Here, you help others find their voice.

Speech-language pathologists change lives by helping people communicate—an ability many of us take for granted. Enter this rewarding and demanding field with Governors State’s Master of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders—arigorous graduate program that enables you to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent communication disorders among children and adults.


In our uniquely designed MHS in Communication Disorders program, you will obtain the skills needed to enter the profession with the background and experiences you need to step into real-world employment. Unlike most speech-language pathology programs, our MHS has been developed and accredited without its own clinic—so all of your practicum work will be completed through our network of more than 150 practicum sites, providing a wide range of real-world experiences beyond the campus and in the types of communities you’ll be working in. You’ll gain experience in medical and school settings, putting your education to the test while gaining invaluable experience—and proving your abilities.

Reach your career goals.

Speech-language pathologists can be found in schools, hospitals, and healthcare facilities across the nation. Prepare to help people of all ages—from early childhood to senior care—overcome difficulties with communication. You will work alongside other education and medical professionals, such as teachers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and physical or occupational therapists to optimize care.

The MHS in Communication Disorders curriculum meets all academic and practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, the Illinois license in Speech Language Pathology, and the Illinois State Board of Education's licensure requirements for working in Illinois public schools.

Why get a Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders?

Demand for speech-language pathologists is growing at an unprecedented rate—job growth is anticipated at 18 percent over the next decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Coupled with the field’s entry-level requirement of a master’s degree, your Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders will be your key to a fulfilling career in human services.

Data collected in 2017 reflected the median annual salary for Speech-Language Pathologists at $77,112 with an average range of $70,727– $83,902 ( Chicago’s median salary for Speech-Language Pathologists was even higher than the national at $82,049.

Delivery Format 

Achieve your master’s degree in as little as seven semesters. Governors State’s MHS is offered fully on-campus. Enroll full-time to jump-start your career, or part-time for added flexibility. 

2019 Masters CDIS.Fact Sheet


  • CHHS_MCD_Meghan Lause

    Meghan Lause, Speech Language Pathologist, CDIS Alum

    The flexibility of the Communication Disorders program allows me to balance my home life with my professional and academic pursuits. Our professors are always willing to help, and our required classroom observations have helped me connect with people in the profession who are within the community. One of my connections—also a graduate of GSU—has helped link me to other people in the field and start building a network of people. The program really gives you a taste of what your future as a Speech-Language Pathologist is going to be like.

  • Jessica Bonner

    Dr. Jessica Bonner, Department Chair of CDIS

    Our Communications Disorders program is unique for two primary reasons. First, we utilize a community-based clinical training model, rather than an on-campus clinic. This means that students complete all clinical practicum experiences in a setting where the conditions are authentic to what they will experience in their future career. In these settings, they interact with real-world clients, resources, and teams of professionals. Second, our program is built around individualized planning, rather than a cohort model. Our flexible course scheduling options accommodate the needs of many graduate students who have demanding lives outside of the classroom.

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