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Ph.D. Programs Overview

Students interested in these programs should review faculty profiles to identify research interests of a potential mentor:
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The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders offers Ph.D. programs in both speech-language pathology and in audiology for post-baccalaureate study of normal and disordered aspects of communication.

These programs are designed to prepare suitably qualified individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus is to advance the science of these fields and to elucidate the scientific basis for the procedures and processes used in clinical practice.

Students may pursue the Ph.D. in conjunction with entry-level clinical graduate degrees (master's in speech-language pathology and clinical doctorate in audiology). Nearly one-third of students combine their Ph.D. training with clinical training. On average, combined research and clinical training requires six years of post-baccalaureate training to earn both degrees.

Students interested in child language acquisition and disorders also may wish to investigate KU’s child language doctoral program to determine whether a doctorate in speech-language pathology or child language best matches their research training interests.

Prospective Students

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Faculty & Leadership

Students in KU's Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders achieve a high level of success in their studies and careers. View doctoral program profiles.

KU's research doctoral degree (Ph.D.) programs in audiology and speech language pathology do not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment. As research programs, credentialing for health care practice does not apply to these programs.

About the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
This program is offered through the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders which consists of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders on the KU Lawrence campus and the Department of Hearing and Speech on the KU Medical Center campus. The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing is within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, while the Department of Hearing and Speech is part of the KU School of Health Professions.

Students take courses on both campuses. Block scheduling of courses reduces the frequency of commuting. A committee of faculty from both departments is responsible for instruction, curriculum planning, student selection and advising, clinical practicum policies, and course scheduling.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020

Application deadline:
December 10
Although applications may be submitted at any time, December 10 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability.

Students may enter this program in fall or spring semester.

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

Tuition, Costs & Financial Assistance

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