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Explore the Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders at NMSU Global Campus

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders prepares students at New Mexico State University Global Campus for careers in the allied health fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Communication Disorders majors are highly sought after in the 21st century job market. Professional employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are numerous within settings such as school systems, community clinics, medical centers, hospitals, private practice, residential programs, and schools for individuals with disabilities.

In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Speech-Language Pathologists #3 in Best Health Care Jobs with a median salary of $80,480 and 45,400 projected job openings. Audiologists ranked #22 in Best Health Care Jobs with a median salary of $81,030 and 2,100 projected job openings.

About the Department of Communication Disorders

NMSU's Department of Communication Disorders offers programs both on-campus and online at NMSU Global Campus. We offer our students a strong foundation for professional practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through the study of typical communication development, communication disorders, and the clinical management of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders.


Degree type: Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

College: Health, Education and Social Transformation

Department: Communication Disorders

Delivery format: 100% online

Cost per credit hour:  

  • Undergraduate online: $395.40*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

Communication Disorders majors at NMSU Global Campus are offered many advantages:

  • Undergraduate majors in Communication Disorders will enjoy maximum flexibility while gaining a solid foundation in Communication Sciences and Disorders that prepares students to work with individuals across the lifespan.
  • NMSU's Communication Disorders faculty include nationally recognized experts in the field.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is low. Regular interaction with faculty in the Communication Disorders online courses is an integral part of our curriculum.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in student organizations remotely.

Career Pathways

NMSU Global Campus graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders are well prepared for the workforce, as well as for advanced study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate programs. Possible future career paths may include:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (requires master’s degree)
  • Audiologist (requires clinical doctorate degree)
  • Health Care Administration

NMSU’s Communication Disorders graduates have been hired by leading employers in New Mexico and nationwide, including:

  • Community Clinics
  • Early Intervention
  • Hospitals
  • Public School Districts
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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