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How to Apply

KU uses CollegeNet for processing online applications. The application fee is $55 ($75 for international students). It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  1. GPA in the Major Calculator: Using your degree plan as a guide, include all courses in your undergraduate major within the application's electronic GPA calculator.
    • Do not include courses required by the College (e.g., history, college algebra, etc.) UNLESS they were required by your degree plan.
    • If a course was required in your undergraduate degree plan but was not offered in your department, please include the course (e.g., linguistics).
    • DO include statistics and research methods.
    • You do not have to match the course names in your department of study.
    • Please indicate course numbers and names.
    • Do not include courses where grades were assigned as "pass/fail" or "satisfactory".
    • The form within the application will automatically calculate your GPA in your major based on KU's GPA calculator.
    • The GPA calculator is only to calculate the GPA in your undergraduate major. If you double majored, 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 SLP or CSD 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.

  1. Personal statement:

    Applicants will be prompted to submit a short essay on the following topics. Write your 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. Describe the results and the clinical implications. (150 word limit)

      Red and blue bar chart comparing two groups of post-treatment data
  2. 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 your application. If you do not see your scores appearing in your application checklist, please do not contact the office until a week after you have sent your scores.

  3. 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.

  4. English language proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. 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.

  5. References: A reference provides a professional recommendation on your 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 without the online application being submitted.

    Ensure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her 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.

  6. Transcripts: Please provide a copy of an official transcript including 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, so do not be alarmed. Note: printing a page from a website does not meet this requirement. We do not accept student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header. Request an official transcript from your registrar's office, take a photo, and upload directly into your 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 with any questions.

Other Information

  • The IPCD admissions committee reviews applications for admission 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.

Statement in determination of residency
Address questions regarding residency to the Office of the Registrar 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.

Last modified: Sep 12, 2018

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.

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Each spring, the department hosts an annual M.A. SLP Admitted Student Day. Students offered admission will be invited to attend. The 2019 M.A. SLP Admitted Student Day will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019.