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EIU Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Science

Students who have a baccalaureate degree in a major other than CDS 

  •  Must complete required undergraduate CDS coursework prior to application to a graduate program for speech-language pathology.
    • Required courses include Anatomy and Physiology of the Communication Mechanisms, Speech Science, Child Language Acquisition, Phonetics/Phonological Development, Audiology, and a Clinical Methods course/Clinical Observation. Students must have completed either Assessment/Treatment of Articulation/Phonological Disorders or Assessment/Treatment of Child Language Disorders (both are very strongly recommended). Aural Rehabilitation and Alternative Communication are also recommended at the undergraduate level prior to graduate school, but can be made up in graduate school if necessary.
    • In addition one biological sciences course, one physical sciences course, one social sciences course, and one math course must have been taken at EIU or elsewhere. 
    • Students usually complete the undergraduate coursework in a two-year sequence beginning in the fall term (which follows a typical program of courses for transfer students)
  • Students must apply to the Graduate School to take undergraduate courses in CDS as a nondegree-seeking graduate student or a student pursuing a second bachelor's degree program.
    • Students applying to the Graduate School to take the undergraduate CDS coursework do not need to take the GRE exam. Application to the Graduate School to take the undergraduate coursework may be completed at any point during the year, up to a few weeks prior to beginning courses. (Beginning coursework in the fall term is strongly recommended).
    • Students in the second bachelor's program may be eligible for financial aid. Students are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for information.
      • Students with nondegree-seeking status are not typically eligible for financial aid
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be admitted to the Graduate School. Minimum GPA requirements apply to take 3000 and 4000 level CDS courses.
  • Acceptance into the master’s program following completion of undergraduate coursework is NOT guaranteed. Admission to the master's degree program for Speech-Language Pathology in Communication Disorders & Sciences is highly competitive and based on a number of factors including (but not limitted to) GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, clinical aptitude, extracurricular experiences. 
    • Tables are available showing average GPA and GRE scores of admitted students in recent years by clicking here.

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Department of Communication
Disorders and Sciences

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2712
(217) 581-7105

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