• Students work with children in the clinic playroom.
  • Students working "hands on" in the learning lab.
  • Melanie Buhr-Lawler and a child doing a hearing exam.
  • Faculty, students, and children having fun outside at summer playgroup.
  • Students working in the lab at Goodnight Hall.
  • Students attending lecture at Goodnight Hall.
  • Students and faculty at graduation.
  • Michelle Ciucci working in her lab.

Welcome to World-Class Research, Education, and Care

Helping people communicate through education, research, treatment, and outreach

The UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders works to understand, prevent, identify, and treat speech, language, voice, and hearing disorders that affect communication.

We provide this in the following way:

  • Outstanding education. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty educate incoming students to become clinicians, scientists, and teachers of the future. Our top-ranked programs in speech-language pathology and audiology offer a variety of didactic and hands-on educational opportunities, so graduates are fully prepared for the rigors of the profession.
  • Comprehensive, affordable clinical care. Our faculty and staff run the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, which offers evaluation and treatment of communication disorders. The clinic serves Wisconsin residents across the lifespan, and offers low-cost services and partial scholarships for individuals and families in need.We welcome everyone! The University of Wisconsin-Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders support the equal treatment of all people. No individual shall be discriminated against based upon race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, sex, gender identity, ability, or sexual orientation.
  • Real-world research. Our faculty perform cutting-edge research that has clear health relevance. Faculty have been issued patents, created spin-off companies, and developed technology that benefits people in Wisconsin and the nation.
  • Impressive outreach. Our faculty frequently provide outreach services and consulting, often at no cost, to families, school systems, and other organizations in need.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders administers a number of scholarships and awards open to undergraduate majors and graduate students. Please refer to the scholarships page for more details on these opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  1. Prosem Lecture: Listening to the Ear Listen to the Brain

    November 20
    12:05 PM - 1:00 PM

Recent News

  1. Signs of Summer

    Written by Craig Wild/University Communications on August 10, 2017

  2. Au.D. Students Awarded American Academy of Audiology Foundation Scholarships

    Written on June 22, 2017

  3. Learning to Talk Like a Woman (or Man)

    Written by Catherine Saint Louis on April 25, 2017

  4. Undergraduate Students Receive College of Letters and Science Scholarship Awards

    Written on March 29, 2017

  5. Au.D. Students Provide Hearing Healthcare in Guatemala

    Written on March 03, 2017