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Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average is required.

It is expected students will have obtained a broad general education to serve as a background prior to graduate study. Ideally students will have completed an undergraduate degree in speech pathology, audiology, or a related field that will prepare them for advanced study in their chosen area of focus. Students may have completed a graduate degree in speech pathology, audiology, or related field but this is not required to pursue a doctoral degree.

Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

Please note: students may be accepted on a provisional admission basis if some requirements have not yet been met at the time of application.


Grade Point Average

To pursue the a doctorate of philosophy in audiology or speech-language pathology, the applicant must meet the general KU requirements for admission as a graduate student. The minimum requirement for regular admission status to the doctoral programs is an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, evidence of successful completion (equivalent grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate course work relevant for advanced study in the student’s chosen area of focus is required.


Prior Research Engagement

The doctorate of philosophy in audiology or speech-language pathology is a research degree where students pursue an individualized plan of study. Therefore, it is recommended students engage in research prior to applying to the program.

Prior research engagement helps the prospective student identify the area of focus for doctoral study and allows the admissions committee to evaluate potential aptitude. A wide array of research engagement will be considered (e.g., employment on research grants, mentored research projects, research related course work).


Writing Sample

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.


Doctoral Program Mentor

Because doctoral students pursue an individualized plan of study, a faculty mentor is a critical requirement of the program. Without a good match between the applicant’s interest and the faculty, even well-qualified applicants may be denied admission into the program.

Potential applicants should investigate by (1) reviewing faculty bios and laboratory information on this website, and (2) reading recent research articles written by KU faculty. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty who may be a good match to their interests prior to applying.


Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to pay for a background check and have the report sent directly to KU. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation.

Students are asked to provide information and make the payment upon official acceptance into the program. A drug screening is required of students participating in clinical settings or otherwise working with patients. Because each facility may have its own drug screen requirement, students should not undergo a drug screen until asked to do so by a supervisor. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check and drug screening policy.


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 www.gre.org.


International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides 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 visit the KU Office of International Student Services before applying.

More information may be found in the frequently asked questions and on the School of Health Professions page for international students. See also: English proficiency requirements.

Within the guidelines established by the Office of Graduate Studies, no credit is actually transferred toward the doctorate; however, relevant prior graduate work will be taken into consideration in setting up individual programs of study leading to the doctorate of philosophy in audiology or speech-language pathology.


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Last modified: Sep 24, 2019

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.

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