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.

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 linked page for How to Apply  — 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.

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.


 The Department of Communication Disorder Long-Term Plan


The Department of Communication Disorders has developed a seven-year strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2025 that is congruent with the university's strategic plan and priorities. The program's current strategic plan is available at the link below.
 CDIS Strategic Plan 2021-2025

The Department of Communication Disorders (CDIS)

 News and Events

Stroke Support: 

 2023 Stroke Support Group  Meetings - Information and RSVP       

The Department of Communication Disorders is hosting a 2023 Alumni and Friends Gala:


Alumni and friends please join the Department of Communication Disorders at the Chicago Yacht Club, Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline while reminiscing with classmates, professors, and friends.  The theme of the Alumni and Friends Galais ~Giving and Gratitude~ as we express our gratitude to alums and friends for past giving and cast a vision for the future.  Gala proceeds and donations will help fund the CDIS Lowe-Hildebrand-Lubinsky Scholarship.  To register, sponsor, or for more information contact, Jessica Bonner, Chair, Department of Communication Disorders (jbonner@govst.edu).

The Lowe-Hildebrand-Lubinsky (LHL) Scholarship Fund:


The LHL  Scholarship was created to lessen the financial barriers for students who desire to become speech-language pathologists in order to help individuals with communication and swallowing difficulties.  The founders devoted their careers in service to the CDIS program, students, and the community.  Your gift/donation will be an investment in the future of CDIS students.  To learn more about the founders click here:  LHL Scholarship Founders

CDIS congratulates the FIRST recipients of the CDIS Lowe-Hildebrand-Lubinsky (LHL) Scholarship - Jassmin Dhillon and Carolina Serrato. Students Bio's and Comments    


Donate to LHL Scholarship 

 (see CHHS Gift Fund drop down to select LHL )


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