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How to Apply

Ready to apply? Here's everything you need to know about the application process.

Applicants will submit an application online through the SLATE system. Begin by visiting graduate admissions and select "Apply." Applicants should select the start term and create an account (if a first-time user) or log in (if returning to continue an application).

Proceed to apply to the doctorate program:

  • On the application's "Program Information page," select "Social and Behavioral Sciences" from the Academic Area of Interest.
  • Under "Academic Program," search for "Audiology (Ph.D.)" or "Speech-Language Pathology (Ph.D.)."

Note: applicants interested in the M.A./Ph.D. dual degree program should select "Speech Language Pathology MA/Ph.D." and will be required to submit supplemental information for both programs. Please review the "How to Apply" page for each program.

The application fee is $65 ($85 for international students).

All required application materials must be submitted by January 5. Although applications may be submitted at any time, January 5 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability. Students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall semester to align with funding consideration, cohort/orientation events and program timing. 

Collect your information in advance

It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application.

Personal statement questionnaire

Applicants will be prompted to upload a document answering the following questions on the application concerning career goals and interests:

  • Why did you choose the University of Kansas to pursue your doctoral degree?
  • What are your professional plans after graduate school?
  • What are your research interests and goals? Why?

Applicants will also be asked to identify the faculty member(s) with whom they would like to work. You will also have an opportunity via a text field to enter additional information that may strengthen the application.

Writing sample requirement/language

Provide an academic paper for a previous course/program, or for publication, that incorporates existing research and/or original findings on an inquiry. This writing sample should be an excerpt of no more than 15 pages (double-spaced, PDF document) and will be uploaded as part of the online application.. 

Curriculum vitae or résumé

Provide a PDF document, of at least two pages in length, of work and academic history including professional leadership contributions as well as volunteer activities.

English language proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in any way outlined on the English proficiency requirements page. If applicants have their proficiency determined through TOEFL or IELTS testing agency, when required, the test must have been taken within two 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.

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit a reference letter and the Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF). Note: the recommendation request may be submitted without the online application being submitted.

Ensure each reference is willing to submit this electronically and inform them they will be receiving an email from requesting they submit a reference for you online.


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. Note: printing a page from a website does not meet this requirement. Student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header are not accepted. Request an official transcript from each institution's Office of the Registrar, take a photo or scan it, and upload directly into the online application.

Current and former University of Kansas students are not required to request or purchase official KU transcripts, or to provide copies of KU transcripts to apply for admission to KU graduate programs. If KU students earned a degree from another institution, they will need to upload copies of those transcripts with their application.

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.

Optional: Graduate Record Examination

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is optional. If an applicant would like to submit their GRE scores, official results must be sent directly to the KU office by the examination service.

 Recommended scores for the sections of the GRE are 300 combined total for Verbal and Quantitative, and 3.5 and above for Analytical Writing. For GRE information, visit

Please contact or 785-864-3625 (711 TTY) with any questions.

Additional Information

The 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. Please note the admissions committee may contact applicants for a potential interview after the priority application deadline if being considered for the program.

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 Student Services, 3001 Student Center, 913-588-6590.

Ready to apply?

Once you have collected the necessary information, you are ready to complete the online application.

Although applications may be submitted at any time, January 5 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability.  Students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall semester to align with funding consideration, cohort/orientation events and program timing. 

Apply Online

Contact our program for additional assistance

Brittney Tyler-Milholland, Ph.D.
Graduate Academic Advisor

785-864-3625 (711 TTY)

Contact or 913-588-5935 with any questions.

KU School of Health Professions