BS Application Requirements

The Communication Disorders (ComD) major is a limited enrollment program and 100 students are admitted to the major each year. Students interested in majoring in ComD should declare Pre-ComD as a major and will need to apply for admission to the ComD major after completing the prerequisite requirements.

How to Apply

When you have completed all four of the prerequisite courses, ComD 133, Stat 121, CELL 220 (preferred) or CELL 210, and Physics 167, you may apply to the major by completing the Applicant Questionnaire which includes two short essays. If you have any questions, please contact the ComD department office (136 TLRB, the Education Advisement Center (350 MCKB, or online.

A "pass" in an AP Stat course does not yield the letter grade which is required for evaluation of the application to the ComD major. A challenge examination from the Department of Statistics can provide the needed letter grade. The student should contact the Department of Statistics (223 TMCB) for specific information.

For those of you planning to apply for admission to the ComD bachelor’s program for the April 15, 2020 application deadline, please read the following information regarding the new BYU Grade Policy for the Winter 2020 semester:

While the department of Communication Disorders would prefer that students take a letter grade for each pre-requisite course this semester, each student needs to do what is best for them and their GPA. At least one of the 3 prerequisite courses will need a letter grade, otherwise it will not be possible evaluate an applicant for admission to the program. If you are applying to the program in a later semester and are taking any of the pre-requisites during Winter 2020, you are allowed to take a pass grade on the pre-requisite, but you must have at least one pre-requisite course with a letter grade at the time you apply.

How are admissions decisions made?

Admission is based solely on the grade point average for the four prerequisite courses (ComD 133, Stat 121, CELL 220 (preferred) or CELL 210), and Physics 167. In recent admissions, the GPAs have ranged from 4.0 (A) to 2.8 (B-) for the four classes with the mean being approximately 3.5. Students will be notified of an admission decision about two weeks after the last day of finals. During the last three admission cycles for the 2017-18 academic year we have admitted 102 students with the following average statistics:





Application Due Date

Applications are due on April 15, or October 15 of each year, with approximately 50 applicants admitted in December and August. Students who are taking the last of the prerequisite classes right before turning in an application may note that on the form, and the department will look up and enter the class grade when it becomes available. This allows a student to turn in an application before leaving for a semester break even though semester grades are not yet available.

What if a student is not admitted to the major?

Each of the four prerequisite classes may be repeated only once, and the student may re-apply. We advise a student who is turned down twice for admission to the ComD major to visit the University Advisement Center in the WSC or the McKay School’s Education Advisement Center office to learn about other possible majors.

For more information, see the ComD Undergraduate Handbook.