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In the fall of 2014 I will apply to SLP ma/ms programs.  I have an undergraduate background in linguistics/french and education, and I will have a masters in linguistics from syracuse University.  While I am at Syracuse I will be taking 24 SLP graduate credts and have completed observation hours.  However, I will be missing a handful of courses (slp courses) that I think are required pre req's in most places like neuro, speech science and anatomy.   I am also Canadian, and unless the sky starts falling (or some school gives me an amaizng scholarship) i will need loans.  It is easier to get loans if you are taking graduate credits.  Therefore I am looking for schools that will admit you with a partial background, and that will let you take missing pre req's as graduate credits.  SYracuse does both of those things, however I want to apply to 8 or 9 so I was just wondering if anyone knew of anymore?

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A couple of us are taking pre-reqs before we get in- one thing to consider is taking the last two or three classes during the summer per to admission, and indicating that on your CV / SOP. We have had some discussions on the 2013 admissions thread about the classes, so let us know if you can't get them in. I am doing pre-reqs through Longwood University and will be taking the last necessary ones with Utah State this summer since Longwood doesn't offer everything I need. As long as you send all of your transcripts, it really doesn't matter how many places you take classes.

We obviously could not afford the classes out of pocket, and its a non-degree program so I am not eligible for federal loans. We got a private student loan with Sallie Mae to pay for the pre-req coursework.

As far as schools that admit partial pre-reqs, Appalachian State does, as does USC. There are several others. They either add the one or two classes you need into your time there, or you start early (summer session) or finish one semester after the in-field students. Each program does this a different way. At UNC CH, they don't even look at applications unless all pre-reqs will be completed by entry, and I noticed a few other programs like that when I was searching last summer.

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wow thanks! I will look into that.  Its hard being a grad student right now to imagine taking pre-req's prior to applying.  I have no issue at all with graduation taking a asemester longer or more than that, compared with out of program students.  However, I really don't want to (unless need be) delay applying any longer.  So I will take a look at some of those schools, Thanks for the reply!

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I'm assuming you're talking about the undergraduate prerequisites (i.e., courses you would take as an undergraduate majoring in SLHS/CSD)? Many programs feature a "leveling year" for out-of-field applicants, and I would imagine with partial credits you would finish simply finish this sooner than those with little/no SLHS coursework completion. Or as Kcald said, you could knock out your last few prereqs the summer prior to matriculation, or concurrent with graduate study.</p>

A lot of the programs I applied to, which are listed in my signature, feature a leveling year for out-of-field applicants -- feel free to start there.</p>

*EDIT: After reading your post again, it looks like you're talking about graduate level courses required for an M.A./S.-SLP, and not undergraduate-level prereqs. In that case, none of the above may apply. I'd recommend getting in touch with someone at each program to see if they take students who have completed partial coursework. Sounds to me like you'd have to transfer your coursework, which I'm not sure other programs would be okay with?

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Hi, I'm an out-of-field applicant with no SLP pre-reqs. I looked around for programs that didn't need those pre-reqs to be admitted and can be completed as a grad student. The schools I applied to below are the ones that didn't need SLP pre-reqs for admission.

 

Note: UNC-CH requires admitted students to complete undergrad pre-reqs (Bio, Chem, Psych, etc.) and 4 courses (Speech Science, Intro to Audiology, Normal Language Acquisition/Child Development, and Intro to Phonetics) before "graduate coursework" but they offer the Intro courses in the fall and Speech Science in the spring. I assumed Language Acquisition or Child Development would have to be taken beforehand.

 

Good luck!

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