The Postbaccalaureate Bachelor of Science program at the University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is designed for students who want to pursue a clinical Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, but currently hold a degree outside the speech, language and hearing sciences discipline.

Individuals who earned a bachelor's degree or another advanced degree in a discipline other than speech and hearing sciences (also referred to as communication sciences or disorders) are not qualified to apply directly to a Master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Completion of the 5 quarter Postbaccalaureate program provides students from outside disciplines with the necessary academic foundation in normal hearing, speech and language development, speech acoustics, physiology and perception, hearing, as well as the nature of language, speech and hearing disorders in children and adults and the clinical processes involved in the identification, prevention and remediation of these disorders.

Students completing the intensive Postbaccalaureate program earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from a top-ranked university and can apply directly to any Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology, including the two Master of Science degree programs at the University of Washington. While completion of the University of Washington Postbaccalaureate program does not guarantee admission into the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Master of Science programs, it does qualify students for consideration.

All students accepted into the SPHSC Postbaccalaureate program must do the following:

  1. Meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to establish an academic plan
  2. Complete introductory coursework requirements
  3. Complete Postbac course requirements