What could be more important in life than the ability to communicate? To speak and to be understood. For a variety of reasons -- disease, disability,injury or age -- some people find communication a constant struggle. That's where you, the speech language pathologist, come in, bringing communication therapies to a wide range of speech-language-hearing disorders. GSU's Department of Communication Disorders offers outstanding Communication Disorders programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Best of all, you can complete your program part-time, so you can still work and live your life.

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The Master of Health Science (MHS) in Communication Disorders:
Your Entry-Level Degree

The entry level degree you must obtain to become a Speech Language Pathologist is the Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders.

Admission is competitive — and for good reason. Our Master's program provides thorough preparation for entry into the field and meets the academic requirements for the profession's national certification, as well as Illinois' professional and public school licensure. 

See link below for How to Apply page — MHS in Communication Disorders:

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) in Communication Disorders:
Your Pre-Professional Preparation

Because the entry-level degree for Speech-Language-Pathologists is the Master of Health Science degree,  you will receive everything you need to enter the MHS program through the Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Consider This:  The BHS as Your Second Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders is the required undergraduate degree for entry into the MHS in Communication Disorders program.  But what if your bachelor's is in another discipline? Explore the BHS in Communication Disorders as a second bachelor's degree.

Department of Communication Disorders Long-Term Strategic Plan

The Department of Communication Disorders has developed a seven-year strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2009 through 2015 that is congruent with the university's strategic plan and priorities. The program's current strategic plan is available at the link below.




Department of Communication Disorders Accreditation Site Visit

The MHS in Communication Disorders (CDIS) Program at GSU is hosting a site visit team from the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) on October 8 and 9, 2015.  As part of their visit, the team will have a meeting with current CDIS graduate students on Thursday, October 8, from 3:30 — 4:15pm in Room D34170.  The team will also have a meeting with community members who have a working relationship with the program on Thursday, October 8, from 5 – 6 pm in Room F1622. 

The MHS in CDIS Program is an important resource in the region, providing a high-quality academic and clinical education that generates about 30 well-qualified graduates to the speech-language pathology workforce annually. 

CAA accreditation is a mark of that quality for students, employers and the community we serve.  The program has been continuously accredited since the 1980s.  This site visit is part of the regular eight-year cycle of accreditation, and an important event in the life of the program.  With this site visit and re-accreditation application, our goal is to maintain that accredited status for another eight years.

Individuals may provide feedback about the program to CAA by attending one of the meetings, or by submitting comments online.  Instructions for submitting public comments may be found at: http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/PublicCommentList/.