MA Program for those with Non-Speech Undergraduate Degrees

The MA in Speech-language Pathology for non-speech undergraduate degrees, known as the Post-Baccalaureate Program, was designed for persons wishing to enter the profession of speech-language pathology, but whose undergraduate major was in another field.

Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Program, including the master's degree, usually requires 33 months of full-time study.

Conditional Admission and Prerequisite Courses

Students wishing to participate in the Post-Baccalaureate Program apply to the master's degree program and may be granted "conditional admission" to the graduate program. Conditional admission requires that students complete eight prerequisite courses (scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

Completion of this program, including the master's degree, requires seven semesters of full-time study. Any questions about admission into the Post-Baccalaureate Program can be directed to Professor Michael Bamdad at, the Chair of Admissions.

SPHR Typical Course of Post-Baccalaureate Study (As of Fall 2009)


SPHR 2104 Speech and Language Disorders (3)
SPHR 2105 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
SPHR 2107 Acoustics (3)
SPHR 2130 Phonetics and Phonological Disorders (3)
SPHR 2105.3 Anatomy Lab
SPHR 2107.3 Acoustic Phonetics Lab


SPHR 2106 Anatomy and Physiology lI (4)
SPHR 2108 Introduction to Audiology (3)
SPHR 4119 Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders (3)
SPHR 2131 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
SPHR 2106.3 Anatomy Lab

You will complete 25 clinical clock hours of supervised observation during this year.

Courses Required by ASHA at Undergraduate Level (for those who will apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology):

3 credits of Biological Sciences
3 credits of Physical Sciences (typically Chemistry or Physics)
3 credits of Statistics
3 credits of Social/Behavioral Science


No classes


You join the "first year" class and take the graduate program curriculum

GW Speech and Center Helps Campus Community and Beyond

GW Speech and Center Helps Campus Community and Beyond

Walking around the Foggy Bottom campus, you may not realize that an unassuming street level entrance at the corner of 21st and G Streets leads to GW's state-of-the art Speech and Hearing Center. Within its 16 multifaceted treatment, training, and conference rooms, faculty and staff certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association have been providing a full range of speech, language, and hearing services for individuals with communication disorders for more than 64 years.

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