Here, you help others find their voice.

Speech-language pathologists change lives by helping people communicate—an ability many of us take for granted. Enter this rewarding and demanding field with Governors State’s Master of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders—a rigorous graduate program that enables you to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent communication disorders among children and adults.

  In our uniquely designed MHS in Communication Disorders program, you will obtain the skills needed to enter the profession with the background and experiences you need to step into real-world employment. Unlike most speech-language pathology programs, our MHS has been developed and accredited without its own clinic—so all of your practicum work will be completed through our network of more than 150 practicum sites, providing a wide range of real-world experiences beyond the campus and in the types of communities you’ll be working in. You’ll gain experience in medical and school settings, putting your education to the test while gaining invaluable experience—and proving your abilities.

Reach your career goals.

Speech-language pathologists can be found in schools, hospitals, and healthcare facilities across the nation. Prepare to help people of all ages—from early childhood to senior care—overcome difficulties with communication. You will work alongside other education and medical professionals, such as teachers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and physical or occupational therapists to optimize care.

The MHS in Communication Disorders curriculum meets all academic and practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, the Illinois license in Speech Language Pathology, and the Illinois State Board of Education's licensure requirements for working in Illinois public schools.

Why get a Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders?

Demand for speech-language pathologists is growing at an unprecedented rate—job growth is anticipated at 18 percent over the next decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Coupled with the field’s entry-level requirement of a master’s degree, your Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders will be your key to a fulfilling career in human services.

Data collected in 2019  reflected the median annual salary for Speech-Language Pathologists at $77,112 with an average range of $61,940– $79,120 ( Chicago’s median salary for Speech-Language Pathologists was even higher than the national at $76k-110k (

Delivery Format 
Achieve your master’s degree in as little as seven semesters. Governors State’s MHS is offered fully on-campus. Enroll full-time to jump-start your career, or part-time for added flexibility

Meet  Brenda !

You may have seen Brenda Parham's friendly face at our front office.  Brenda is our Communication Disorders Administrative Aide and she is always happy to assist students, faculty and staff with their CDIS questions or guide them to others that may be able to help.

Office Location: F1405 Brenda Parham CDIS Admin. Office Asst.



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 2019 Masters CDIS.Fact Sheet

  • Christine DeLisser, CDIS Graduate Assistant

    Christine DeLisser, CDIS Graduate Assistant

    My experience in the CDIS program at GSU has been truly rewarding. Faculty in the department are supportive and knowledgeable, while the structure of the program is designed to benefit academic success and strengthen professional skills. Students are at an advantage in our program because of our exposure to off campus placements that give us valuable experience in the field. After relocating from New York City to pursue my graduate degree at GSU, I could not have chosen a better program!

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    Dr. Jessica Bonner, Department Chair of CDIS

    Our Communications Disorders program is unique for two primary reasons. First, we utilize a community-based clinical training model, rather than an on-campus clinic. This means that students complete all clinical practicum experiences in a setting where the conditions are authentic to what they will experience in their future career. In these settings, they interact with real-world clients, resources, and teams of professionals. Second, our program is built around individualized planning, rather than a cohort model. Our flexible course scheduling options accommodate the needs of many graduate students who have demanding lives outside of the classroom.

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