You will find everything you need to apply for the Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders program here. The program accepts a limited number of applicants and generally admits students only for the fall semester.
MHS in Communication Disorders
Fall 2016 Admission Application Opens September 17, 2015Thank you for your interest in
applying to GSU! We are seeking highly engaged, service-oriented, and
well-qualified students from a range of life stages, cultural and linguistic
backgrounds and communities. You are
encouraged to begin the application process early during the application cycle.
Application Deadline for admission Fall 2016: January 15th, 2016.
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Eligibility: To be eligible to
apply, you must meet the following criteria.
- By your projected entry into the
master’s program, you must have completed a bachelor's degree at a university
with regional accreditation.
- At the time of application, you
must have at least five completed courses in the discipline on your transcripts
to be considered for admission to the graduate program.
- You must meet university
criteria and program minimum criteria:
o A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or
higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work.
o A GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate course
work in the discipline.
o Three letters of recommendation, two of which must
be provided by faculty in Communication Disorders who can address your
potential to succeed in graduate school.
2. Application: Access
the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service
(CSDCAS) at the following link: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
Create an account, free of
charge, to begin building your online application. The CSDCAS application process is separate
from and replaces the Governors State University general online application
system. You do not need to do both.
- DO NOT use the GSU general
online application system.
- Complete an online application in CSDCAS at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. From the “Full Programs List” tab, add
Governors State University.
- All of your application materials must be complete in CSDCAS by midnight,
January 15 th.
Applicants with missing payments, transcripts, recommendation
letters, or personal statements by the deadline will not be considered for
admission. Applicants who have not
completed all sections of the application by the deadline will not be
considered for admission. It is the
applicant’s responsibility to meet deadline requirements.
- Collect and submit all required information and
documentation. Follow the instructions provided in the
GSU page on CSDCAS. You will be required
to submit the following by midnight
January 15th, 2016.
- Application fees
payable to CSDCAS (not to GSU)
- A list of all college
courses you have taken at every institution of higher education that you have
attended, along with the year, semester, and grade for each
- Official transcripts
from every institution of higher education that you have attended – you may
need to submit a second transcript from your institution after the Fall
semester courses are posted.
- A personal statement
answering the following question: How have your experiences shaped you as an
applicant to graduate school and as a future professional? Be specific if you
can. For example, tell about an experience that has affected your attitudes and
beliefs about individuals with communication disorders, or that has helped
prepare you to work with adults and/or children with disabilities and their
families. Submit this on the “Documents”
tab of the GSU application page in CSDCAS.
of recommendation - You are required to submit a minimum of three (3) letters
of recommendation. You should use three qualified recommenders who can attest
to your academic and professional
abilities. A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be
provided by faculty members and/or instructors in communication disorders
who can address your academic abilities and potential to succeed in graduate
to all of the supplemental questions that apply to you. These are listed on the “Questions” tab of
the GSU application page in CSDCAS.
3. Follow up: After the application deadline, the
admissions committee will invite selected applicants to an on-campus interview.
Offers of admission will be made after the interviews, by April 1. Students must accept the offer by April 15th. Acceptance requires a seat deposit.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn about our program and
faculty, and help us get to know you better.
Applicants will be notified by February 15th if they will be
invited to interview on campus.
Notifications will arrive through email messages sent to the applicant’s
email address entered in CSDCAS. Interviews will require a half-day time
commitment and will be scheduled on Friday, February 19th, Saturday,
February 20th, Friday February 26th, and Saturday,
February 27th. If
needed due to weather or other extenuating circumstances, some interviews may
be scheduled on March 11th or 12th.
It is the applicant’s
responsibility to reserve time for this interview. There is a supplemental question on the
CSDCAS GSU application in the “Questions” tab which asks you for your
availability to attend the interview. Applicants
for whom an on-campus interview represents an unreasonable hardship may contact
the Department Chair, Dr. Catherine Balthazar (email@example.com) to arrange for a tele-interview. Applicants who fail to attend an interview or
do not respond to the invitation will not be considered further.
Deposit: Applicants who are offered admission
will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 seat deposit subsequent to
acceptance of the offer and prior to being officially admitted and assigned an
advisor. The seat deposit will be applied to tuition. Students who
do not attend GSU after accepting the offer will forfeit the seat deposit.
- If you are reapplying to the
graduate program at GSU from a previous year, please be aware that ALL
applicants will be required to create a new application for the 2015-2016 application
cycle and have new references, personal statements and transcripts sent to
- Students admitted to the program
must document a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency, ACT, or
SAT in order to be fully admitted to candidacy in the program.Individuals who seek admission are
strongly encouraged to complete the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
required for the Professional Educator License in Illinois before entering
the master’s program. The TAP requirement may be met by equivalent
performance on the ACT or SAT within the 10 years prior to admission to
the program. Instructions for the TAP or ACT/SAT equivalency may be found
at www.govst.edu/chhs/dcd/bhs under Student Resources. This test IS NOT
considered during the application process, but taking and passing it
before you start graduate school will be of great benefit to you (see the
CDIS Graduate Student Handbook for details at www.govst.edu/chhs/dcd/mhs).
Please refer to the following guidance document:
Link to ACT ISBE Handout