Post-Baccalaureate Program


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The post-baccalaureate program prepares aspiring speech-language pathologists who do not have a speech or hearing undergraduate degree for graduate study in this field. Post-baccalaureate students gain hands-on experience with diagnostic materials, case management and clinical observations.

Successful completion of the post-baccalaureate program’s nine required courses (26 credit hours) guarantees entry into GW’s Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology program. Completion of both programs requires seven semesters of full-time study. 

Questions? Contact the SLHS Chair of Admissions.


Course of Study

Credits indicated in parentheses.

SPHR 2104 Speech and Language Disorders (3)
SPHR 2105 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing I (3)
SPHR 2107 Acoustics (3)
SPHR 2135 Language: Structure, Meaning and Use (3)
SPHR 2136 Phonetics (2)

SPHR 2106 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech & Hearing lI (3)
SPHR 2108 Introduction to Audiology (3)
SPHR 4119 Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders (Clinical Methods) (3)
SPHR 2131 Language Acquisition and Development (3)

These courses are required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for those who wish to 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

Post-baccalaureate students join the “first-year” MA class and begin the graduate program curriculum.



Post-Baccalaureate Course Requirements

To participate in the post-baccalaureate program, students apply to the MA in Speech-Language Pathology and may be granted conditional admission to the master's program. In order to maintain "conditional admission" status, post-baccalaureate students must complete nine prerequisite courses, scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B- in each course; no other grades, including I (Incomplete), W (Authorized Withdraw) or Z (Unauthorized Withdraw), are acceptable.

The credits earned in the post-baccalaureate program count toward the master’s degree program and grades for those courses are included in the student's cumulative GPA. Once the student completes the required courses, they are guaranteed entry into the MA program. Applicants may be eligible to transfer prerequisite credits previously completed; such cases will be reviewed on an individual basis during the admissions process. 

In addition, all post-baccalaureate students perform 25 hours of clinical observation, as mandated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), before beginning clinical practica.

SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2108Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2131Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2135Language: Structure, Meaning, and Use
SPHR 2136Phonetics
SPHR 4119Principles and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology