Apply to the Postbaccalaureate Program

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) conducts a yearly admissions process to the Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) program. All applications for this year must be received by February 15, 2024.

The SPHSC department has a competitive admissions process and students should carefully read our eligibility and applications instructions. The University of Washington and SPHSC Department's selective admission policy supports the objective of attracting students who demonstrate the strongest prospects for high quality academic work. This selective admission process shall assure that the University's educational opportunities shall be open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. The process of admission shall be mindful of the need for diversity in the student body and for qualified individuals from all segments of the population.

Application 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 by the February 15th deadline. Applicants must submit the required application materials to both parties, as admission to SPHSC Postbac program is contingent upon admission to University of Washington.

To apply, follow these instructions:

  1. Apply to the UW Office of Admissions by completing the following steps:
    1. Complete the online UW Postbaccalaureate Application
      1. Indicate the major as “Speech and Hearing Sciences” - “SPHSCX-00-15”
      2. Select “Autumn Quarter” as the quarter of entry. Summer Quarter is not available as quarter of entry.
    2. Save a PDF of the online application and your statement of purpose for inclusion with your SPHSC application
    3. Submit your online application to the UW and pay the application fee
    4. Send all official transcripts to the UW Office of Admissions

    Special Instructions:

    On the UW Office of Admissions 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.

  2. Apply to the SPHSC Department by completing the following steps:
    1.  Complete the online SPHSC Postbaccalaureate Application
      1. Scan and save a PDF of the UW Office of Admissions application. This serves as a confirmation to us that you have completed step one and directly apply to the UW Office of Admissions and may be requested during the application process.
      2. Upload your Statement of Purpose for the SPHSC Postbac program
      3. Scan and upload all unofficial transcripts to the application* See below for details
      4. Upload your resume or a document summarizing your work and/or volunteer experience
      5. Provide email addresses for three people your are designating to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf in the SPHSC Postbaccalaureate Recommendation system
    2. Submit your online application to the SPHSC department (there is no fee)

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.

SPHSC Transcripts

  • For SPHSC (our application), we do not want emails, or hard or electronic copies sent via email or to the department.
  • We want students to upload a pdf of their transcripts and include it within their application submission.
  • Again, it can be a pdf of an unofficial or official transcript, but we don't want a hard copy or email sent to the SPHSC department or advisor.
  • We want it to be uploaded within their application.  It could be an unofficial (if it is legible and shows students name) or official (if you have a hard copy, then scan it, safe as pdf)
  • If the applicant does not have current access to their college transcripts, then the applicant will want to contact each school/college and have an official transcript mailed (emailed /or postal mail) to themselves. Then download that copy and safe as a pdf to upload or open the hard copy and scan and save that copy as a pdf to upload within the SPHSC Postbac online application.

Incomplete Applications

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. 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
  • Applicants apply to the SPHSC Department, but not to UW Admissions
  • Applicants apply for admission for Summer, Winter or Spring quarters (rather than Autumn quarter).
  • Applicants apply without having the required five prerequisites coursework in-progress and/or completed.