Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Major
Admission to the Major
The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SPPA) B.S. degree is a screened major with a maximum of
70 students admitted each year. Admission to Towson University does not guarantee admission into this
major. Interested students begin the program as "Pre-major" students (PSPA major), then apply
for full admission to the SPPA major once the pre-major courses are completed. Admission to the SPPA major
requires: (a) completing all of the admissions steps listed below, (b) a GPA of 2.8 or better in 5
pre-major courses (see below), and (c) a GPA of 2.5 or better for the last 30 credits of courses. Students
are admitted into the major in June of each year. Students who wish to be admitted to the major must complete
the following steps during the PSPA pre-major year.
Officially declare the PSPA pre-major by meeting with an advisor in the department. Contact the department's main office to schedule an appointment at 410-704-4153, or use the "Contact Us" links on this web site. Transfer students should follow the instructions on the department's Transfer Student Policy page.
Complete 5 pre-major courses with a grade of 2.0 or better before consideration for admission to the major. Courses can be taken at Towson University or transferred from other universities.
See the admissions requirements in the Towson University catalog for more information.
Pre-major Course Requirements (16-19 units)
1. ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education or ENGL 190 (3)
2. PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or PSYC 102 (3)
3. MATH 111 Algebra for Applications (3) or
MATH 109 Transition to Algebra for Applications (3)
or MATH 115 Basic Mathematics for the Sciences (3) or MATH 119 Pre-Calculus (4)
4. BIOL 190 Biology for Health Science Majors (4) or BIOL 201 (4)
5. One course from Category A or B (students must complete both categories as a
graduation requirement but only one category during the pre-major year)
Category A: Physical Science (4-5):CHEM 121+ 121L or CHEM 115, PHYS 202 or PHYS 211
Category B: Social/Behavioral Science (3): SOCI 101/102, ANTH 207/210 or EDUC 203
Complete a minimum of 27 units of study (including the 5 pre-major courses)
Complete a speech, language, hearing, and voice screening at the Towson University Speech & Language/Hearing & Balance Centers at the Institute for Well-Being (IWB). Screenings are ONLY held during the first week of each semester. Transfer students who are not screened during the pre-major year must complete the screening during their first semester of enrollment at Towson University. Students who have communication disorders or dialects of English that would affect their ability to interact with clients will be encouraged to seek treatment. For more information, refer to the admissions requirements in the Towson University catalog.
Admission decisions are made in early June. All materials are due in the main office by
June 1. Eligible students are ranked using the combined average of the pre-major GPA and 30
credit GPA. The top 70 students are then selected for admission into the major. Students
who do not get into the program can choose to try again in the following year. For more
information, refer to the admissions requirements in the Towson University catalog.
Towson University provides many resources for students taking the Math, Science, English, and Social Science Classes that are required for the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology major. Those resources are posted on the Student Resources page of the College of Health Professions.