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Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the audiology doctoral degree program at KU, students must have a bachelor's degree including specific course work successfully completed at the level outlined below.

Note: effective spring 2020, the Graduate Record Examination is no longer required and GRE scores will not be provided with the online application.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

College degree

A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all courses taken is required to be eligible for this program.

It is expected that students will have obtained a broad general education to serve as a background prior to their graduate study. Undergraduate course work in mathematics and in basic and applied sciences is strongly encouraged.

If the bachelor's degree is not in the area of audiology or communication sciences and disorders, applicants should have 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.

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

Average scores*

Year admitted


Fall 2018


Fall 2017


Fall 2016


Fall 2015


Fall 2014


Score ranges*

Year admitted


Fall 2018


Fall 2017


Fall 2016


Fall 2015


Fall 2014


* For students offered admission to the Doctor of Audiology program

Grade point average

  • Overall collegiate course work: minimum 3.0 GPA for acceptance by the graduate school.
  • 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 scores listed above (see chart at right).

In some instances, applicants with lower GPA scores are accepted into the program 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 to provide a current background check report. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background check.

Students will be asked to provide information and make the payment after official acceptance to the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions. A drug screening will be required prior to work in clinical settings while in the program.

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 they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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.

International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements, as indicated by TOEFL or equivalent exam scores. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Jun 29, 2020
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