M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Admission Requirements

The graduate program in communication sciences and disorders at Elmhurst College welcomes applications from candidates who have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • All appropriate 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
  • One course each in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics (statistics), and the social/behavioral sciences

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

Prerequisite Courses at Elmhurst College
Students who wish to complete the required CSD prerequisite courses at Elmhurst College must apply to the College following all of the admission requirements for the undergraduate CSD program. All official college transcripts must also 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.

Note: You must apply as a second degree student, even if you wish to complete only the required prerequisite courses for the graduate CSD program, as the CSD department does not allow non-degree coursework to be completed. Several undergraduate CSD courses are only offered during the day and you will complete the coursework in approximately two years due to availability of courses offered.

How to Apply
To apply for fall 2015, the CSDCAS (Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service) application will open on September 17, 2014.

The application deadline for fall 2015 is January 15, 2015. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements. If an applicant does not submit their on-line application and supporting documentation prior to the deadline, they will no longer be able to apply to the program.

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

  • The application for admission
  • All official transcripts (A maximum of 6 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 professors in your discipline
  • A personal statement focusing on ethics and CSD
  • GRE scores (the Elmhurst College code is 0750): a composite verbal and quantitative score is required, including a writing score

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.

For more information, please contact us.

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