Communication Sciences and Disorders


CSDO Program Mission

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is to prepare knowledgeable professionals committed to meeting the communicative needs of persons with varied communication disorders, thereby improving their quality of life. To meet this mission, the Program emphasizes the importance of scientific study, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles, the responsibility to educate the public about communicative disorders, and the importance of continued professional development throughout one's career.

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a minimum of 120-121 hours, 36 from CSDO classes. An additional 18 hours are for a Psychology minor. Students must also meet the general education requirements, communication skill requirements, residence and other degree requirements that are specified in the Texas A&M University-Kingsville catalog. In addition, an overall GPA of 2.75 is the required minimum for CSDO undergraduate majors. We also require that by the completion of the first four core major classes, a B average (CSDO 3.0 GPA) be maintained. Students should note course pre-requisites. 

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a full-time day program with 3 terms of full-time course work (Fall, Spring, and Summer) followed by 2 terms (Fall and Spring) of full-time externship practicum. The academic hours total 42, plus 12 credit hours of clinic (intern and extern), and a minimum of 3 credit hours of research*, for a program total of 57 hours. *Students have the option of a 3-credit Master’s project (CSDO 5305, which is an individually faculty mentored project) and a choice of topics in CSDO 5312 Contemporary Issues; or a 6 credit- 2 term CSDO 5306 Master’s thesis (requiring an advisor and 2 additional committee members). During Externship terms, students take one online course, which permits them to be off campus if desired.