Speech Language Pathology
The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology at Illinois State University boasts a balanced curriculum preparing graduates for practice in all educational and health care settings. Nine required courses are supplemented by a fast growing list of electives allowing individuals to specialize in the medical, educational, or bilingual aspects of clinical practice.
Once graduate students have completed a coordinated, four-term sequence of courses and practicum, they complete their training with two full-time, 11-week internship experiences. Internship sites are selected in cooperation with, and all arrangements are made on behalf of students by the clinical coordinator in Speech-Language Pathology. The clinical coordinator maintains over 500 contracts with external sites and is continually seeking additional sites both within and outside state boundaries to meet the unique needs of each clinician.
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 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
- 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:
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program
- Personal statement (Not exceeding 500 words) (only submitted through CSDCAS)
- Apply online to Illinois State University's Graduate School and submit payment. (Note: No additional materials need to be sent to ISU at the time of application.
- Apply online through CSDCAS and submit all required information, documentation and payment.
- Summer 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.