Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions wherein practitioners provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at West Virginia University offers a preprofessional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a professional Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology, a professional Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, and a post-professional Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our newest program, the Ph.D. is specifically designed for expert clinicians who seek a leadership role as a researcher and scholar in the discipline. Both of our professional graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Department News and Events

GRADUATE MERIT WAIVER APPLICATIONS: CSD has a limited number of tuition hour waivers available for current graduate students continuing their program of study during the Fall 2015 semester. Second-year M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology students and 2nd- and 3rd-year Au.D. students without a concurrent graduate assistantship should complete a CSD Merit Waiver Application and return it to Cheryl Ridgway by Monday, June 15 to be considered. These waivers are tied to meritorious student performance and will be awarded on a competitive basis. CSD has also announced an additional graduate service assistantship opportunity for both audiology and speech-language pathology students.

FACULTY NEWS: CSD congratulates Professor Dennis Ruscello for being named 2015’s Outstanding Teacher by the College of Education and Human Services.

FACULTY SEARCH: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology to join our faculty.

THE PROFESSIONS: recently ranked audiology #2 and speech-language pathology #11 on its list of The Best 200 Jobs of 2015!

DEPARTMENT CLINICS: For more information about the services provided in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

SPRING GRADUATION: Congratulations to our 42 Speech Pathology & Audiology majors, 32 M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology students, and 6 Doctor of Audiology students whose degrees were conferred at CEHS’s May 16, 2015 commencement ceremony. Mountaineers forever!

STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM: Congratulations to Au.D. student Madaline Parrill and Ph.D. student Mary Weidner for their award-winning research posters presented at CEHS’s recent Student Research Forum. Parrill’s poster, Gender and Ear Effects on Binaural Summation Measured with Acoustic Reflex Thresholds, developed under the mentorship of CSD Professor Vishakha Rawool, won 1st place for graduate research and for best oral presentation of a poster.

UPDATE: Beginning with the Summer 2015 semester, the subject code for all department courses will change from SPA to CSAD. Students should search for ‘CSAD’ or ‘Comm Sciences and Disorders’ in the subject field when selecting courses and registering for classes.