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Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed a bachelor's degree and specific course work.

To enter KU's doctoral program in audiology, you'll need to meet the following admission requirements. Find an overview below.

Undergraduate Degree

Students should have obtained a broad general education, including course work in mathematics and in basic and applied sciences, as a background prior to graduate study.

If your bachelor's degree is not in the area of audiology or communication sciences and disorders, you'll need 12 hours of basic sciences and mathematics in addition to courses in the following content areas (or their equivalents):

  • Physics of speech
  • Principles of speech science
  • Principles of hearing science
  • Language development
  • Introduction to audiology assessment and rehabilitation
  • Introduction to speech-language pathology

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

Grade Point Average

A cumulative 3.0 GPA is needed in addition to the outlined course work. Courses within student's major: minimum 3.25 GPA in communication sciences and disorders courses. Average GPA scores for competitive applications are typically higher than the minimum scores required. 

View acceptance rates, student funding and other metrics about KU's program through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's EdFind. 

In some instances, we may accept applicants with lower GPA scores if they have valuable attributes or experiences 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, ethnic, cultural, academic or geographical diversity.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students provide the school with a background check report. A one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. A drug screening may also be required of some students participating in clinical settings after the student has begun classes.

Students will be asked to provide information and make the payment following official acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if the individual requires a visa, 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.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.  

For more on English language requirements, including minimum test scores, please see the KU Medical Center Office of International Programs. Test scores must be original forms sent directly from the administering agency to KU Medical Center. Photocopies will not be accepted. Use ETS school code: 6895.

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