M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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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), for state licensure, and for a Type 73 certificate for Illinois schools.

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.

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.

Goodban Fellowship
Available for graduate 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 a graduate 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 February 1 to be considered. This fellowship is renewable for a second year depending on academic progress. For more information, contact the CSD department.

The master's program in speech-language pathology at Elmhurst College is a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

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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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