Graduate Studies

Communication Sciences and Disorders

“With the vast amount of information required for practicing speech-language pathologists, I feel that my time at WIU was beneficial as I gained the skills necessary for my profession while interacting with faculty and staff members who were very supportive and available for their students.”– Amber Martin, MS, 2007

Program Overview

The Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The program takes two years of full-time study to complete including the summer between the first and second years.  Students complete clinical practica each semester in a variety of sites including the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and rehabilitation centers.  These practica provide students experience working with clients with a variety of communication disorders.  The final semester of the program involves two eight-week off-campus internships.

Possible Careers

Graduates will meet the academic requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Students wishing to work in Illinois public schools will also be provided with opportunities to meet requirements for licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Graduates will be prepared to work as SLPs in all settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and birth-to-three centers.

Why Choose Communication Sciences and Disorders at WIU?

The graduate program in CSD is a close-knit community of students and faculty.  Class sizes are twenty or fewer which allows for lively group discussions and hands-on learning.  Students frequently meet with faculty one-on-one to discuss course material, clinic clients, or future career plans.  We are one of only a handful of graduate programs to offer a formal study abroad opportunity.  During the summer between the fist and second years, two to four students travel to Cardiff, Wales to complete clinical practica experiences through Cardiff Metropolitan University.  This study abroad program offers students experiences with different cultural views regarding disability as well as different health care and educational systems.

Our Faculty

CSD faculty have extensive clinical experience in both speech-language pathology and audiology across a range of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and private practice.  All faculty who supervise students hold ASHA certification and Illinois state licensure.  Faculty are actively engaged in research, present at professional meetings, publish in scholarly journals, and serve as editorial consultants for those journals.

Extracurricular activities:

The WIU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WIUSSLHA), a chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, organizes fundraising events, professional educational opportunities, and social events for clients of the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

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  • Degrees Available:
    • M.S.
  • Locations:
    • Macomb
  • Required GPA:
    • Cumulative: 3.0 or
    • Last 2 years: 3.25
  • Admission Requirements:
    • GRE
    • Transcripts
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Goals Statement
  • Interesting Facts: Fall 2014
    • Currently enrolled: 38
    • International: 1
    • Minority: 2
    • Male: 4
    • Female: 34
    • Students with Assistantships: 11
  • Department Contact Information

Memorial Hall 230A
309/298-1955

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