Admission Requirements

Elmhurst College’s graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders welcomes applicants who have met the requirements listed below.

  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA and a minimum 3.2 GPA in CSD courses
  • The following prerequisite CSD courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    • Clinical Methods
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Normal Child Language Development
    • Phonetics
    • Speech Science
    • Speech Sound Disorders (Articulation and Phonology)
  • 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. 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)
  • Strongly recommended: We encourage students to complete these two additional courses during their undergraduate studies. They are offered at Elmhurst College to graduate students who need them, 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.
  • 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.

Admission FAQs

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.

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, complete 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.

Each year, the CSDCAS application for fall opens August 1 and closes January 15 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

To complete your application, visit 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 the ASHA website.
  • 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. We do not request more than three letters.
  • A personal statement that answers 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?

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 the ACTFL website 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.

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

Official Transcripts

All official transcripts should be sent to:

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

Please do not send transcripts to Elmhurst College.

International Students

Learn more about international student requirements.

Contacting CSDCAS

CSDCAS customer service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Additional Information

Students offered admission to the master’s degree program will be asked to submit additional required documentation, including well-documented 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 the program director.

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 program.

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