Post-baccalaureate Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Post-baccalaureate Program?

  • The program is intended for students who already have a bachelor (or a master degree) in an area other than communication disorders.
  • Under special circumstances, an individual who has a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders that is post five years+ could apply for the Post-baccalaureate Program

Do you accept international students?

  • Yes, if qualified and if you have further question regarding application and admission process please contact Jenny Hebert, jenny.hebert@wwu.edu, 360-650-7780.

What if I have been out of school for so many years I can no longer request or obtain a letter of reference from my former professors?

  • It is highly recommended that you have a letter of reference speaking to your academic skills; however, if you are unable to obtain such a reference letter then your GPA will speak to your academics and a reference letter from a professional for whom you have worked or volunteered (particularly in related fields) would be accepted.

What if my undergraduate GPA is lower 3.0?

  • Address any extenuating circumstances relating to your undergraduate GPA in your statement of purpose.  Be aware that as you complete a Post-baccalaureate Program  application to Graduate Program is very competitive and Graduate Programs are looking for GPA’s of 3.5 and over.
  • You may be accepted in the Post-baccalaureate program on a conditional basis, which states that you must demonstrate strong academic performance to continue in the program.

What is the cost of the program?

  • Go to the Student Business Office, Tuition and Fee Schedule https://wp.wwu.edu/sbo/tuition-and-fee-schedule/ and scroll down to the Extension/Self Supporting Programs to obtain Tuition and Fees Information.  You will also pay WWU required fees (not included in the tuition chart).

Can I receive financial aid for this program?

  • Yes, you can apply for FAFSA; however, do be aware that this program runs 4 quarters and FAFSA distribution is geared to a 3 quarter academic year. 
  • We encourage you to contact WWU Financial Aid http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/.

Do you have specific departmental scholarships or Teaching Assistantships? 

Do you offer online courses?

  • Not at this time.  Our program is a standard face-to-face on campus program.

How many applicants do you accept into the CSD Post-baccalaureate Program?

  • We accept approximately 18.

How soon will I know if I have been accepted?

  • Application priority deadline is February 1st.
  • Early acceptance program notifications will begin on February 15th.
  • WWU Admission Deadline is March 1st.
  • Acceptance to program notifications will begin approximately March 1st and rolling acceptance will continue thereafter.

If I am accepted in the Post-baccalaureate Program will I be accepted into a WWU CSD Graduate Program?

  • There is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program or the AuD. Clinical Doctorate Program.
  • You will make application to our graduate program and the review committee will review your application along with the current applicant pool.
  • We encourage our students to apply to a number of graduate programs.

When should I take the ASHA Statistics and Sciences course requirements?

  • We recommend that you complete this required course work prior to the start of your graduate studies.
  • However, these courses could be taken during your graduate studies or after completion of your M.A.  They are a requirement for ASHA Certification and must be completed prior to starting your Clinical Fellowship.