Communication Disorders & Sciences

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The graduate program in Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) culminates in a masters of sciences degree and prepares recipients to assume entry-level positions as speech-language pathologists. To be considered for admission to the CDS graduate program in speech-language pathology, applicants must have either a bachelor?s degree in communication disorders and sciences, or a bachelor?s degree in another discipline and all prerequisite undergraduate coursework.

Admission is competitive, and is decided by a graduate faculty committee following a thorough review of the applicant?s materials. Meeting the GPA requirement alone does not ensure admission. Students who are not admitted to the program may be eligible to enroll in some CDS courses with non-degree seeking status.

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

Speech-language pathologist positions in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation companies, private practice, and universities.

Research Opportunities

Thesis Option Graduate Research Class Project

Student Professional Organizations

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)- Eastern Illinois University Chapter

Professional Development Opportunities

A department-sponsored Graduate Forum is held each spring, and attendance at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual conventions is encouraged.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Nine departmental graduate assistantships.


Margaret C. Hollowell Scholarship for Graduate Study Ryan Struebing Distinguished Graduate Student Award NSSLHA Distinguished Graduate Student Award

Scholarship Listing

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2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Betty Wright Downing Award
COS Advisory Board Endowed Fund Sch
Decatur Breakfast Sertoma Annual Scholarship
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Dr. Harold M. & Alice D. Cavins Scholarship
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Graduate Student Investigator Award
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
Margaret C. Hollowell Sch. For Grad. Study in Communication Disorders and Sciences
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
Nilsen Research Presentation Award
NSSLHA Distinguished Graduate Student Award
Robert & Kathryn Augustine Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Competition & MAGS Thesis Nomination
Ryan Struebing Dist. Grad Student Award
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants
Williams Travel Grants

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Faculty Listing

Communication Disorders & Sciences, Human Services Center 2207
Contact Name: Dr. Rebecca Throneburg, Graduate Coordinator
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