Undergraduate Major
How To Apply

Timing Your Application

The Speech and Hearing Sciences major is completed over six quarters, typically beginning Autumn quarter of the student’s Junior year. The department only accepts applications to the major during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. No applications are accepted during Summer quarter.

The department does not allow students to start the major any earlier than Spring quarter of Sophomore year. While the department will accept applications from students during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters of their Junior and Senior years, starting the major later than Autumn quarter of Junior year will extend your UW program of study.

Application Deadlines

Applications to the Speech and Hearing Sciences major are due the third Monday of the quarter preceding the quarter of desired admission. See the UW Academic Calendar for dates of instruction. Please note that applications for Autumn Quarter are accepted only in the Spring Quarter. No applications are accepted during Summer quarter.

  • Autumn Quarter Start - the application deadline is the 3rd Monday of Spring Quarter
  • Winter Quarter Start – the application deadline is the 3rd Monday of Autumn Quarter
  • Spring Quarter Start – the application deadline is the 3rd Monday of Winter Quarter

Eligibility Requirements for the SPHSC Major

Admission to the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences major is competitive. Eligible applicants are required to provide evidence of:

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 credits
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

Please note that demonstration of the minimum GPA guarantees consideration, but not always admission, to the major.

Additionally, competitive applicants to the SPHSC major should also provide:

  • A compelling personal statement which provides evidence of a commitment to entering the major (e.g., prior SPHSC coursework, relevant volunteer, research, or observation experience, relevant personal experience, etc.)

Application Materials & Submission Process

All applicants are required to submit the following items by the established deadline:

  1. A completed and signed SPHSC departmental application, which includes the following sections:

    1. Contact information
    2. Academic background
    3. Current GPA and credits
    4. List of prior SPHSC courses
    5. Personal Statement

  2. College transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the established deadlines.

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

Special Application Instructions

Background section

  • Please identify if you have already declared another major and what it is.
  • If you are not currently in another major, please be sure to indicate your status as “pre-major”.
  • If you know you want a double degree or double major (see “Other Important Information” below), please list that on the application. If you are unsure, you can leave it blank and decide later.

Personal Statement

  • Please limit your personal statement to 250 words - double spaced, with a 10-12 point font.
  • We want to know why you want to pursue this major, including courses and/or experiences that have influenced your decision to apply.

Other Important Information

All Speech & Hearing Sciences majors are required to fulfill University of Washington and College of Arts & Sciences requirements for graduation: Requirement Worksheet

Double Degrees & Double Majors

If you are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major and you now want to major in Speech and Hearing Sciences, be aware that this is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Thus, if admitted to the SPHSC major, you will be pursuing a double degree (B.A. /B.S.), which requires a mandatory 225 credits total. This requirement cannot be waived.

If you are currently pursuing another B.S. major, and you are admitted to the Speech and Hearing Sciences major, the combination is considered a double major, requiring a minimum of 180 credits.

If you are currently a SENIOR

If you are thinking about starting, adding or switching to this degree and you are a Senior (in credits), your program of student at the UW will be extended by 6 quarters.

  • There is no way to “fast track” our major. It takes two years—even if you have nothing but SPHSC courses to complete— because we only offer courses once a year. We are a very small department and courses must be taken in a certain sequence with certain prerequisites.

If you are currently a JUNIOR

  • If you missed the Spring quarter deadline during your Sophomore year for an Autumn quarter start, the earliest you can start the major is Winter quarter. As a Junior, you must apply by the 3rd Monday of Autumn quarter in order to start the major in Winter quarter; otherwise you will need to apply in Winter quarter for a Spring quarter start.
  • Juniors starting the major in Winter quarter may be able to catch up and graduate on time if they enroll Summer quarter. Otherwise, any late starting Juniors should anticipate a delayed graduation.

If you are currently a SOPHOMORE

  • The ideal quarter to begin the major is Autumn quarter of the Junior year. We strongly urge Sophomores to adhere to this timeline and apply during Spring quarter for an Autumn quarter start in the major.
  • If a student chooses to start the major earlier than Autumn quarter of Junior year, the earliest we will accept a Sophomore application is in Winter quarter for a Spring quarter major start.
  • Please note that we do not guarantee Sophomores admission to the major during Spring quarter, and if early admission is granted, Sophomores are not guaranteed spots in courses. Sophomores enroll for classes on a space-available basis, with Junior and Senior majors receiving registration priority.

If you are currently a FRESHMAN

You cannot apply to the major. We suggest you review the “Undergraduate FAQ” for suggested courses and activities to pursue while preparing for the major.