Post-baccalaureate, Non-majors Program

M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

The department offers a postbaccalaureate program designed for nontraditional or returning students.  A specialized course sequence that typically can be completed in one year allows a student with a bachelor's degree in another field to prepare for entry to a master's degree program in speech-language pathology.  Postbaccalaureate Program Plan Sheet

Post-baccalaureate Non-Majors
Students that have earned a baccalaureate degree in any discipline other than communication sciences and disorders (e.g., biology, communications, education, English, linguistics).

An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is NOT a prerequisite for admission. However, students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must successfully complete requisite pre-graduate course work. These courses provide the individual with the appropriate framework and background in communication sciences and disorders so that he or she will be prepared to enter graduate study. To take these courses at UW-Whitewater you'll need to be enrolled as a Non Candidate for Degree (NCFD) student.  

Instructions for Applying: For Post Bacc Non-Majors, the steps to take in order to be able to take CSD courses are:

  1. Apply to the UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies as a Non candidate for Degree (NCFD) graduate special student.
  2. Meet with the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Graduate Program Coordinator or an assigned CSD faculty adviser to develop an individualized pre-graduate program curriculum. Provide a copy of your transcripts and, if you have them, GRE scores prior to meeting with the CSD faculty adviser. Click on this link for the NCFD plan for M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Postbacc Plan Checklist only).
  3. Begin courses in targeted semester.  Normally, the pre-graduate course work may be completed in one year as a full-time student.
  4. Apply to the CSD graduate program via CSDCAS* by Feb. 1st (Application window opens Sept. 1st)
  5. Complete the University System application at and pay the application fee when requested by UW-Whitewater. Do not mail any application materials to the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater or the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

*For questions concerning CSDCAS and their electronic application process: Contact CSDCAS customer service by calling 617-612-2030 or sending an email to