Postbaccalaureate Program
How To Apply


  1. This year's application deadline of 2/15/2016 falls on a holiday Monday.

  2. The University of Washington Online Admission Application MUST be submitted by 2/15/2016.

  3. Hard copy items sent to the SPHSC Department MUST be received or postmarked by 2/16 (Tuesday) for your application to be considered by us. Late items (items postmarked after 2/16) will not be accepted.

  4. The SPHSC Advisor will not be in on Friday, February 12, 2016.  UW Admissions and the SPHSC Department are closed Saturday 2/13, Sunday 2/14 and Monday 2/15 (national holiday). Anyone with questions or requiring assistance MUST contact us PRIOR to 2/12 for admissions assistance or troubleshooting.
    • UW Admissions hours are from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm weekdays.
    • UW SPHSC Postbac Advisors hours are from 7:30 am to 3:50 pm weekdays

  5. We strongly suggest (but do not require) that you submit your application materials to us by Friday, 2/12/2016 in case there are any questions or issues with your application.

Timing Your Application

The Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) Bachelor of Science program in Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is completed over five quarters. It begins during Summer quarter (typically the last week in June) and concludes at the end of the following Summer quarter (typically the third week of August). The department only accepts applications to the Postbac program for a Summer quarter start. You may not start this program Autumn quarter so please do not apply to the program if you cannot attend classes starting in June. Visit the UW Academic Calendar to learn the exact dates of instruction.

Application Deadline

Applications to the Postbac program are due February 15th each year. Applicants access the Postbac application on the UW Office of Admissions website each December. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required application materials are received by the February 15th deadline.

Decision Notification Timeline

Admission decisions for the SPHSC Postbac program are not conducted on a rolling basis. The Speech and Hearing Sciences selection committee reviews applications after the February 15th deadline and decision letters are sent to applicants in mid-March.

Application Materials & Submission Process

The application process for the Postbac program requires two steps. Applicants will submit materials to both the UW Office of Admissions and the SPHSC Department. Applicants must submit the required application materials to both parties, and admission to Postbac program is contingent upon admission to UW.

UW Admissions and the SPHSC department each have their own specific application requirements. Neither office will supply the other with any part of the required materials. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed and applicants cannot be considered under any of the following circumstances:

  • Applicants apply to UW Admissions, but not to the SPHSC Department
  • Applicant apply to the SPHSC Department, but not to UW Admissions
  • Applicants apply for admission during Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters (rather than Summer quarter)

To apply, follow these instructions:

  1. Apply to the UW Office of Admissions by completing the following steps:
    1. Complete the online Postbac application
      1. Indicate the major as “Speech and Hearing Sciences,”
      2. Select “Summer quarter” as the quarter of entry
    2. Print a hard copy of the online application (including the Statement of Purpose) for inclusion on your SPHSC application
    3. Submit your online application to the UW and pay the $60 application fee
    4. Send all official transcripts to the UW Office of Admissions
  2. Apply by postal mail to the SPHSC Department by submitting the following items:
    1. Hard copy of the application submitted to the UW Office of Admissions
    2. Hard copy of the Statement of Purpose submitted to the UW Office of Admissions
    3. All official transcripts
    4. Resume or document summarizing applicant’s work and/or volunteer experience
    5. Three (3) letters of recommendation using the SPHSC Postbac Reference form

    Application materials must be postmarked by February 15 and sent to:

    University of Washington
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Attn: Undergraduate Advisor
    1417 N.E. 42nd St.
    Box 354875
    Seattle, WA 98105-6246

Special Application Instructions

UW Office of Admissions Application:

On this application, there is a section titled, “Statement of Purpose”. Please do not answer the questions listed on the application; this is a general application intended for many different majors and program at the UW. Rather, tailor your statement to the Speech & Hearing Sciences Selection Committee, telling us why you want to pursue a career in this field and what you have done to prepare for this program of study.

SPHSC Department Application:

  • For your application to be considered, the hard copies of the UW Admissions application and Statement of Purpose must be legible and complete with no text cut off.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Applicants should only send recommendation letters to the SPHSC department; do not send them to UW Admissions office.
    • Carefully read and complete the top section of the SPHSC recommendation form before giving it to your recommender.
    • Letters of recommendation may be sent to the SPHSC department by the applicant or mailed directly by the reference/recommender.
    • We prefer that all letters of recommendation are completed using the Speech & Hearing Sciences recommendation form.
    • If your reference does not want to complete the SPHSC reference form, then the department will accept a letter in its place. Our preference, however, is that all recommenders use this form when possible.
  • We prefer that you do not contact the SPHSC Office to verify that your application materials have arrived. SPHSC staff will contact individuals with missing application materials at the end of January/beginning of February. If you do not hear from us, you can assume your application has been received and is complete.