instructions and materials for proctoring exams. The Request for Exam form must include one of the following with whom a student has made arrangements to proctor the exam:

  • college testing personnel
  • superintendent
  • principal
  • county agent
  • military education director
  • librarian

Students in foreign countries may name an official who holds an equivalent position. Relative and co-workers are NOT eligible to proctor exams. Exams must be taken at an education institution and NOT at the proctor's residence. Students must also provide an official email address for their proctor. Exams will not be sent to a Hotmail, Yahoo, or similar email addresses.

Students need to bring a picture ID to the Exam Room. No Exam will be given without proper picture ID.

Can I have all of my three letters of recommendation written from the USU COMDDE faculty?

Generally, the maximum number of professors you can request to write you letters of recommendation from our department is two. We believe that it is helpful for the third letter to be written by someone who knows you from a different perspective such as an employer, supervisor, head of volunteer organization, etc.

How do I transfer classes? 

See Departmental Policies.

How many classes should I take per semester?

The best way to determine the number of courses you can successfully complete each semester is to look at the number of hours you have available to devote to your studies each week. Once you have that number, you can match it up with our online courses at USU.  You can plan on two hours of study for every hour of lecture you view.  So a 3-credit class would be 3 lecture hours and 6 study hours, which equals about 9 hours per week.  As an example, if you had 20 hours a week available for school, we would recommend taking 2 classes or 6 credits that semester since that would take roughly 18 hours of your time each week.

Is it easy to find a job in this field and to get accepted into graduate school?

Prior to beginning their educational programs, students should contact the state(s) where they anticipate being employed to understand the potential job market and the competitiveness for positions as speech-language assistants or technicians.  Students are also advised to carefully examine graduate school entrance requirements. Seats in graduate school for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are highly competitive.

Graduate

Will the admissions committee still review my application if I have a good GPA but did not do well on the GRE?

The admissions committee looks at all applications.  A number of qualifications, including your GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, experience, and personal attributes will be evaluated.

Can I get a master's degree on a part-time basis?

There is no part-time program.

Will the admissions committee still review my application if I have a good GPA but did not do well on the GRE? 

Additional factors are considered by the committee including attitude, results of personal interview, work ethic, clinical and scholarly achievements, professional leadership aptitude and personal integrity.

Can I get a doctoral degree on a part-time basis? 

There is no part-time program for the AuD.

Will the admissions committee still review my application if I have a good GPA but did not do well on the GRE?

Yes, the committee looks at a number of qualifications including GPA, GRE/MAT scores, letters of recommendation, and personal attributes.

Audiology

What are the prerequisites for the Master's degree?

Students pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology must have a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another accredited university.

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communicative disorders?

A student with a bachelor's degree in another field who desires to receive a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE) must obtain a 2nd bachelor's degree in COMDDE or have the equivalent junior and senior level COMDDE courses and extra-departmental courses before he/she will be considered for acceptance into the master's degree program.

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?

Students must have a 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits. Competitive GPAs are often much higher.

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?

Verbal and Quantitative scores must be in the 40th percentile or better. Competitive scores are often much higher.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is February 1.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Your letter of intent that is part of your online graduate school application should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications. Your personal statement should also reflect your best writing skills.

What are the prerequisites for the AuD program? 

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in audiology must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another ASHA-accredited program. (see Prerequisites)

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communicative disorders? 

A bachelor's degree in communicative disorders is a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Students already having a bachelor's degree in another area must complete a second bachelor's degree in communicative disorders. (See USU's post-bachelors program in communicative disorders.)

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program? 

GPA: 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits or 2nd bachelor's degree. Competitive GPAs are often much higher.

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program? 

GRE scores: Verbal and Quantitative Score in the 40th percentile or better.

What is the application deadline? 

Applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University before they are passed on to us; therefore, it is through them that you must apply. Applications must be received by February 1.

What should I include in my letter of intent? 

Your letter of intent that is part of your online graduate school application should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications.

How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships? 

Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, financial aid, work related experience, and participation in community service. Instructions for applying, as well as specific guidelines and information, will be available on the department website under funding. The application form for financial support must be submitted to the department no later than March 1 for consideration for the coming year.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision? 

Students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 20th. A ranked waiting list of alternates will be specified in addition to the numbers initially accepted. Accepted students will need to notify the department formally of their intent to enroll in April. The exact date will be specified in the acceptance letter. As space becomes available, the alternate list will be utilized for replacements. On average, 8 Audiology students will be accepted into the program.

What is the usual duration of study for the Doctor of Audiology degree in your department? 

The program is a four-year post-baccalaureate residency program. The first 3 years of study will be at Utah State University consisting of coursework and clinical internships and externships. The final year will be a full time 4th year externship experience.

What percentage of graduated students has employment upon graduation? 

100%

When are students expected to enter the program? Is it possible to begin any other time? 

Students may only enter the program in the fall.

When are students expected to enter the master's program?

Students are admitted only in the fall semester.

Deaf Education - American sign Language/ English

What are the prerequisites for the program?

Students applying for a Master's of Education degree (M.Ed) in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing must have a teaching certificate in elementary education, secondary education, early childhood education, or special education, and demonstrate competency in American Sign Language.

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than deaf education?

Yes, we accept students from other disciplines; however, additional coursework may be required.

