No matter where you are in your studies — wrapping up high school or completing a master’s degree — the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology has a place for you. Studies here will lead you down a path toward a career as a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist.

Begin with a bachelor’s degree. You may choose the speech-language pathology and audiology major, which offers a broad study of human communication and various disorders of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. It’s a logical step toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, which you’ll need to practice in this field, or you may choose this bachelor’s degree on your way to pursuing a doctorate in audiology.

If your interests are more focused on audiology and less on speech-language pathology, you may prefer to major in pre-audiology, designed specifically as a building block for further clinical audiology studies, such as a doctoral degree.

If your goal is to become a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist, check our master’s degree program. It delivers the knowledge and practical experience you’ll need to succeed in the field, including the academic and practicum requirements necessary for Indiana state licensure as well as the certificate of clinical competence awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Our doctoral program in audiology paves your way toward becoming an audiologist to help those having issues with hearing or balance. The program features a broad curriculum in audiology and related sciences, extensive clinical experience, and the necessary background for pursuing the required licensure and certification. You can begin this program with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Whatever level of studies you plan to pursue, you’ll find financial aid and scholarship resources available to help you pay for your education. You’ll also have the opportunity to make valuable connections and gain insights and experiences through student organizations. There are local groups for both future speech-language pathologists and students seeking to become doctors of audiology, and both offer not only academic and networking assistance but also a better glimpse into your life after Ball State.