Post-Baccalaureate Speech Pathology and Audiology

Chairperson: Emily Patterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology website

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers a one-year (fall/spring) post-baccalaureate bridge (SLPB) program for students with completed undergraduate degrees in non-related majors that lack the necessary prerequisite course work to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. This two-term program (fall/spring terms) 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.


Individuals accepted to the SLP post-baccalaureate 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 term beyond the required course work.

Since students in the SLPB program are completing preparatory course work to enroll in a graduate or professional program, they may be eligible for financial aid. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for financial aid.


The Marquette University Speech and Hearing Clinic serves as a working laboratory for students in the speech pathology and audiology program. The clinic has individual therapy rooms for adults and children, three diagnostic suites, a hearing testing suite and rooms designed for specialized speech/language therapy: developmental treatment room, adult language room, augmentative/alternate communication room and sensory integration room. Other speech pathology and audiology laboratories include communication, movement and learning lab, child language and literacy lab, phonology and language analysis lab, speech and swallowing lab, neurodevelopmental feeding and swallowing lab, neurogenic communication lab, linguistics lab and student computer room.