M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders



M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Admission Requirements

Elmhurst College's master's in communication sciences and disorders welcomes applicants who have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA and a minimum 3.2 GPA in CSD courses
  • All appropriate prerequisite CSD courses:
    • Phonetics
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    • Speech Science
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Neurological Bases in Communication
    • Phonological and Articulation Disorders
    • Normal Child Language Development
    • Clinical Methods
  • One course each in the biological sciences, physical science (chemistry or physics), mathematics (statistics), and the social/behavioral sciences.
  • Courses in methods of teaching learners with exceptionalities and building academic literacies are required for an Illinois Professional Educator’s License. These courses are offered to graduate students at Elmhurst College, though it is advisable for students to complete them prior to beginning the graduate program, if possible.

Prerequisites courses may be completed as part of the student’s undergraduate coursework, transferred from another college or university or taken at Elmhurst College in our Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program, prior to applying to the CSD program.

Each applicant file is evaluated by a faculty committee using a specific program rubric. The committee considers the following: GPA, GRE scores, writing skills, personal statement, prerequisite coursework, letters of recommendation, interpersonal & leadership skills, and clinical preparation/aptitude

Prerequisite Courses at Elmhurst College

Students who wish to complete the required CSD prerequisite courses at Elmhurst College may complete them in our Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program. To apply to complete the prerequisite courses, all official college transcripts must be sent directly to Elmhurst College for review. To apply, go to the undergraduate application and apply as a second degree student. When completing the application, choose communication sciences and disorders as your major. Admission requirements for the undergraduate CSD program apply to The Leveing Program as well.

How to Apply to the Graduate Program

The Fall 2017 application will open August 2, 2016 and will close on January 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. There is no rolling admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.

To complete your application, go to the CSDCAS website and complete or submit:

  • The application for admission
  • All official transcripts (A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward a master's degree in speech-language pathology)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic performance, interpersonal and leadership skills, clinical preparation/aptitude, and potential for successful completion of a graduate program. It is preferable for at least two of the three letters to be from professors/course instructors.
  • A personal statement that answers this question: What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the field of speech-language pathology today? Applicants for the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis will provide additional information indicated in CSDCAS in their personal statement.
  • GRE scores (the Elmhurst College code is 0750): a composite verbal plus quantitative score of 300 and a writing score of 4 are preferred. Lower scores do not exclude applicants from consideration. If you take the GRE more than once, the admission committee will consider the highest score achieved. Students' scores from previous years are posted on www.asha.org/edfind/

Note: All applications will be processed through CSDCAS.  There is no supplemental application required by Elmhurst College.

All official transcripts should be sent to:

CSDCAS Verification Dept.
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471


In addition, if you are an international student, please submit the following to the School for Professional Studies at Elmhurst College:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores
  • Oral English assessment results

CSDCAS customer service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST.

  • Phone: (617) 612-2030
  • E-Mail: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

Students offered admission to the master’s degree program will be asked to submit additional required documentation, including evidence of 25 hours of observation. The results of a background check prior to their first term on campus is also required. Information regarding this documentation and any other required documentation will come from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders following admission to the program.

Applicants with native or near-native proficiency in a language in addition to English who are interested in pursuing the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis should include a statement of intent describing their interest, relevant experience, and language proficiency in the personal essay on CSDCAS. Documentation of speaking proficiency in the other language at an advanced-low level or above (see ACTFL for a description) is strongly encouraged. All applicants must also complete the standard application via CSDCAS using the process outlined above.  Applicants will be notified of a program admission decision, and separately of a decision on their acceptance into the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis.  Capacity for this emphasis is limited. 

For more information, please contact us.

Prospective Graduate Student Days
Friday, October 21st, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Circle Hall
Friday, December 2nd, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Circle Hall

Please RSVP to Mona Sykora, CSD Administrative Assistant, at sykorar@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-6452.

It is not feasible for faculty to meet with all applicants individually. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a graduate session that best fits your schedule to tour the facilities, meet faculty and to learn more about our M.S. in Communications Science and Disorders program.

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