Search Google Appliance

Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Students who have a degree in an area other than Speech and Hearing Sciences can take the prerequisite requirements as a post-baccalaureate student.  Portland State University is on the quarter system and the prerequisite courses can be completed in one academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters) if taken as a full-time post-baccalaureate student.
  • Students also have the option to earn a second Bachelor’s degree (postbaccalaureate degree) by taking course required within the undergraduate major in SPHR. Students can apply to the two-year graduate program while they are in the process of completing the prerequisite coursework.  The prerequisites can also be completed part-time over two years or more. Students who complete the prerequisite coursework at PSU can apply to any accredited Speech and Hearing Sciences graduate program in the country in speech-language pathology or audiology.
  • Postbac students whose first bachelor's is from PSU must complete at least 36 credits as a PB in order to earn another bachelor's degree.  Postbac students whose first bachelor's is from a non-PSU institution have to complete at least 45 credits as a PB in order to earn another bachelor's degree.

Prerequisite course requirements for admission to the master's program (non-degree track):

Table refers to course comparisons from other programs

Prerequisite Courses       
PSU Course #  PSU Course Title Equivalents  Required?
SPHR 370 Phonetics & Acoustics (could be Speech Science)  A phonetics course that included phonetic transcription  Yes
SPHR 371 Anatomy and Physiology  Any speech/hearing anatomy & physiology course (sometimes with neurology as well)  Yes
SPHR 372 Speech & Language Development Course covering typical language development – sometimes taught in Linguistics Yes
SPHR 4/561 Neurology of Speech & Hearing Neuro-anatomy Yes
SPHR 380 Language Disorders in Children Sometimes in a course on development and disorders Yes in PSU's Program
SPHR 464 Speech Disorders in Children Speech (phonological, articulatory) development and disorders Yes in PSU's Program
SPHR 4/587 Hearing Sciences Typically called hearing science. Sometimes combined with audiology. Yes
SPHR 4/588 Clinical Audiology Sometimes combined with hearing science Yes
SPHR 4/589 Aural Rehabilitation Might be combined with audiology (but not usually) Yes
SPHR 4/595 Organic Communication Disorders (Neurogenic Communication Disorders) Sometimes covered in an introductory course or in combination with neurology.  Also called acquired disorders Strongly Reccomended
SPHR 4/596 Introduction to Clinical Management  Introduction to Assessment & Intervention Strongly Reccomended
MTH 243 Intro to Probability & Statistics Descriptive statistics (some courses combine both statistics’ topics) Can be taken Pass/No Pass Yes
MTH 244 Intro to Probability & Statistics (2) Inferential statistics (some courses combine both statistics’ topics). Can be taken Pass/No Pass Yes


Typical one year program

Below are sample course loads, which includes all of the courses required to meet the prerequisites in SPHR:

Fall term

  • SPHR 371: Anatomy & Physiology for Speech and Swallowing (Pre-Req: None)
  • SPHR 372: Speech & Language Development in Children (Pre-Req: None)
  • SPHR 487: Basic Audiology (Pre-Req: None) 

Winter term

  • SPHR 370: Phonetics & Acoustics (Pre-Req: None)
  • SPHR 380: Language Disorders in Children (Pre-Req: SPHR 372)
  • SPHR 488: Advanced Audiology (Pre-Req: SPHR 487)
  • SPHR 461: Neurology of Speech & Hearing (Pre-Req: None)*

Spring term

  • SPHR 464: Speech Disorders in Children (Pre-Req: SPHR 370 & 372)
  • SPHR 489: Aural Rehabilitation (Pre-Req: SPHR 488)
  • STATS course               


  • SPHR 461: Neurology of Speech & Hearing (Pre-Req: None)*


*Course may be taken Winter or Summer term course as needed