M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders



M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Admission Requirements

Elmhurst College's graduate program 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
  • The following prerequisite CSD courses:
    • Phonetics
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    • Normal Child Language Development
    • Speech Science
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Clinical Methods
    • Phonological and Articulation Disorders
    • A course in Methods of Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities is required for an Illinois Professional Educator’s License
  • Per the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Standard IV-A, applicants for certification must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics (www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards). Therefore, we request that graduate applicants have completed coursework in:
    • biological sciences (human or animal biology, such as a course in biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
    • physical sciences (a physics or chemistry course)
    • social/behavioral sciences (a course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
    • statistics (a stand-alone course)
  • We prefer that candidates complete all prerequisite coursework before applying for the graduate program. Students are still welcome to apply if they have completed most of these courses. Completion of prerequisites is factored into scoring. Completion of all prerequisites presented above earns full scoring for the prerequisite portion of the graduate application. These courses may be completed as part of the student’s undergraduate coursework, transferred from another college or university, or taken in our Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program prior to applying to the CSD program.
  • Additional strongly recommended courses. The following two courses are offered to graduate students at Elmhurst College, though it is advisable for students to complete these courses prior to graduate work.
    • A course in Aural Rehabilitation is required for ASHA certification.
    • A course in Methods of Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities is required for an Illinois Professional Educator’s License.

How is graduate admission determined?

Each applicant file is evaluated by several members of a graduate admissions committee using a specific program rubric. The committee considers all of the following: undergraduate GPA, GPA in CSD courses, GRE scores, writing skills, personal statement, completion of prerequisite coursework, letters of recommendation, clinical preparation/aptitude, experience that enriches preparation for academic and clinical work, and interpersonal and leadership skills.

How can I complete CSD prerequisite courses?

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 Leveling Program as well.

How do I apply to the graduate program?

The Fall 2018 application is currently open and will close on January 15, 2018 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)
  • 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.
  • 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 in which you address these three topic areas: 1. What has motivated you to pursue a career in speech-language pathology? 2. What do you believe are key characteristics of successful graduate students in speech-language pathology? Describe one or more situations in which you have demonstrated these traits. 3. How will you contribute to the positive and supportive graduate student cohort and professional community that we value at Elmhurst College?

How do I apply for the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis?

  • Applicants for the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis will provide an additional statement of intent at the end of their personal essay describing their interest, relevant experience, and language proficiency. Because CSDCAS does not accommodate submission of a second document, this statement of intent for the Multicultural/Multilingual emphasis must be included within the personal essay document. Completion of a proficiency test in another language, with a score of 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 for the emphasis will be notified of a CSD program admission decision, and separately of a decision on their acceptance into the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis. Capacity for this emphasis is limited.

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.

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.

For more information, please contact us.

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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