Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Frequently Asked Questions for Post-Baccalaureate Coursework

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How many students are accepted to take post-baccalaureate coursework?  
What's the most important part of the application?  
How much will the post-baccalaureate coursework cost?  
Do you offer financial assistance?  
Do you offer housing?  
Do you give tours or interview prospective students?  
Will I have to drive between campuses?  
What is the deadline for admission?  
How can I check the status of my application?  
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the program? 

Have another question? Please submit it to Ms. Emilie Aguilar.

 

How many students are accepted to take post-baccalaureate coursework?

Each post-baccalaureate course has a cap of 25 students and students are admitted on a space-available basis, which is why applicants are encouraged to contact the Department (Ms. Emilie Aguilar, ejaguilar@loyola.edu) prior to applying (there is no need to apply/pay the application fee if the courses you need are full). Additionally, students who have already been enrolled in the foundation courses are given first preference during registration for the following semester (i.e., if you are admitted for the fall, you are offered the first spaces in the spring courses before we enroll 'new' applicants. Likewise, if you are only taking 1 course each semester, you will still be given first preference for the following semesters).

What's the most important part of the application?

As a Jesuit university, we value the whole person and, therefore, review your application as a complete package. We look at your undergraduate transcripts, resume or curriculum vitae, and may contact your references for additional information about how you will perform in post-baccalaureate level coursework.

How much will the post-baccalaureate coursework cost?

Information about graduate tuition can be found here. Students taking post-baccalaureate coursework pay a per credit rate. You will be responsible for paying for textbooks each semester and the university also charges fees for registration - this is listed on the same webpage as the graduate tuition information.

Do you offer financial assistance?

No, because post-baccalaureate students are not considered 'graduate-level students,' you are not eligible for graduate assistantships. However, you may find that some offices on campus will hire you directly. Post-baccalaureate students also qualify for financial aid for one consecutive 12-month period, if enrolled at least half time (6 credits per semester). More information about financial aid can be found here.

Do you offer housing?

Loyola doesn't offer housing, but there are plenty of housing opportunities (apartments, rentals, etc.) available in Columbia, Baltimore, Timonium, and the surrounding areas. Loyola's Graduate Student Services website also provides information about how to find housing. Additionally, once you confirm your acceptance, you will be invited to join a Facebook group for Foundation students so that you can network and find roommates, if need be. We will also provide you with a list of housing locations that current students recommend.

Do you give tours or interview prospective students?

We are not able to accommodate the number of requests we receive for individual tours; therefore, we strongly suggest that students interested in our program attend an information session. Information sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about the options, meet the director, meet current students, and tour the facility. Info sessions are held at the Columbia Graduate Center only (8890 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD  21045) and will cover information about post-baccalaureate coursework as well as the graduate program. Please register here. If you attend one of these sessions, you will also receive an application fee waiver.

Will I have to drive between campuses?

All post-baccalaureate courses in Speech-Language Pathology are taught at Loyola's Timonium Graduate Center and meet during early evening and evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is highly recommended that students have a car during the program, as public transportation in the area is extremely limited.

If you are interested in continuing with us for our master's program, please note that during the first-year of the program (fall, spring, summer), you will be required to attend classes one day a week at the Columbia Graduate Center and have clinical internship experiences at both the Columbia and Belvedere Clinical Centers as well as local schools/community settings. During the second year, students will again take classes one day a week at the Columbia Graduate Center and spend the remainder of the week at off-campus externship locations, typically within the Baltimore Metropolitan region.

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What is the deadline for admission?

Applicants interested in taking foundation coursework are encouraged to first contact the Speech-Language Pathology Department in order to discuss course availability (Ms. Emilie Aguilar, ejaguilar@loyola.edu). The deadline to apply is August 1 (Fall semester) and December 1 (spring semester) and applications are considered on a space available basis. Please note that while applications will be reviewed for entry in fall and spring, all spring courses have prerequisites. Students who have these prerequisites from another institution will be required to submit materials for review (e.g., syllabus, course description, final products) prior to enrolling in the post-baccalaureate course. Learn more about the admission process here.

How can I check the status of my application?

Students are urged to contact the Office of Graduate Admission either via email or phone (410.617.5020) to check the status of their application and to make sure that all application materials have been received prior to the deadline.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into the program?

The Department sends out acceptance letters by email on a rolling basis, roughly two weeks after a completed application has been received.