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Eligibility and Requirements

  1. Undergraduate Degree
    A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA is required. It is expected students will have obtained a broad general education to serve as a background prior to graduate study. Ideally students will have completed an undergraduate degree in speech pathology, audiology, or a related field that will prepare them for advanced study in their chosen area of focus. Students may have completed a graduate degree in speech pathology, audiology, or related field but this is not required to pursue a PhD.

    Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

    Please note: students may be accepted on a provisional admission basis if some requirements have not yet been met at the time of application.

  2. Graduate Record Examination Score
    An official score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required and official results must be sent directly to the KU office. Recommended scores for the sections of the GRE are 300 combined total for Verbal and Quantitative, and 3.5 and above for Analytical Writing. For GRE information, visit

  3. Grade Point Average
    To pursue the PhD program, the applicant must meet the general KU requirements for admission as a graduate student. The minimum GPA requirements for admission to the PhD program are as follows:

    1. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for regular admission status.

    2. Evidence of successful completion (equivalent grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate course work relevant for advanced study in the student’s chosen area of focus.

  4. Prior Research Engagement
    The PhD is a research degree where students pursue an individualized plan of study. Therefore, it is recommended students engage in research prior to applying to the PhD program. Prior research engagement helps the prospective student identify the area of focus for PhD study and allows the admissions committee to evaluate potential aptitude for PhD study. A wide array of research engagement will be considered (e.g., employment on research grants, mentored research projects, research related course work).

  5. PhD Program Mentor
    Because PhD students pursue an individualized plan of study, a faculty mentor is a critical requirement of the program. Without a good match between the applicant’s interest and the faculty, even well-qualified applicants can be denied admission into the program.

    Potential applicants should investigate by (1) reviewing faculty bios and laboratory information on this website, and (2) reading recent research articles written by KU faculty. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty who may be a good match to their interests prior to applying.

Within the guidelines established by the Office of Graduate Studies, no credit is actually transferred toward the doctorate; however, relevant prior graduate work will be taken into consideration in setting up individual programs of study leading to the PhD.

Background Check
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions. A drug screening is required of all students participating in clinical settings.

International Students
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please visit the KU Office of International Student Services before applying. More information may be found in the frequently asked questions and on the School of Health Professions page for international students.

English proficiency verification and KU's Applied English Center

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Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Application deadline:
December 10
Although applications may be submitted at any time, December 10 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability.

Students may enter this program in fall or spring semester.

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