Speech pathologists and audiologists evaluate the communication skills of people with speech, language, and hearing disorders, and develop and implement appropriate treatment plans. Clinical practitioners may work in school settings, hospitals, community clinics, rehabilitation facilities, or in private practice.

An undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science prepares students to pursue the graduate study necessary to obtain professional clinical certification in speech pathology or audiology.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa has long been a leader in the professional education of speech pathologists and audiologists. It was the first university to undertake a systematic program of teaching and research in this field and one of the first two universities to award a degree based on a curriculum in speech-language pathology.

All of the professional programs in Iowa's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in speech and hearing science prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in this field, which the department also offers. A master's degree is the minimum requirement for professional qualification as a speech pathologist, while a doctorate of audiology is required for professional qualification as an audiologist.

Iowa's graduate programs in speech pathology and audiology are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the United States by U.S.News & World Report.

Course Work

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in speech and hearing sciences provides the foundation education students need to pursue the advanced degrees necessary for professional certification in speech pathology or audiology.

In addition to classes in biology, chemistry, education, linguistics, mathematics, psychology, physics, and statistics, the curriculum includes courses in:

  • Speech and hearing processes and disorders
  • Theory and applications in phonetics
  • Acoustics for speech and hearing
  • Anatomy and physiology of speech production
  • Hearing science
  • Hearing loss and audiometry
  • Basic neuroscience for speech and hearing
  • Psychology of language
  • Language acquisition
  • Developmental speech and language disorders
  • Rehabilitative Audiology

See Communication Sciences and Disorders in the UI General Catalog for more information about the major and graduating with honors.

Minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders

See Communication Sciences & Disorders in the UI General Catalog for more information.

Admission Requirements

Students in this program need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 600 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

About 240 students in speech and hearing science at Iowa study with faculty members who dedicate themselves to teaching and conducting exciting, innovative research. Several faculty members have National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants and collaborate with other researchers on campus and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Visit the department's website for more information about university services affiliated with this program.


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

The speech and hearing science program at Iowa provides excellent preparation for a career as a speech pathologist or audiologist. There continues to be a strong demand for professionals in these fields, and both speech pathology and audiology are consistently ranked highly in “best job” surveys.

Advanced degree holders may work in an academic setting as a teacher and/or researcher in the field of communication sciences and disorders.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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