What could be more important in life than the ability to communicate? To speak and to be understood. For a variety of reasons -- disease, disability,injury or age -- some people find communication a constant struggle. That's where you, the speech language pathologist, come in, bringing communication therapies to a wide range of speech-language-hearing disorders. GSU's Department of Communication Disorders offers outstanding Communication Disorders programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Best of all, you can complete your program part-time, so you can still work and live your life.


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The Master of Health Science (MHS) in

Communication Disorders: Your Entry-Level Degree

The entry level degree you must obtain to become a Speech Language Pathologist is the Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders.

Admission is competitive — and for good reason. Our Master's program provides thorough preparation for entry into the field and meets the academic requirements for the profession's national certification, as well as Illinois' professional and public school licensure. 


 See linked page for How to Apply  — MHS in Communication Disorders:

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) in Communication Disorders:

Your Pre-Professional Preparation

Because the entry-level degree for Speech-Language-Pathologists is the Master of Health Science degree,  you will receive everything you need to enter the MHS program through the Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Consider This:  The BHS as Your Second Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders is the required undergraduate degree for entry into the MHS in Communication Disorders program.  But what if your bachelor's is in another discipline? Explore the BHS in Communication Disorders as a second bachelor's degree.



Department of Communication Disorders Long-Term Strategic Plan

The Department of Communication Disorders has developed a seven-year strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2021 that is congruent with the university's strategic plan and priorities. The program's current strategic plan is available at the link below.
 CDIS Strategic Plan 2021-2025

CDIS News and Events :


We wanted to make everyone aware that our student chapter of the speech, language and hearing association (NSSLHA) hosted a pediatric book drive over the Spring and Summer 2022 semesters in honor of the Family Development Center (FDC) here at GSU!  

We collected new and gently used books that were appropriate for the age-level of the FDC kiddos and also that were rich in language in order to promote literacy and learning. Our NSSLHA chapter also presented the FDC with a bookshelf and bookmarks for FDC families and staff. This begins the FDC's Parent Resource Library, established by GSU NSSLHA students, who will become future speech-language pathologists! 

Members of NSSLHA and CDIS faculty presented our "loot" to the FDC on Tuesday, 11/22, before the holiday break. We think this would make a wonderful story for the Agora!  See attached photos of the event!

The CDIS department is so proud of our connection with our GSU community partners, especially the FDC.

Thank you for reading!




Angela M. Riccelli, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Speech-Language Pathologist

Department of Communication Disorders

Governors State University

 CDIS would like to congratulate the FIRST recipients of the CDIS Lowe-Hildebrand-Lubinsky (LHL) Scholarship - Jassmin Dhillon and Carolina Serrato.  

 Students Bio's and Comments

The LHL Scholarship was created in honor of the founding members of the MHS in Communication Disorders Department - John Lowe III, Susanne Hildebrand, and Jay Lubinsky.  The LHL Scholarship is a legacy tribute in their honor that is used to provide financial assistance to CDIS students.  

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