Marshall University

Department of Communication Disorders


Upon completion of the first five courses in the CD program (CD 101, 228, 229, 239, 241), students are required to gain permission to register for upper-level CD courses.  Prior to applying, students are permitted one attempt in each of the first five courses. Should a student receive a D/F, the course must be retaken. As students prepare for this preprofessional degree, the CD GPA is calculated based on all CD course attempts. Students who are not granted permission to continue in the upper-level CD courses may retake any of the first five courses and reapply. Applications are due prior to November 30th or April 30th following completion of the first five courses listed.   Kelly Young is the undergraduate advising coordinator; she may be reached at


Category A:

Students who meet all of the requirements below are guaranteed permission to continue in the program.

  1. A grade of C or better in CD 101, 241, 228, 229, and 239
  2. Must meet all the following GPA criteria:
    1. 0 or higher overall GPA
    2. 0 or higher MU GPA
    3. 0 or higher CD GPA
  3. Faculty Approval

Category B:

These applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis as space is available; however, permission to continue in the program is not guaranteed.

  1. A grade of C or better in CD 101, 241, 228, 229, and 239
  2. Must meet all the following criteria:
    1. 5 – 2.99 overall GPA
    2. 5 – 2.99 MU GPA
    3. 5 – 2.99 CD GPA
  3. Faculty Approval

Once permitted to continue to the upper-level CD courses, students must maintain the minimum requirements of a 2.5 GPA (which includes the following three categories: (a) 2.5 overall, (b) 2.5 MU, and (c) a grade of C or better in all CD courses.)  Students may not repeat CD courses for the purpose of raising their GPA to maintain eligibility in the program.  Students who receive below a C in any CD course, are required to retake the course to fulfill graduation requirements.

Continuing students must complete the remaining degree requirements (academic coursework and clinical assignments) leading to a B.S. in Communication Disorders, a pre-professional degree.  Students who apply for and/or accept clinical assignments are expected to fulfill the responsibilities of these assignments for the full semester.  Students should consult the department chair, their academic advisor, and the clinic handbook regarding all academic and clinical requirements and standards specific to the program.


In addition to Core I, Core II, and university requirements, the department also requires specific courses for graduation. In order for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders they must maintain a GPA (MU and overall) of 2.5 and earn a C or better in all CD courses.  In addition,  a C or better must be achieved in the following additional CD requirements:

  • Biology course
  • Chemistry or Physics Course with the corresponding lab
  • CISP 421
  • EDF 201
  • Statistics Course
  • Humanities Course (in addition to the Core II Humanities requirement)
  • Psychology 311
  • Social Sciences (12 hours total)
  • Foreign Language (9 hours total; can include CD 461-3 hours)

(Some courses will fulfill more than one requirement. Please consult Degree Works and your advisor for specific course examples.)

Policies from the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) have been considered in the development of the MUCD Undergraduate Academic Policy. For more information, please access the link below.

Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards (

Program/Degree Requirements

In addition to the University General Requirements, the Communication Disorders department also requires specific, specialized courses for graduation.  A grade of C or better must be obtained for all required courses and a 2.5 overall GPA to meet graduation requirements.