Speech and Hearing Science

College of Applied Health Sciences


What is Speech and Hearing Science?

Our Speech and Hearing Science major focuses on human communication across the lifespan. This includes its biological, behavioral, and social science foundations as well as related disorders. You'll tailor this major to your individual interests by choosing from four specializations:

  • Audiology
  • Cultural-Linguistic Diversity
  • Neuroscience of Communication
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Our program allows you to change lives and communities. It will prepare you for post-graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, as well as for a career in a variety of other fields, including health care, education, science, advocacy, and public policy.

Career Options

  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Audiology
  • Counseling
  • Health Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Vocal performance

Post-Graduation Success1

90% employed or continuing education

18% employed after graduation

72% attending graduate school

$29,304 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Chicago Speech Therapy, Teach for America, Champaign CUSD 4 View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Rush University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in science coursework
  • Demonstrated understanding of the major and career options
  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement and/or leadership experiences

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.6 years to degree

98% first-year retention rate

94% four-year graduation rate

94% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270