The University of Washington and SPHSC Department's admission policy provides for a selective admission process with the objective of attracting students who demonstrate the strongest prospects for high quality academic work. This admissions 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.
The Department has a capacity constrained admissions process for its undergraduate major. Prospective students should carefully read our eligibility and applications instructions.
**Speech and Hearing Undergraduate Advising is temporarily suspending in-person meetings with students.The SPHSC Advising Office will close in-office services until further notice. You may reach us for general questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In light of the closure of all UW offices, students applying for the SPHSC major for Winter 2021 by deadline, should submit undergraduate major applications as directed below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Transfer Students applying for Winter 2021 will need to use the hard copy application listed below and must email the application and (unofficial) transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not fax or send via postal mail.
Online Application Form
Current UW Students Only - Applicants for Winter 2021 and later may use our new online application form.
This form will require you to sign into google using your UW NetID. To do so, use your full UW email as your google login (email@example.com) then continue. The system will take you to a normal UW authentication screen then direct you back to your google form.
|Entry Date||Application Deadline|
|Winter 2021*||October; 3rd Monday of Autumn Quarter|
|Autumn 2021||April; 3rd Monday of Spring Quarter|
|Autumn 2022||April; 3rd Monday of Spring Quarter|
|Autumn 2023||April; 3rd Monday of Spring Quarter|
We highly recommend that students start Autumn quarter. Acceptance in any quarter other than Autumn of Junior Year will likely delay graduation, due to the sequential nature of our classes.
*Effective Autumn 2021 and beyond, only Autumn quarter applications will be accepted. Thus:
- Winter quarter 2021 will be the last Winter entry quarter for majors (applications are due October 19, 2020)
- Spring quarter 2021 will not be available for application.
- Autumn quarter 2021 is the next Autumn Quarter available for application.
Use the SPHSC Transfer Student Application template.
|Entry Date||Application Deadline|
|Winter 2021*||September 1, 2020|
|Autumn 2021||February 15, 2021|
|Autumn 2022||February 15, 2022|
|Autumn 2023||February 15, 2023|
The SPHSC Department will accept transfer student applications for Winter quarter 2021 entry. We highly recommend that transfer students apply for Autumn quarter entry. Acceptance in any quarter other than Autumn of Junior Year will likely delay graduation, due to the sequential nature of our classes.
*Effective 2021 and beyond, only Autumn quarter applications will be accepted. Thus, Winter quarter 2021 will be the last Winter entry quarter for transfer students (applications are due 9/1/2020).
All applicants are required to submit the following items by the established deadline. Please complete all the required components.
- SPHSC application (all pages)
- Personal Statement
- College transcripts (photocopies and unofficial copies are acceptable)
Questions: refer all application questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions Committee Process
Admission to the major is capacity constrained. Meeting the criteria below guarantees consideration but not admission. The admissions committee evaluates each application by examining the strength of each component:
- Grade Point Average(s)
- Performance in the five out-of-department prerequisite courses
- Performance in any prior communication sciences and disorders or linguistics coursework, including any SPHSC Department courses
- Personal statement reflecting your interest and commitment to the field of speech, language, and hearing sciences
- Additional evidence of a commitment to becoming a Speech and Hearing Sciences major
UW student applicants will be notified via email as follows:
- Autumn quarter decisions will be communicated no later than the sixth week of Spring quarter
- Winter quarter decisions will be communicated no later than the sixth week of Autumn quarter
- Spring quarter decisions will be communicated no later than the sixth week of Winter quarter
Transfer student applicants will be notified via email as follows:
- Autumn quarter decisions will be communicated in April
- Winter quarter decisions will be communicated in November
Other Important Information
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 study 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
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. Juniors starting the major in Spring quarter should anticipate a delayed graduation; the major takes 6 quarters to complete and there is no way to catch up.
If you are currently a SOPHOMORE or 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. Sophomores should plan to apply during Spring quarter for an Autumn quarter start in the major.