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How to Apply

KU uses CollegeNet for processing online applications. The application fee is $55.00 ($75.00 for international students). It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application.

GPA in the Major

Indicate all courses in the applicant's undergraduate major by entering them into the GPA calculator portion of the application. Use the student's degree plan as a guide.

  • Do not include courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and Science (e.g., history, college algebra, etc.) UNLESS they were required by the degree plan.
  • If a course was required in the undergraduate degree plan, but was not offered in the department, please include the course (e.g., linguistics).
  • Include statistics and research methods course work.
  • Indicate course numbers and names.
  • Do not include courses where grades were assigned as "pass/fail" or "satisfactory".

The GPA will be automatically calculated. It is based on KU's GPA calculator and will only calculate the GPA for the applicant's undergraduate major.

Students with double majors should choose the degree more closely related to speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders.

Students with a degree other than speech-language pathology and all international students: Additionally complete the courses checksheet for your speech-language pathology or communications sciences and disorders prerequisite courses. This document helps match undergraduate course work with requirements to the program. Save the completed form as a PDF and upload into the online application.

Personal statement

Applicants will be prompted to submit a short essay on the following topics. Write the essay before starting the online application, save the file, and copy-and-paste the text into the application.

  • What is the one thing that sets you apart from other candidates applying to our graduate program? (350 word limit)
  • Examine the data in Figure 1 below. Describe the results and the clinical implications. (150 word limit)

    Red and blue bar chart comparing two groups of post-treatment data

GRE scores

Applicants must request official scores on the Graduate Record Examination be sent to KU using institution code 6871 and speech-language pathology program code 0620.

The department office will upload the scores into the student's open application. It is strongly recommended GRE scores be requested no later than Dec. 31 to meet the Jan. 15 application deadline.

Note: Once GRE scores have been sent to KU, they can take up to two days to connect to an application in CollegeNet. Please wait at least one week after scores have been sent to KU before contacting the department office to ask why they are missing.

Curriculum vitae or résumé

Provide a 1- or 2-page PDF document of work and academic history including professional leadership contributions as well as volunteer activities. Refer to the instructions to students for creating a résumé and sample résumé #1 and sample résumé #2.

English language proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants may be asked to have their English proficiency evaluated through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. When required, the test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using TOEFL school code 6871. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.


A reference provides a professional recommendation on the applicant's behalf. It is preferred that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.  Please refer to the information for students in selecting references.

Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The application system will prompt the references to submit a reference letter and automatically send them the graduate letter of recommendation form PDF document. Note: the recommendation request may be submitted before the complete online application is submitted.

Ensure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform them that they will be receiving an email from requesting them to submit a reference for you online. Recommenders may use the instructions for reference letter writers for more assistance.


Please provide a copy of an official transcript displaying the school's seal from every institution from which a degree has been received. In addition, ALL prerequisite courses, even if acquired apart from the degree, must be documented on official transcripts.

It is appropriate for copies of transcripts to have "copy" watermarks. Note: printing a page from a website does not meet this requirement. Student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header are not accepted.

Request an official transcript from each institution's Office of the Registrar, take a photo or scan it, and upload directly into the online application. KU students may send a copy of their transcript directly to All transcripts must be uploaded by the student with their online application for the application to be considered complete. Transcripts provided to KU in any other way may not be considered part of the application.

Contact or 913-588-5935 (711 TTY) with any questions.

Other Information

  • The admissions committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Office of Graduate Studies for final processing.
  • Evaluation is based principally on academic, research, and clinical achievement and potential, including evidence from extracurricular activities.
  • Applicants are notified of application status by April 1 for fall program start.
  • Accepted students deciding to enter the program will request an official transcript during orientation to provide documentation of successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

International Transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. The evaluation must include course-by-course evaluation, grade evaluation, and indicate the degree earned in U.S. terms (bachelors, masters, doctorate, etc). An official copy of the evaluation is required.

Determination of residency: address questions regarding Kansas residency requirements to the Office of the Registrar at 785-864-4422.

Online Application and Fee

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

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Application deadline:
January 15 for summer or fall semester admission. Due to the competitive nature of admission to this program, all materials must be received by the deadline to qualify for consideration. Official transcripts will be requested later during the admission process.