Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence

Individuals interested in professional employment as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must earn a graduate degree in speech-language pathology (M.A. or M.S.) or audiology (Au.D.).

The Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence in speech-language pathology and audiology at Western Michigan University is designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than communication disorders or speech pathology and audiology and wish to prepare for future graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Upon completion of the two semester sequence, students will have completed the prerequisite coursework necessary for application to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. Completion of the sequence does not guarantee admission into Western Michigan University's graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Typical Course Sequence

Fall Courses

  • SPPA 2030 Normal Lang. Acquisition 3cr.
  • SPPA 2040 Phonetics 3cr.
  • SPPA 2041 Phonetics Lab 1cr.
  • SPPA 2070 Clinic Laboratory (includes 25 hours of clinic observation) 3cr.
  • SPPA 3580 Disorders of Hearing: ID & Mgmt. 3cr.

Spring Courses

  • SPPA 2050 Speech Anatomy & Physiology 3cr.
  • SPPA 2060 Hearing Science 3cr.
  • SPPA 3510 Phonemic Disorders 2cr.
  • SPPA 3540 Language Disorders in Children 3cr.
  • SPPA 4560 Rehabilitation Audiology 3cr.


Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Sequence is managed by a central application system, CSDCAS. Here, you will find access to the CSDCAS website where you can make your application.  In addition, you must apply directly to Western Michigan University's Office of Admissions.  

Note:  Those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in audiology (Au.D.) may be eligible to apply directly to that graduate program rather than completing the Post-Baccalaureate Program and should seek advising from the graduate program coordinator in audiology prior to applying to the post-baccalaureate sequence.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0*
  • Minimum grade of B* in both:
    • An introductory course in communication sciences and disorders, human growth and development, or child psychology.  A course in communication sciences and disorders is strongly recommended.
    • A college writing course
  • Minimum grade of B* in the following (must have taken at least two of these courses):
    • A college biological science course (1000 level or higher); biology or genetics recommended
    • A college physical science course (1000 level or higher); physics or physics of sound recommended
    • A college statistics course (1000 level or higher)      
    • A college behavioral sciences course (1000 level or higher); psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, etc.
  • Documented observation of a practicing speech-language pathologist or audiologist; 10 hour minimum
  • Documented volunteer experience in a healthcare, educational, or relevant research setting; 10 hour minimum
  • Personal Statement (to be submitted in CSDCAS) addressing: 1) reasons you have decided upon a career in speech-language pathology or audiology; 2) any plans you have for advanced education, and eventual professional objectives including job settings and disorder types of interest; 3) reasons why you are applying to Western Michigan University; and 4) any ways in which your admission might further the department’s interest in promoting diversity of background and experience within the profession
  • Letters of Recommendation from 3 individuals who can address your readiness and potential as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. At least one letter should be from someone who is familiar with your academic work

All application materials must be received no later than January 15th to be considered for the Post-Baccalaureate Program starting in the Fall semester of that calendar year.  Decisions regarding acceptance into the program will be determined no later than April 15, with notification made by mail

*Application to this program is competitive and enrollment is limited.  Only the strongest applicants are admitted each year; competitive applicants will hold an undergraduate GPA and grades that are higher than the stated minimums.