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?

3.0

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?

Verbal and Quantitative Score in the 40th percentile or MAT score of 42.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be considered continuously for fall admission. No application will be considered until all the required information is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

What should I include in my personal statement?

It should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications.

How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships?

Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, financial aid, work-related experience, and participation in community service. Instructions for applying, as well as specific guidelines and information, will be available on the department website in December.

What is the usual duration of study at the master's level in your department?

Two years dependent upon previous coursework.

What exams are required to complete the program?

In order to earn the MEd, the student must:

  1. pass the American Sign Language exit examination,
  2. complete a creative project (Plan B)  OR pass a comprehensive written and oral examination.
  3. Pass the Elementary Education Content Praxis Exam or Secondary Subject Area Praxis.

When are students expected to enter the master's program?
Students are admitted only in the fall semester.

Deaf Education - Listening & Spoken Language

What are the prerequisites for the program?

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than deaf education?

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?

When is the application deadline?

What should I include in my personal statement?

How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships?

What is the usual duration of study at the master's level in your department?

Is there a Comprehensive Exam I must pass to be certified?

When are students expected to enter the master's program?

Speech Language Pathology

What are the prerequisites for the Master's degree?

Students pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology must have a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another accredited university.

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communicative disorders?

A student with a bachelor's degree in another field who desires to receive a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE) must obtain a 2nd bachelor's degree in COMDDE or have the equivalent junior and senior level COMDDE courses and extra-departmental courses before he/she will be considered for acceptance into the master's degree program.

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?

Students must have a 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits. Competitive GPAs are often much higher.

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?

Verbal and Quantitative scores must be in the 40th percentile or better. Competitive scores are often much higher.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is February 1.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Your letter of intent that is part of your online graduate school application should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications. Your personal statement should also reflect your best writing skills.

How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships?

Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis at the time of application. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, financial need, work-related experience, and participation in community service.  To view funding opportunities within the Speech-Language Pathology department, please see Funding.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision?

Students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 20th.

What is the usual duration of study at the master's level in your department?

Students must complete all academic coursework and clinical practica (including off-campus externships). This is generally completed in two years (five semesters).

How many of your students pass the Praxis Exam each year? 

The university has had a pass rate of 99% since 2005.

When are students expected to enter the master's program? Is it possible to begin any other time?

Students begin the master's program in the Summer Semester (June). This is the only admissions date.

Do you have a summer only or weekend only program for master's students?

There is no summer or weekend program for master's students. However, we do offer the graduate SLP Outreach program. Graduate students accepted in this program work in the public school setting during the year under the supervision of a school-based SLP and take intensive graduate courses in the evenings during the summer.

What if I am presently interested in only taking a few courses but not applying for admission to a graduate program?

USU offers online courses for the undergraduate and second-bachelor's degrees; however, the graduate courses are not available online.

What are the prerequisites for the program? 

Students pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another ASHA-accredited program. (see Prerequisites)

Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communicative disorders? 

A bachelor's degree in communicative disorders is a prerequisite for the graduate program. Students already having a bachelor's degree in another area must complete a second bachelor's degree in communicative disorders. (See USU's post-bachelors program in communicative disorders.)

What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program? 

GPA: 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits or 2nd bachelor's degree. Competitive GPAs are often much higher.

What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program? 

GRE scores: Verbal and Quantitative Score in the 40th percentile or better.

What is the application deadline? 

Applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University before they are passed on to us; therefore, it is through them that you must apply. Applications must be received by February 1.

What should I include in my letter of intent? 

Your letter of intent that is part of your online graduate school application should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications.

SLP Outreach

Is the tuition for the Outreach program the same as the on-campus Master's program?

Tuition will be the same as in the on-campus university graduate program, but other costs (lodging, food, etc.) are generally significantly less because students live in their home communities during the majority of the program. Therefore, overall educationally-related costs are typically less than in a residential on-campus graduate program. Registration is completed through the Distance Education Division at USU. Tuition amounts, instructions for registration, and tuition deadlines will be given to each accepted student prior to the beginning of each semester.

How many new Outreach students will be accepted?

In addition to accepting campus-based SLP students, COMDDE also accepts a limited number (~5) of "outreach" graduate students**.  Accepted students must be speech technicians working for rural and under-served Utah school districts who participate in most courses through USU's broadcast distance education.  Students must apply by the February 1st deadline to be considered for an "outreach" position.

**The “outreach” portion of the graduate program is supported by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).  The availability of State Office of Education funding, through federal flow through money, will not be known until approximately April.  If State Office of Education funding is not available, or is significantly reduced, there will be no outreach broadcast program and the newly accepted outreach students would be offered an on-campus space in the graduate program instead.

Do I have to be employed by a school district before I apply to the Outreach program?

No.  Accepted students may find placement in a school doing assistant or technician work in speech-language pathology once they are accepted.

Can I apply to both the Outreach master's program and the on-campus master's program at the same time?

Yes.  You may indicate in your letter of intent that you wish to apply for both programs.  Please explain which program you would prefer.  Your application will be considered first for the program that is your priority.  If you are not accepted into that program, and there are still openings in the other program, your application will then be considered for the second program.

When do Outreach students take courses?

Outreach students take courses every semester, typically for 5 or 6 consecutive semesters beginning in the summer.

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