Application Information for Graduate Programs in CSD

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Requirements for Admission

International applicants: Request that official evaluations of transcripts from all foreign institutions be sent to CSDCAS as follows:

Proficiency in English

Following admission to a graduate program in the CSD Department, all students complete a speech-language and hearing screening to determine if they possess the verbal and auditory skills necessary to support learning in the classroom and the ability to provide professional speech-language pathology or audiology services in the English language. If it is determined that an individual student’s English proficiency impairs his or her ability to learn, and/or provide successful diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients, the Clinic Director and the Directors of Clinical Experiences will work with the English Language Institute to identify remediations and accommodations to support the student in his/her attempt to succeed in the program.

SLP Applicants

Application Deadline is January 1st.

Essay prompt (Upload a response to the essay prompt in the Questions section of CSDCAS):

Please respond to the following prompt in 350 words (2250 characters) or less.

Describe a time in your life when you had to manage a challenge. What was the outcome and how did you deal with it?

Video Clip component (Upload a video clip response to the prompt in the Questions section of CSDCAS):

Please create a 2- to 3-minute video that shares an experience that changed/shaped your thinking or actions. We would like you to tell us how and why it changed you.

Once the video clip is complete, ONLY the URL of the video will be posted into the CSDCAS application.

Coursework requirements for those without a degree in CSD:

Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorder will ONLY be considered for admission if transcripts reflect a minimum of 15 hours of graded CSD coursework from a four-year institution. See the following prerequisite list for requirements.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (CSD 155)
  • Language Development/Disorders (CSD 175/275/321)
  • Neurobasis (CSD 210)
  • Phonetics (CSD 215)
  • Speech & Hearing Science (CSD 248/249)
  • Audiology (CSD 350)
  • Aural Rehabilitation (CSD 351)

All admitted students will need to complete content in the following areas before or during the MS program.

  • Statistics (ASHA requirement)
  • Biology (ASHA requirement)
  • Chemistry or Physics (ASHA requirement)
  • Developmental Psychology/Child Growth and Development (IL ISBE requirement)
  • Exceptional Learner (Introduction to Special Education) (IL ISBE requirement)

AUD Applications:

Application deadline is January 1st.

Essay prompt (Upload a response to the essay prompt in the Questions section of CSDCAS):

Please respond to the following prompt in 750 words (4500 characters) or less.

What motivates you to pursue a career in audiology? Why are you interested in attending Illinois State University? In addition, write about any of your experiences related to working with children or adults or your participation in research opportunities.

Interview Process:

Selected applicants will be asked to travel to campus to participate in an onsite interview. On that day, applicants should expect a personal interview with two faculty members/clinical educators and a graduate student. Additional activities on the day of the interview will include a facility and campus tour, social event with faculty and clinical educators, and some time to meet with current graduate students. Selected applicants will receive further information about the planned events on interview day at later date.

Coursework requirements for those without a degree in CSD:

Before beginning the AuD program, students must have completed course content covering the following areas:

  • CSD 249 Hearing Science
  • CSD 350 Audiology
  • CSD 351 Aural Rehabilitation

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by 10:59 PM CT on January 1, 2021. Program Materials do not have to be received by the deadline date. We allow a couple weeks past the deadline for materials to arrive.

**Incomplete applications will not be considered.