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Academic Programs

KU offers the following degree programs through its Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders:

Clinical Doctor of Audiology

The Au.D. degree program is intended to train audiologists for clinical practice and is designed to be completed in four years (including summers). This program meets the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

The master's degree program in speech-language pathology prepares new speech-language pathologists to enter the workforce and is typically completed in five full-time semesters, including a summer semester. This program will, in most circumstances, satisfy the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's certification standards for continuing on to the clinical fellowship year. A certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology is awarded upon completion of a successful clinical fellowship.

Clinical Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

A post-master's SLP.D. degree program is available for current speech-language pathologists wishing to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. A master's degree in speech-language pathology and current license are required for admission.

Doctor of Philosophy, Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders offers doctoral research programs in both speech-language pathology and in audiology for post-baccalaureate study of normal and disordered aspects of communication. These programs are designed to prepare suitably qualified individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus of these programs is to advance the science of these fields, and to elucidate the scientific basis for the procedures and processes used in clinical practice.

About the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders consists of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders on the main KU campus in Lawrence, Kan., in partnership with the Department of Hearing and Speech on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan.

Students pursuing these graduate degrees take course work on the medical center campus in Kansas City and on the main campus in Lawrence. A student may reside in either community. Block scheduling of courses reduces the frequency of commuting. A committee of faculty from both campus departments is responsible for instruction, curriculum planning, student selection and advising, clinical practicum policies, and course scheduling.

KU also offers bachelor's degrees in speech-language-hearing. In addition, a doctorate in child language is available via a collaboration with departments on the Lawrence campus.

Last modified: Mar 20, 2020

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The latest “Best Graduate Schools” release from U.S. News & World Report again ranked KU audiology and speech-language pathology programs among the best in the country.

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders successfully completed its most recent accreditation review in March 2016. The program was found to be in compliance with all standards.

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