Program Overview:

Pre-speech Pathology Program Online

The Prespeech Pathology concentration admits post-baccalaureate students into an online program of courses that will aid them in meeting the entrance requirements for the Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University, as well as for other speech pathology master’s programs with similar requirements. These preparatory courses, known as leveling courses, ensure that all students beginning a master’s program in speech pathology have equivalent levels of preparation.

The Prespeech Pathology program is entirely online, consisting of five courses developed and taught by the faculty at the The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Students may complete all five courses, or they may enroll only in those courses that are required to gain entrance into the master’s program of their choice. 

All of the Prespeech Pathology program courses are considered preparatory course work for a master’s program. Students accepted into the program may apply for federal financial aid.

This program is jointly sponsored by the School of Communication and the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University. 


  • CSD 301 Anatomy and Physiology of Vocal Mechanism
  • CSD 305 Phonetics
  • CSD 318 Introduction to Audiology
  • CSD 392 Language Development and Usage
  • CSD 465 Hearing Impairment 

Transfer Credit Policy for Prespeech Pathology

Transfer credit is not accepted into this program. However, the program’s flexibility allows students to enroll in only those courses that they need.

Additional Information

Prespeech Pathology students have different admission requirements and application processes than other post-baccalaureate students at the School of Professional Studies. Visit the Admissions page for details on admission requirements for this program and for SPS Office of Admissions contact information.


  • CSD 301-DL Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal Mechanism
  • CSD 305-DL Phonetics
  • CSD 318-DL Introduction to Audiology
  • CSD 392-DL Language Development and Usage
  • CSD 465-DL Hearing Impairment