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EIU Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Science

Traditional Graduate Program in Speech-Language Patholgy 

Two-year graduate program

  • All courses offered on campus, full-time internship semesters off-campus
    • Includes four academic terms on campus
    • Two summers, one fall, and one spring
  • Two full semesters of internship required
    • One medical and one educational placement (14 weeks each)
      • Educational and medical internships are typically in Illinois, but medical placements may be throughout the country if students request
  • Dedicated faculty with clinical experience whose first priority is teaching YOU

  • Rigorous program of study
  • Approximately 30 students begin the program each year with 60 students total
    • See outcomes data for graduation rate, Praxis exam pass rate, and employment statistics of recent graduates
    • Additional information about the number of Graduate Assistantships provided to recent graduates as well as recent GPA and GRE scores of recent admitted graduate students can be found near the bottom of another page by clicking here.
  • Click here to learn about visiting or applying to the program

The master's degree program includes 30 semester hours of core courses required for all candidates and 4 semester hours of special topics selected by the student for specialization and interest, seven semester hours of advanced practicum. The final two semesters consist of a full-time 14-week medical internship and a full-time 14-week educational internship that can be completed throughout the state or country.

Typically, graduate candidates require six consecutive full-time semesters to complete their master's degree. A usual program includes four semesters of advanced coursework and practicum followed by two 14-week internships, one in an educational setting and one in a medical setting. The educational internship is usually completed in the state of Illinois. Medical internships may be completed nationwide.

Candidates may select from two alternatives in the graduate program. The first alternative requires candidates to complete the program and take oral and written comprehensive exams during their final semester of graduate school. The second alternative requires students to complete a creative researchproject/thesis instead of exams and take fewer special topic courses. Students who complete the thesis option frequently present their research at state and national conferences such as ISHA or ASHA.


  • Graduate students are required to bring a laptop computer
    • Classroom and clinic applications
    • Some models available through the EIU University Bookstore
      • Feature on-campus support

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Contact Information

Department of Communication
Disorders and Sciences

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

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