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Frequently Asked Questions

I cannot find the program on the application site at (Lawrence campus)? Where do I apply? 
The doctorate of audiology application is processed via the KU Medical Center’s Office of Admissions. The link to apply is found on the program's how to apply page.

How many applications do you receive each year? How many students are admitted?
Typically we receive more than 50 applications each year. Applicants are competing for approximately 15 spots in the program.

What makes for a strong application?
Applications are viewed holistically, thus the committee considers all pieces of the application; however, we encourage you to take particular note of the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Research experience
  • Clinical experience
  • Leadership qualities
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Evidence of diverse experiences
  • Volunteer opportunities

My cumulative GPA is below a 3.0. Do I have a chance to be admitted?
KU requires a 3.0 overall GPA for admission to a graduate program. In some limited cases, exceptional applicants may be considered for provisional admission.

Should I wait to submit my application until my fall grades appear on my transcript?
It is up to you as to whether or not to include your fall semester’s grades in your application. It is not necessary since the admissions committee will have enough information to consider; however, you may wait to submit your application after grades are available. All required materials must be received by the January 15 deadline. All transcripts must be uploaded at the time of application.

How easy is it to obtain residency in the state of Kansas for the purpose of in-state tuition?
You must have continuous physical residency in Kansas for at least 365 days prior to the first day of class. Please reference the Office of the University Registrar’s website for the residency policy.

What’s the difference between the Au.D. and the Ph.D. in Audiology?
The Au.D. is a clinical doctoral degree and prepares graduates to enter work in health care as an audiologist or related employment. The Ph.D. is for scholars wishing to engage in research and further knowledge and understanding of the field. Many Ph.D. graduates proceed to positions in academia and/or educational leadership.

Can I apply to the graduate program if I still have a couple prerequisite courses to take?
Yes, as long as there are just a couple classes to take. In these instances, if you are accepted, you will take the remainder of the prerequisites before starting the graduate program. If there is room in your first semester schedule, you could also take graduate courses. It is preferred that you have already completed all of the prerequisite courses.

I have low English proficiency … do you offer provisional acceptance into the program?
We do not offer provisional admission for students with low English proficiency.

I am an international student, but I received my degree from an international English-speaking institution. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
No. If your native language is not English but you earned a degree from an American institution or from an English-speaking school in another country, you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Do you accept applications after the January 15 deadline?
Unless you have an extenuating circumstance, we strictly adhere to the January 15th deadline.

Are the fourth-year Au.D. externships paid?
Funded and unfunded externships are available for Au.D. students in their fourth year. Students can work with the clinic director to find a local clinical externship opportunity, which include both paid and unpaid options. Alternately, students may search for externships on their own. Many times, regional and national searches yield a paid externship position, although some excellent opportunities are available that are not paid. All externships must be approved by the program.

I took the GRE more than once. Which scores should I upload for the online application?
Only the scores from 1 exam set may be uploaded. Students may choose any GRE exam to use; it does not have to be the most recent. Do not combine or swap scores from different exam dates. Scores must match the official GRE exam results provided later by the testing center.

How heavily are GRE scores and GPA weighted in the application process?
GRE scores and GPA are just one of several factors considered when making admissions decisions. The program evaluates an applicant based on the overall strength of all the submitted materials.

How does the 2-campus program work? When and where are classes held?
Students attend classes on both campuses, providing students exposure to more top faculty and the opportunity for expanded access to clinical training sites throughout the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence/Topeka areas. Students often carpool to the KU Medical Center for Monday/Wednesday class days and to the Lawrence campus for Tuesday/Thursday class days. The number of hours spent on each campus varies from semester to semester. Students are seldom required to commute between campuses on the same day. There are occasional evening classes, but most courses are offered during the day.

Where do students live?
Some students reside near one campus, but others choose housing they feel is halfway between campuses or on major routes between campuses. Designated student parking is available on both campuses with the purchase of one parking sticker.

Do you offer an online or distance-learning program?
No. This is a campus-based degree program.

What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus: see Student Housing for information.

Is the background check required when applying to the program?
not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.

I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international students page for more details about this procedure.

I need driving directions.
KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. See: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions. The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kan. along Interstate 70. See: KU-Lawrence maps, parking and directions.

Last modified: Jan 16, 2020
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