Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSDS students practicing hearing tests on each other

Helping people overcome speech and hearing disorders is a calling, offering those called to the profession years of fulfilling service that makes a difference in the lives of others. We prepare highly qualified speech language pathologists and audiologists through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to foster lifelong learning. We will help you reach your personal career goals, while helping you develop high moral and ethical competency so that you will be of service to others in your community and throughout the world.

In these fields, a graduate degree is essential. Our entire undergraduate program is designed to give you the educational foundation and practical experience you need in preparation for the world’s leading graduate school programs.

Why Samford?+

There are a number of reasons to consider studying communication sciences and disorders. Rigorous academics, a committed, passionate faculty, and extensive hands-on clinical experiences. Here, you’ll also find:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Excellent observation opportunities in major health care facilities in metro Birmingham
  • An assigned departmental academic advisor, in addition to a health professions advisor
  • Educational and medical mission trip opportunities that fulfill service learning requirements
  • A curriculum that is updated as needed to reflect the ever-evolving trends and practices in the health care industry

Admission Requirements+

Freshman applicants – must be accepted for admission to Samford University. Students must have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT. High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, have completed four units of English, two units of math, and two units of lab sciences with a grade of C (2.0) or better

Transfer students with less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in total at other institutions must also meet the requirements of entering freshmen.

Transfer students with 24 credits or more must meet one of the following admission requirements:

Either have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all coursework and a 21 ACT OR a score of 1000 SAT within the last 5 years OR a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted.

Program Specific Requirements:  

Progression policy - In order to progress in the undergraduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the student must:

  • Have a completed College of Health Sciences Health Form and Immunization Record on file in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department
  • Submit negative results on drug screen and background check
  • Have a signed Confidentiality Agreement on file in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department 
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all coursework.  

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or

We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.

Life in the Program+

“Although I am unsure of whether I want to work with children or adults or what setting I'll end up in (a school system, hospital, rehabilitation center or private practice), I am grateful to our department's faculty for their willingness to mentor me and my classmates as we continue our studies and grow as speech-language pathologists.” 

- Sarah Grove '16

“Communication is a building block for a good quality of life. I am excited about a career in speech pathology because I have a desire to impact those with diminished communication skills. This challenge provides an excellent career choice that is rewarding and allows me to continue to learn while on the job. Additionally, Speech Pathology provides flexibility and variety of employment and a comfortable work environment.” 

- Murphy McCrary '16

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