How to Apply to the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Communication Disorders
Thank you for your interest in attending the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders (CDIS) at Governors State University (GSU). You will find the information you need to apply to our graduate program on this page.
First, Some Important Information
This program accepts a limited number of applicants and generally admits students only for the fall semester. Applications to our graduate program for Fall 2013 admission are due by January 15, 2013.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in communication disorders, or its equivalent, at a university with regional accreditation. Applicants without the prerequisite undergraduate background in communication disorders will not be considered for admission to the graduate program.
In addition to meeting university criteria, the following minimum criteria should be noted.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate course work in Communication Disorders.
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation must be provided by faculty in Communication Disorders who can address the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate school.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a prerequisite for the program.
Step-by-step instructions for applying to the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders are provided below.
All applicants must complete two applications:
- CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service)
- GSU Supplemental Application
NOTE: 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 2012-2013 application cycle and have new references, personal statements, and transcripts sent to CSDCAS.
Application to the graduate program in Communication Disorders at Governors State University is now made through a centralized application service: CSDCAS. This is a state-of-the art, web-based application that offers applicants a convenient way to apply to multiple graduate programs in communication disorders by completing one single application. The online application was designed specifically for your ease and convenience. With far less paperwork, streamlined processing, and ongoing communication with applicants, CSDCAS offers you the ability to apply to multiple programs across the country.
To apply to our program, you should access the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) at http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas/students.php.
The CSDCAS application cycle for Fall 2013 enrollment opens on September 13, 2012.
- Access the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) through the following link:
Click on SLP Program Directory to review the list of graduate programs in speech-language pathology who are participating in CSDCAS.
Begin the application process by clicking APPLY NOW.
You are encouraged to click on FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) and Instructions prior to completing your application. These links provide you with important information regarding the application process (e.g., transcripts, personal statement/essay, and letters of reference).
The following information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS in order to complete your application.
Official Transcripts: You are required to provide official transcripts from every accredited U.S. institution attended. All official transcripts MUST be sent directly by the Office of the Registrar to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
Your transcripts must include final grades received through the most recent semester or quarter before the application deadline. It is not acceptable to use another school's evaluation of previous credits or another school's grade report as a transcript. If you are admitted to our graduate program, your final transcript showing your degree conferred must be sent to the Department of Communication Disorders upon completion of your undergraduate course work.
Personal Statement/Essay: A personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Specifically, you should focus on (1) why you want a career in speech-language pathology, (2) what academic and personal qualities you would bring to a graduate program, citing evidence if it exists, and (3) noteworthy activities and accomplishments. Your essay is submitted electronically through CSDCAS. Please be aware that your essay should be limited to 5500 characters.
Letters 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 school. Letters of recommendation from fellow students, family members, or personal friends are unacceptable.
Letters of recommendation must be completed using the required reference forms available from CSDCAS. Electronic or paper recommendations are acceptable. If an applicant chooses to use the paper letter of recommendation as opposed to electronic, CSDCAS will accept the CSDCAS paper request form ONLY. This is the evaluation grid that the references must complete in order for the paper letter of recommendation to be considered complete. All paper letters of recommendation MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
The fee schedule is $100 for the first designated CSDCAS school and $45 for each additional school.
You can monitor the status of your application through your CSDCAS account.
If you experience difficulties or have questions related to the CSDCAS application process, please be sure to contact CSDCAS Customer Service by e-mail at CSDCASInfo@csdcas.org or by phone at 617.612.2030. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
Complete the GSU Supplemental Application.
The graduate program in Communication Disorders at GSU is designed to serve both full- and part-time students. Students accepted to the program on a full-time basis can be authorized for a maximum of three graduate academic courses (9 credit hours) each term. Students accepted to the program on a part-time basis can be authorized for a maximum of two graduate academic courses (6 credit hours) each term.
It should be noted that the distinction between full-time versus part-time students relates only to enrollment in academic courses. During the last year of enrollment in the graduate program, all students participate in external clinical practicums on a full-time basis.
Typically, full-time students complete the graduate program in about 2⅓ years (seven terms including summer). Part-time students complete the graduate program in about 3 years (nine terms including summer).
In order for the program to consider your application, you must indicate your enrollment preference:
- Full-Time ONLY
- Part-Time ONLY
- Prefer Full-Time but will accept Part-Time
The GSU Supplemental Application serves the primary purpose of identifying your enrollment preference. All students are required to complete this brief form in order to complete the application process. The form is available at the link below:
GSU Supplemental Application
Once you have completed the GSU Supplemental Application, print the form and mail to Governors State University at the following address:
Governors State University
CDIS Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Communication Disorders
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975
Applicants will be ranked for admission on the basis of academic potential for graduate study in Communication Disorders. Qualified applicants should recognize that the CDIS admissions committee is faced with the difficult task of selecting a relatively small group of the most qualified candidates from among an applicant pool that is generally well-qualified. Unsuccessful candidates often wish to know why they were not admitted and what they can do to improve their chances of admission in subsequent years. Admission decisions are made on the basis of many pieces of objective and subjective information. Unsuccessful applicants may sometimes improve their chances for admission in a subsequent year by improving their prerequisite GPA by retaking undergraduate courses in Communication Disorders. Applicants must recognize, however, that repeating undergraduate course work does not in any way guarantee future admission.
We greatly appreciate your interest in our program. We will give your application our fullest consideration.
Notifications of admission status through CSDCAS (i.e. admit, waiting list, or denied admission) are made in late March.
If you have any questions about general requirements and procedures for application to the CDIS graduate program, you are strongly encouraged to contact the department. Further information is available by calling the Department of Communication Disorders at 708.534.4590 or by visiting http://www.govst.edu/cdis.