Communication Sciences Disorders is both an academic department and a professional preparatory program with a dual focus on academic and clinical education. Graduates of CSD graduate level degree programs are qualified for professional positions in private and public clinical settings and in academic settings. The overall mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide a high-quality, student-focused education that prepares students to be ethical, engaged, compassionate, and accomplished professionals.
Our clinic mirrors our academic programs in terms of excellence and strength and is a vital and critical component of our programs; this is the training ground for our student clinicians. We offer a wide range of speech-language pathology and audiology services to clients of every age and provide our students with an excellent foundation of clinical knowledge and skills.
The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) is a four-year post baccalaureate degree program. This degree consists 54 hours of academic credit hours, 26 clinical credit hours, and 6 hours of Capstone Independent Study.
In the AuD program, graduate student clinicians typically participate in four or five semesters of on-campus Clinic. As students proceed through on-campus clinical education experiences and demonstrate proficiency in clinical competencies, they become eligible for mini off-campus clinical experiences in conjunction with their last three semesters of on-campus Clinic. The culminating clinical experience for AuD graduate student clinicians is the completion of a year-long clinical residency that begins in the summer of the third year and ends in the spring of the fourth year. Upon graduation, students should demonstrate mastery of the clinical competencies necessary for practice as an independent beginning professional in the field of audiology.
Point of Pride
The Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is one of the largest in the Midwest, with more than 12,000 patient visits per year.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a doctoral 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
- 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 Admissions@IllinoisState.edu 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 complete:
- The application to Illinois State University’s Graduate School and submit payment
- An application through CSDCAS, submit all required documentation to this platform, and submit payment
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)
- Resume (CSDCAS)
- Fall (August) Term — January 15
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
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 continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.