It's that time of the year we all know and love...or dreadː Application season. For most people applying to graduate programs, the end of summer is something like a prolonged version of the Sunday scaries. Fall is here, and that means most of your graduate school application deadlines are coming up in late November and early December. Your personal statement is arguably the hardest and one of the most important parts of your application. You'll want to start drafting it months in advance. This is your chance to demonstrate to admissions committees why you're an excellent fit for their program. Your personal statement is also useful for people writing your letters of recommendation--they can use your statement to learn something about your personal qualities and experiences in a way that's clear and concise. This can help your letter writers make stronger recommendations on your behalf. So open up that blank document and take some notes on how to write a powerful personal statement. 

We focus a lot on post-bacc programs here, but we'd remiss not to mention at least a few SLP master's programs that don't require pre-reqs. Typically, these are 3-year master's programs, where the first year is spent completing pre-requisite coursework and the remaining two years are the typical master's track courses and clinical work. The benefit of these programs is you have guaranteed enrollment in a master's program. The downside is the cost--you'll pay for three years of graduate-level tuition rather than two. Here, we highlight three in-person SLP master's programs that don't require pre-reqs. 

The SLP Post-Bacc Decision Guide

, by Maxine, July 15, 2022

Not sure where to start with SLP Master's pre-reqs? Check out this decision guide to get started with choosing a post-bacc program (or figuring out if you even need one). You'll also want to catch up on the last blog post here for a more in depth guide to choosing an SLP post-bacc program.