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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 master's degree in speech-language pathology program:
Note: applicants interested in the M.A./Ph.D. dual degree program should select "Speech Language Pathology M.A./Ph.D." and will be required to submit supplemental information for both programs. Please review the "How to Apply" page for each program.
The University of Kansas application fee is $65 ($85 for international students).
All required application materials must be submitted by January 5.
Applicants will be prompted to submit a short essay on the following topics. Write the essay before starting the online application, save the file, and copy-and-paste the text into the application.
Examine the data in the figure below. To demonstrate your analytical and written communication skills, describe the data represented by the bar graph. What are your interpretations of the bar graph and what additional information would be helpful for you to fully interpret the bar graph (200-word limit)?
To demonstrate your analytical and written communication skills, describe an unsolved problem that you would like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma, etc. and does not need to be related to speech-language pathology. Explain its significance to you and the steps you would take to identify a solution (350-word limit).
Applicants will be asked to select the background details that best aligns with their undergraduate degree. Please read through all options in the application carefully and select the option that best describes you.
REQUIRED for all applicants: Include all CSD/SPLH equivalent courses within the application's online GPA calculator.
The GPA will be automatically calculated once the application is submitted. It is based on KU's GPA calculator and will only calculate the GPA for the applicant's undergraduate major.
Students with a degree other than speech-language pathology, or communication sciences and disorders, and all international students complete the calculator with the courses taken which apply or are equivalent to CSD/SPLH courses.
Applicants must provide details on plans to complete specific prerequisite coursework prior to starting classes in the master's degree program. Courses required to be completed are in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences, and for aural rehabilitation and research methods.
Please provide a copy of an official transcript displaying 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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-3625 (711 TTY) with any questions.
A reference provides a professional recommendation on the applicant's 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. Please refer to the information for students in selecting references.
Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three individuals into the online application. The application system will prompt the references to submit a reference letter and automatically send them the graduate letter of recommendation form (PDF). Note: the recommendation request may be submitted before the complete online application is submitted.
Ensure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform them that they will be receiving an email from email@example.com requesting they submit a reference for you online. Recommenders may use the instructions for reference letter writers for more assistance.
Provide a one- or two-page PDF document of work and academic history including professional leadership contributions as well as volunteer activities. Refer to the sample résumé #1 (PDF) and sample résumé #2 (PDF).
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.
Admissions Committee. The admissions committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Office of Graduate Studies for final processing.
Application review criteria. Evaluation is based principally on values including diversity of skills, experiences and perspectives in students applying to the master's degree program in speech-language pathology. In general, the admissions committee is attempting to identify students who will have success both in graduate school and as a speech-language pathologist.
Application status. Applicants are notified of application status by April 1 for fall program start.
Official transcripts. 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. International transcipts 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 (bachelor’s or master’s degree, doctorate, etc.). An official copy of the evaluation is required to be provided to KU.
Statement in determination of residency. Please address questions regarding residency requirements to the Office of the Registrar.
A limited number of KU application fee waivers are available for applicants. These are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed due to the limited availability of funds. The following are criteria for eligibility:
Please contact faculty member Matthew Gillispie, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application fee waiver.
Once you have collected the necessary information, you are ready to complete the online application.
The deadline for applications is January 5. Students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall semester to align with funding consideration, cohort/orientation events and program timing.