M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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All 15 students in the College’s graduate program in communication sciences and disorders passed the national Praxis exam on their first try.

A Green Oasis

The Elmhurst College Arboretum

The Elmhurst campus is an accredited arboretum, boasting more than 120 species of trees and shrubs.

Prepare for a Career in Speech-Language Pathology

The master’s program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at Elmhurst prepares students for rewarding careers as speech-language pathologists in professional settings such as schools, hospitals, clinics, research institutions, private practice and more.

Designed primarily for students with bachelor’s degrees in CSD, the graduate program prepares students for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for state licensure. In addition, students are prepared for employment in the Illinois public school system and endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), provided they have met the requirements for the master's degree in speech-language pathology and have completed coursework in teaching methods of exceptional children and reading methods.

CSD students attend classes full time on the arboretum campus of Elmhurst College in Chicago's western suburbs. Most students can complete the program in 20 months. The program takes a cohort approach, fostering teamwork skills and strong bonds among classmates. Opportunities abound for clinical experiences in a variety of locations, from public schools to hospitals to rehab facilities to Elmhurst College’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Our students have unique training opportunities, such as serving individuals with Down syndrome at Gigi’s Playhouse, with whom we partner; serving adult students with autism and other disabilities in the College’s Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA); supporting adults through an aphasia support group run by Elmhurst faculty; hands-on training in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES); and medical placement preparation in the state-of-the-art Elmhurst College Simulation Center.

The master’s program also offers a remarkable Multicultural/Multilingual emphasis in speech-language pathology with many unique features. This emphasis is designed for students who wish to pursue specialized academic, research and clinical experiences to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Several of our faculty are experts in multicultural/multilingual issues, and students in this emphasis have the opportunity to work with them all. Please contact Dr. Brenda Gorman for more information.

Throughout the CSD curriculum, Elmhurst faculty members promote the use of evidence-based practice decisions while maintaining a mutually respectful environment. In addition to promoting scholarship and intellectual curiosity, faculty emphasize the impact of communication disorders on individuals and families.


The Master of Science (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  The program is accredited through June 30, 2022.

Upcoming Events

CSD Information Session
Thursday, July 13, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founder's Lounge
Please RSVP to the School for Professional Studies at sps@elmhurst.edu

Goodban Fellowship
Available for undergraduate students who have been admitted to the master of science in communication sciences and disorders program who have completed all prerequisite SLP requirements, including ASHA sciences, and who are involved with NSSLHA or show leadership potential. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum GRE score of 310 with a writing score of 4 or higher. Completed applications must be received by January 15 to be considered. This fellowship is renewable for a second year depending on academic progress. For more information, contact the CSD department.

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The Elmhurst College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, gender identity/gender expression, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability with regard to the evaluation and treatment of clients and dissemination of scholarship funds.

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