Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate Degree
A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all college courses taken is required. It is expected that 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 or a related field that will include the prerequisite course work listed below.

Students with degrees in other fields
Individuals who have not completed undergraduate prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders may apply and may be admitted if he or she has exceptionally strong academic credentials. These students must also complete all of the prerequisite courses found on the pre-requisite page.

Clinical Prerequisites
Students are required to have completed 25 clock hours of directed clinical observation before beginning graduate clinical practicum. If observation hours are needed, those will be provided during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Average scores*

Year admitted

Major
GPA

GRE
Verbal

GRE
Quant

GRE
A.W.

Fall 2016

3.89

154

152

4.2

Fall 2015

3.84

156

152

4.2

Fall 2014

3.86

155

152

4.3

Fall 2013

3.88

155

151

4.3

Fall 2012

3.86

153

150

4.1

Competitive score ranges*

Year admitted

Major
GPA

GRE
Verbal

GRE
Quant

GRE
A.W.

Fall 2016

3.62-4.0

149-159

146-157

3.7-4.7

Fall 2015

3.61-4.0

149-162

147-157

3.6-4.8

Fall 2014

3.67-4.0

150-160

148-157

3.7-4.9

Fall 2013

3.72-4.0

151-160

146-156

3.8-4.8

Fall 2012

3.7-4.0

149-158

147-153

3.6-4.6

* For students offered admission to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program; ranges using +/-1 standard deviation

Graduate Record Examination
Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted prior to admission. The following are minimal acceptable scores: GRE Verbal: 146 (revised scoring system) or 400 (old scoring system); GRE Quant: 144 (revised scoring system) or 400 (old scoring system); GRE Analytical Writing: 3.5. The mean and average GPA and GRE values (see charts, right) illustrate scores that tend to be competitive. Students should keep in mind multiple factors are considered in admissions decisions in addition to GPA and GRE scores.

Individual Qualities
In addition to strong academic training and achievement, the program values diversity, leadership skills, clinical experience, and interpersonal expertise. Speech-language pathologists need to work effectively with clients and other professionals and take a lead role in advocating for their clients and the discipline. The admissions committee evaluates potential in this area through review of each student’s resume, personal statement, and letters of reference. Please refer to the instructions to students for creating a résumé found on the how to apply page. 


Additional Requirements

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.

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 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.


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Last modified: Jun 23, 2017

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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.

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