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University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • if accepted, present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must have:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Submit three professional letters of recommendations (CSDCAS)
  • Essay (CSDCAS)
  • Video Clip (CSDCAS)

CSDCAS Application

A student applying to this program must complete an application through Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS), submit all required documentation to this platform, and pay the CSDCAS payment. After you submit your CSDCAS application, you will receive an email from Illinois State within 3 business days providing instructions on creating your Illinois State University (ILSTU) account. You will NOT need to submit another application to Illinois State University.

Note: The CSDCAS application will open on August 1 for our admission cycle.

  •  Request that official transcripts from all institutions attended be sent to CSDCAS
  • Complete all required sections in CSDCAS, including:
    • Responding to all ISU specific questions/prompts
    • Requesting 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • After you submit your CSDCAS application, you will receive an email from Illinois State about 24 hours after you submit your CSDCAS application with the next steps. Once you do, create your Illinois State University (ILSTU) account from the instructions to review your application status.

Application Deadline

Summer Term -  Application deadline is January 15th (10:59PM CST)
Applications must be completed and verified by this date/time which means applicants should have submitted the CSDCAS application and sent all transcripts to CSDCAS at least two weeks prior to this date to ensure adequate time for verification to occur.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Heidi Verticchio  Rachel Cooper 207  (309) 438-3266 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost and Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.