Postbaccalauareate Program
Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Speech & Hearing Sciences Postbaccalaureate degree program is limited to approximately 25 students each year. The application process is competitive and candidates must meet the following entrance requirements in order to apply.

Required / Bachelor’s Degree

All applicants MUST have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. If you have any reason to believe that your institution may not be accredited, or if it is a relatively new university or college, please contact University of Washington Office of Admissions to verify your degree.

Required / English Language Proficiency
(International Students Only)

Admissions to the SPHSC Postbac program will follow the University of Washington policies and guidelines for international students. All international students are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to the UW using UW’s Institution Code (4854). Exams must be taken on or before the February 15th deadline.

More detailed information on the English proficiency requirement and exceptions can be found on the UW Office of Admissions website. We encourage international students to carefully read this information before applying.

Optional / Basic Science & Statistics Coursework
(Strongly Recommended)

The courses listed below ARE NOT a requirement for admissions. However, they are a requirement for the Postbac B.S. degree and for clinical certification in speech-language pathology and audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

When possible, we strongly encourage Postbac applicants and accepted Postbac students to complete the following undergraduate basic science and statistics coursework before coming to the UW. Due to the intensity of the Postbac program timeline and curriculum, adding this coursework to the degree program will result in additional expenses for students and may result in extending your time at the UW. Whether courses are taken at the UW or another institution, students must complete these requirements for graduate level study in speech and hearing science.

For the B.S. degree, Postbac students must complete a minimum of one course in each of the following areas, and the courses must be taken outside of a speech and hearing sciences or communication disorders department. These ASHA coursework requirements are outlined in detail on the Postbac Curriculum web page.

Statistics: 3-5 credit College-level Statistics course that is not remedial, historical, or methodological in nature.

Biological Science: 3-5 credit Course related to human or animal science. We recommend Anatomy & Physiology. The course does not need a lab component.

Social/Behavioral Science: 3-5 credit Course in the social and behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses are in the areas of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health.

Physical Science: 3-5 credit Course in either Physics or Chemistry. The course does not need a lab component.