Meet the Online CSD Students Who Lead with Knowledge and Compassion

The Baylor University online CSD community is made up of service-oriented professionals who are driven by a common goal of helping children and adults with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders. 

Our students are impactful leaders ready to bring transformative change to their communities. Read on to learn more about them.

A Diverse Community of Caring Professionals

Here’s a snapshot of the student-population ethnic and gender demographics you may find in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders online program at Baylor. 

(The following information is based on self-reported data from students in our August 2019 to August 2022 cohorts.)


Average graduate GPA


Military affiliated (veterans or active duty)

The chart shows 51% of students are White/Caucasian, 10% are Black or African-American, 24% are Hispanic, 7% are two or more races, 5% are Asian and .5% are American Indian or Alaskan Native. 

Chart shows 97% of students as female, and 3% as male. 


Age Range

Basic Sciences Prerequisites Prior to Program

  • One biological science course
  • One physics or chemistry course
  • One stand-alone statistics course
  • One behavioral or social science course

Geographic Locations

Our students attend our online classes from 47 states, which offers them the opportunity to network with passionate professionals nationwide. 

The Baylor CSD Student Profile

Baylor’s CSD online program empowers students to service diverse individuals who face communication difficulties and come from underrepresented communities. The program’s curriculum and coursework are rooted in research, clinical experiences, and real-world competencies. 

We look for students who are ready to work collaboratively and are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults who live with speech, language, and hearing disorders. Our strongest students and applicants have the following background and credentials: 

(These are not applicant requirements. Please note that each application is evaluated holistically.)


  • Bachelor’s degree, regionally accredited
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 higher

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate GPA — 3.4 or higher
  • A strong personal statement that shows the applicant’s passion for the field, future goals, and an understanding of the program.
  • High-quality letters of recommendation written by academic references or professional supervisors who can speak directly to the applicant’s graduate-school potential.

“The communication sciences and disorders graduate program at Baylor University has a long and distinguished history of equipping compassionate, highly skilled speech-language pathologists for service in the profession. Our online program continues this tradition by making a Baylor CSD education even more accessible, all while maintaining our Christian commitment to excellence and dedication to service.”

Career Outcomes

Speech-Language Pathologist,
Ranked #31 Best Job in the Nation1


Employment growth rate from 2021 to 2031


New speech-language pathology jobs available in the U.S.


Median salary

Our compassionate and hardworking graduates bring positive change to their communities as speech-language pathologists. They assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders to improve their client’s quality of life. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders online program will prepare you to lead in a variety of professional settings as a speech-language pathologists, such as: 


More than half of SLPs (56 percent) are employed in educational settings, including 53 percent in schools and 3 percent in colleges and universities. This includes early intervention, preschool, and K–12 schools. SLPs employed in these settings conduct screenings and diagnostic evaluations; treat children with a wide range of abilities; and provide services on an individual, small-group, or classroom basis.


Thirty-nine percent of SLPs are employed in healthcare settings, including 16 percent in nonresidential healthcare facilities, 13 percent in hospitals, and 10 percent in residential healthcare facilities. SLPs in these settings diagnose and treat communication and swallowing problems, function as members of multidisciplinary or interprofessional treatment teams, and provide counseling to patients and their families.

Private Practice and Corporate Services:

Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of SLPs are employed full or part time in private practice. This career option is ideal for the entrepreneurial SLP who favors flexibility, specialization, and client choice. Some private practitioners work alone, and some own large practices that employ different types of professionals. Speech-language pathology jobs in the corporate environment focus on speech sound production, presentation skills, accent modification, and social communication in addition to other services relevant to the business world.

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Find out if Baylor University’s Masters of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders online program is the right fit for your future. Request information or start your application today.

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1U.S. News & World Report, 100 Best Jobs Ranking, Accessed February 2023.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Speech Language Pathologists, Accessed February 2023.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, Speech Language Pathologists, Accessed February 2023.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

4Bureau of Labor Statistics, Speech Language Pathologists, Accessed February 2023.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference