Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence

If you are interested in professional employment as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, you must earn a graduate degree in speech-language pathology (M.A. or M.S.) or audiology (Au.D.) for professional certification.

The Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence in speech-language pathology and audiology at Western Michigan University will prepare you for  graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. It was designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in something other than communication disorders or speech, language and hearing sciences.

After the two semester sequence, you will have completed the prerequisite coursework necessary to apply to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. Completing the sequence does not guarantee admission into WMU's graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Typical course sequence

  • Fall
    • SLHS 2030 Normal Language Acquisition 3 cr.
    • SLHS 2040 Phonetics 3 cr.
    • SLHS 2041 Phonetics Lab 1 cr.
    • SLHS 2070 Clinic Laboratory (includes 25 hours of clinic observation) 3 cr.
    • SLHS 2080 Introduction to Audiology 3 cr.
  • Spring
    • SLHS 2050: Speech Anatomy and Physiology 3 cr.
    • SLHS 2051 Speech Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1 cr.
    • SLHS 2060 Hearing Science 3 cr.
    • SLHS 4560 Rehabilitation Audiology 3 cr.


Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Sequence is managed by a central application system, CSDCAS, but you must also apply directly to WMU. Application to this program is competitive and enrollment is limited.


You must submit all application materials by January 15 in order to be considered for the following fall semester. We will make decisions about acceptance into the program no later than April 15. Accepted students will be notified by mail.

Note: The application deadline for fall 2021 has been moved to Feb. 19.

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 health care, educational, or relevant research setting; 10 hour minimum.
    Note: Documented observation & volunteer experience is waived for the 2021 application.
  • 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.