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Frequently Asked Questions

Please view our frequently asked questions below.

The doctorate of audiology application is processed via the KU Medical Center's Office of Admissions. In addition, all applicants must apply through the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application System, also know as CSDCAS. The appropriate links to apply are found on the program's How to Apply page.

Typically KU receives more than 50 applications each year to this program. Applicants are competing for approximately 15 spots in the program each year.

Applications are viewed holistically, thus the committee considers all pieces of the application; however, applicants are encouraged to take particular note of the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Research experience
  • Clinical experience
  • Leadership qualities
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Evidence of diverse experiences
  • Volunteer opportunities

KU requires a 3.0 overall GPA for admission to a graduate program. In some limited cases, exceptional applicants may be considered for provisional admission.

An applicant's GPA is one of many factors considered when making admissions decisions. The program evaluates an applicant based on the overall strength of all submitted materials.

While applicants may wait for their final fall grades to appear on their transcript before submitting their application, this is not advised. All required materials must be received and verified by CSDCAS by the January 15 deadline. The admissions committee will have enough prior coursework to review without including fall grades.

Students must have continuous physical residency in Kansas for at least 365 days prior to the first day of class and prove that they are residing in Kansas for reasons other than educational attainment. Please reference the Office of the University Registrar’s website for the residency policy.

The Au.D. is a clinical doctoral degree and prepares graduates to enter work in health care as an audiologist or related employment. The Ph.D. is for scholars wishing to engage in research and further knowledge and understanding of the field. Many Ph.D. graduates proceed to positions in academia and/or educational leadership.

Yes, as long as there are just a couple classes to take. In these instances, if accepted, students will take the remainder of the prerequisites before starting the graduate program. If there is room in the student's first semester schedule, they could also take graduate courses. It is preferred that students have already completed all of the prerequisite courses.

KU does not offer provisional admission for students with low English proficiency.

No. If the student's native language is not English, but they earned a degree from an institution in the U.S., or from an English-speaking school in another country, it is not required to take the TOEFL.

Unless applicants have an extenuating circumstance, the program strictly adheres to the January 15 deadline.

Funded and unfunded externships are available for Au.D. students in their fourth year. Students can work with the clinic director to find a local clinical externship opportunity, which includes both paid and unpaid options. Alternately, students may search for externships on their own. Many times, regional and national searches yield a paid externship position, although some excellent opportunities are available that are not paid. All externships must be approved by the program.

Students attend classes on both campuses, providing students exposure to more top faculty and the opportunity for expanded access to clinical training sites throughout the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence/Topeka areas. Students often carpool to the KU Medical Center for Monday/Wednesday class days and to the Lawrence campus for Tuesday/Thursday class days.

The number of hours spent on each campus varies from semester to semester. Students are seldom required to commute between campuses on the same day. There are occasional evening classes, but most courses are offered during the day.

Most students reside near Kansas City, but others choose housing in Lawrence or on major routes between campuses. Designated student parking is available on both campuses with the purchase of a parking permit. 

No. This is a campus-based degree program.

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

There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus.

No, not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.

All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international applicants page for more details about this procedure.

KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus is located at the intersection of 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. Visit: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions.

The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kansas, along Interstate 70. 

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