SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers a one-year (fall/spring) post-baccalaureate bridge program for students with completed undergraduate degrees in non-related majors that lack the necessary prerequisite coursework to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. This two-semester program (fall/spring semester) is not a degree-granting or certificate program. Students who meet the academic and clinical performance criteria upon completion of the program are guaranteed admission to the master of science degree program in speech-language pathology.

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Admission Requirements - Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Post-Baccalaureate program (SLPB) program is on a competitive basis. Due to enrollment limits, not all qualified applicants will be admitted. The minimum requirements to apply to the program are:

  1. Completed undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in undergraduate studies
  3. GRE score in the upper 50% of graduate applicants to the MS program in speech-language pathology for year of admission
  4. Personal statement and three letters of recommendation
  5. An applicant will have completed no more than two of the courses listed below so that a minimum of 19 credits of post-baccalaureate coursework will be completed within the two-semester program.

Why Speech-Language Pathology Post-Baccalaureate Program at Marquette University

  • Guaranteed admission to the graduate program at MU: Students who complete the SLPB program with a minimum of 3.5 and demonstrate good clinical abilities during the practicum course (SPPA 3964) will be granted admission to the master in speech-language pathology graduate program.
  • Put it into practice. Through Marquette’s Speech and Hearing Clinic students gain valuable clinical experience under the supervision of faculty who are certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. You may complete up to 50 clock hours working with individuals with speech/language/hearing problems through the clinic. This is a unique opportunity not available in most other post-baccalaureate programs.

Course Requirements during the two-semester program:

SPPA 1100 Anat.& Phys. of the Speech Mechanism 3 SPPA 3140 Speech Science 3
SPPA 2120 Phonetics and Phonology 3 SPPA 3510 Introduction to Audiology 3
SPPA 2130 Child Language Development 3 SPPA 3710 Intervention Methods in SLP 3
SPPA 2210 Child Language Disorders 3 SPPA 3964 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology 1
SPPA 2220 Child Speech Sound Disorders 3 Total credits: 25

Application Process

  • Complete and submit a non-degree SLPB application
  • Deadline to apply:  March 15, 2024
  • Submit GRE scores using institution code RA7435
  • The following supplemental documentation for the application needs to be sent to csd@marquette.edu:
  1. Official transcripts from all institutions ever attended (other than Marquette). If institution can’t submit electronically, then mail transcripts to:

    Marquette University – SPPA
    Cramer Hall 223
    PO Box 1881
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

    PLEASE NOTE: transcripts must be sent to the department office directly from the records office of your college(s) in order to be considered official. A photocopy delivered by the student will not be accepted

  2. Three letter of recommendation forms 

    Send the form and e-mail address (csd@marquette.edu) to your recommenders.  Forms must be received directly from recommender or will not be considered. 

  3. Critical Thinking Question form
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of purpose (maximum 1 page)
  6. TOEFL/IELTS scores (international application only)

Contact the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department directly with any questions, Jeffrey.Berry@marquette.edu or (414) 288-1406. We look forward to working with you in this process.

Tuition and Financial Aid - Individuals accepted to the SLPB program are admitted with undergraduate non-degree status and are charged on a per term flat-fee basis as outlined in the Master Fee Schedule. Individuals accepted to this program pay the same rate regardless of the number of credits taken and must obtain approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in Speech Pathology and Audiology for any plan of study that deviates from the curriculum requirements outlined below. A plan of study can include no more than one class per semester beyond the required coursework. 

HESP Program Rates - Fall 2023/Spring 2024

To view the graduate/professional cost of attendance, please visit this link.

Students completing preparatory coursework to enroll in a graduate or professional program may be eligible for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, complete a FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

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