Eligibility and Requirements

A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all courses taken is required. It is expected that students will have obtained a broad general education to serve as a background prior to their graduate study. Undergraduate course work in mathematics and in basic and applied sciences is strongly encouraged. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted prior to admission.

Average scores*

Year admitted

Major
GPA

GRE
Verbal

GRE
Quant

GRE
A.W.

Fall 2016

3.89

154

154

4.3

Fall 2015

3.91

154

152

4.1

Fall 2014

3.89

155

152

4.1

Fall 2013

3.85

152

152

4.1

Fall 2012

3.87

150

149

4.0

Score ranges*

Year admitted

Major
GPA

GRE
Verbal

GRE
Quant

GRE
A.W.

Fall 2016

3.0-4.0

147-161

145-161

3.0-6.0

Fall 2015

3.71-4.0

144-163

146-164

3.0-5.0

Fall 2014

3.51-4.0

146-166

146-161

3.0-5.5

Fall 2013

3.23-4.0

146-156

140-160

3.0-5.0

Fall 2012

3.29-4.0

141-159

143-168

3.5-4.5

* For students offered admission to the Doctor of Audiology program

Overall GPA: 3.0 for acceptance by the graduate school
Major GPA: 3.25 in communication sciences and disorders courses

Average GPA scores for competitive applications are typically higher than those scores listed above (see chart, right).

In some instances, applicants with GPA scores lower than those stated above are admitted into the program if he or she has valuable attributes or experiences that are likely to enrich the educational experiences of all students in the program. These exceptions may include, but are not limited to, applicants with several years of work experience in communication sciences and disorders (or a related field), or those who add racial, cultural, academic, or geographic diversity.

If the baccalaureate degree is not in the area of audiology or communication sciences and disorders, applicants should have 12 hours of basic sciences and mathematics in addition to courses in the following content areas (or their equivalents):

  • Survey/Overview of Communication Disorders
  • Language Science/Development
  • Introductory Acoustics
  • Research Methods
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Phonetics/Phonological Development
  • Audiology (introductory level)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (introductory level)

Specific course requirements are determined by the audiology admissions committee. Prerequisite course work must have been completed within the past 10 years.

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 may be required prior to work in clinical settings.

Technical Standards and Accommodations
Please read the program technical standards carefully. Signed verification will be required of students after they have been accepted. Reasonable accommodations will be made for any accepted student who has a documented disability and can meet program expectations. Applicants with documented disabilities can request reasonable accommodations if needed during the admissions process.


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 review the information for international students before applying.

International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements, as indicated by TOEFL or equivalent exam scores. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.


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Last modified: Jun 29, 2016
Prospective Students

Campus visit days for students interested in this program: please register online.

KU is here to answer questions and help students prepare for a rewarding career in audiology. Please contact the program office for advising assitance at ipcd@ku.edu.

Each spring, the Student Academy of Audiology hosts an annual Au.D. Admitted Student Day. Students offered admission will be invited to attend Au.D. Admitted Student Day on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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