Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Health Care
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides a strong pre-professional background for students interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists help to improve the quality of life for people with communication and swallowing disorders resulting from a variety of causes, such as stroke, brain injury, developmental delay, autism, and cerebral palsy.

The undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum provides knowledge in normal and disordered speech, language, swallowing, and hearing processes. Assessment and intervention learning experiences are supported by current research and evidence-based practice. Christian, Catholic, Benedictine, and professional speech-language values are embedded in our program to establish ethical, respectful, caring, and service-oriented students.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree Program Highlights

Speech-language pathologists make a life-long impact on the people they serve. At the University of Mary, you will find a collaborative, hands-on learning environment that will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to provide the greatest level of care:

  • Apply Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values that emphasize the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well as your own personal development as a caregiver.
  • Gain leadership experience outside the classroom through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Work closely with world-class faculty who bring professional experience and a real-world perspective to their classes.

The University of Mary also offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree. Many students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders bachelor’s degree program continue their education with our Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program. 

About Accreditation for Speech Pathology

The master’s program in speech-language pathology at the University of Mary is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years. For more information, please see recent CAA decisions.

Career Outlook for Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, clinics, private practice, early intervention centers, and homes. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 27% from 2018 to 2028, more than twice the national average for all occupations. This is due to factors that include a growing population of older adults, increased awareness of speech and language disorders in younger children, and medical advances that improve the survival rate of victims of trauma and stroke.

Locally, North Dakota’s rapidly growing population has increased the number of children needing speech and language therapy. This pronounced need has resulted in abundant employment opportunities in our region.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Jessica Smith, EdD, CCC-SLP

Robyn Zeltinger, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP

Javad Anjum, MBBS, PhD

Brittany Hernandez, MS, CCC-SLP

Nicole Sebastian, MS, CCC-SLP

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: