In order to apply to the Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

1. Citizenship & Visa Status

The department accepts applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), immigrants and international applicants. Admission requirements and application procedures are the same for all applicants regardless of residency, citizenship and visa status.

International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the UW. This status includes temporary U.S. visas such as F-1 student visas, J-1 exchange visitors, H-1 temporary worker, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications. Students who will study on an F-1 or J-1 visa will be required to complete additional steps after confirming their intention to enroll before the UW can process their visa paperwork. Consult the International Student Services website to find out more.

Please note, in order for students to be considered state residents for tuition purposes, they first must be able to prove that they are U.S. citizens, have U.S. permanent resident cards, or have a qualifying visa (A, E, G, H1, I, K or L). For questions concerning how to establish residency in Washington State, please contact the Residence Classification Office at 206-543-5932, or visit the UW Residency Office Website.

2. Bachelor’s degree

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

3. English Proficiency

All applicants must satisfy the University’s English language proficiency requirement (ELPR). Applicants may enroll at the UW with one of the following qualifying tests or programs:

4. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)

To be considered for admission, applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. Please note that competitive applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B) in the prerequisite undergraduate Speech and Hearing coursework with no single course graded less than 2.0 (C). It is highly recommended that all prerequisite coursework grades be at 2.5 or above.

5. Prerequisite Coursework

In order to apply to the Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) program, students must complete the introductory coursework outlined below. In many instances, Postbac students will have already completed most, if not all of these undergraduate requirements, in conjunction with their first bachelor’s degree.

Please note that these courses are not only prerequisites for applying to the Postbac program, but a requirement of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for certification in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students intending to pursue professional graduate study must complete this coursework at the undergraduate level before applying to graduate programs. (More information on certification requirements can be found on the ASHA website).

Please note that courses cannot be in progress at the time of application; courses must be complete in order to apply (see note below)*. See the Undergraduate Advisor with any questions about these course requirements.

  1. Statistics Coursework
    Students must complete at least one 3 - 5 credit college-level Statistics course. Students cannot use any remedial, historical, or methodological statistics courses to meet this requirement.
  2. Biological Science Coursework
    Students must complete at least one 3 - 5 credit introductory course in human- or animal-based biological science, anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science course. Acceptable courses are at the 100-level or above and the course does not need a lab component.
  3. Social/Behavioral Science Coursework
    Students must complete at least one 3 - 5 credit introductory course in the social and behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses are at the 100-level or above in the areas of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health.
  4. Physical Science Coursework
    Students must complete at least one 3 - 5 credit introductory physical science course in either Physics or Chemistry. Acceptable courses are at the 100-level or above and the course does not need a lab component.
  5. Linguistics Coursework
    Students must complete at least one 3 - 5 credit introductory linguistics course that provides knowledge of phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

Courses used to fulfill these out-of-department requirements must have the following attributes:

  • They must be taken outside the Speech & Hearing Sciences department
  • They must appear by name and number on the student’s official college transcript with a final grade
  • They must be taken for a numeric grade
  • Students must achieve a grade of at least 2.0

In lieu of specific courses, these requirements may also be satisfied by Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit. However, students must have transcript record of these credits. CLEP or DSST examinations for credit are NOT accepted for these requirements.


We recognize that prospective applicants for the upcoming year may not meet the new Postbac program admission requirements. Thus, for Summer 2019 applicants only, we will accept applications in the absence of completed prerequisite courses.The courses can be planned, in progress, or completed concurrently with the Postbac program.

Please note that these courses are still required for the B.S. degree program, and any accepted Postbac student will be required to complete these courses in order to graduate with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. These courses may be taken at the UW or at another University or community college, but will result in additional costs to the student if not completed prior to enrolling.

The five, prerequisite courses in statistics, biological, physical, and social/behavioral science, and linguistics, must be completed with official transcripts submitted by Spring 2020. Students may take these courses at any time, either inside or outside the UW. They must be completed, however, in order to graduate with the bachelor’s degree and be eligible to apply to graduate programs.