M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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
  • 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
    • 25 Observable Hours*
    • Clinical Methods
    • Phonological and Articulation Disorders
  • One course each in general psychology or another social/behavioral science, statistics, biological science and physical science (physics or chemistry).
  • Courses in Educational Psychology and Methods of Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities are required for an Illinois Professional Educator’s License

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.

*It is recommended that applicants complete at least 25 observation hours prior to beginning the CSD program. Observation hours may also be completed during your first year of study at Elmhurst College. Please contact the program director for more information.

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.

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 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 professors in your discipline
  • A personal statement focusing on ethics and CSD
  • GRE scores (the Elmhurst College code is 0750): a composite verbal plus quantitative score of 310 and a writing score of no lower than 4.

All official transcripts should be sent to:

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

NOTE: DO NOT SEND ANY TRANSCRIPTS TO ELMHURST COLLEGE.

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 the Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis should send a letter of intent describing their interest in this emphasis and relevant background experience to brenda.gorman@elmhurst.edu.  In this letter of intent, please also indicate the language(s) that you speak fluently.  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.

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