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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my bachelor's degree is in a field other than communicative disorders or speech-language-hearing?
All applicants must have completed or be enrolled and on track to complete the required course work. Individuals who have not completed undergraduate prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders may be admitted if he or she has exceptionally strong academic credentials. Please see the eligibility page for details.

Are the last two years of the undergraduate study weighted more in my GPA than the first two years?
Not necessarily. The admissions committee will review your entire transcript, so if you feel as if you should justify an unsatisfactory GPA, please do so when answering your personal statement questions, or ask a reference to address this in his or her letter of recommendation.

What are the English language requirements? Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?
All students are expected to have good command of the English language. All international students (regardless of country of origin) must have their English proficiency evaluated by the KU Applied English Center. More information on scores and requirements.

How heavily is the GPA weighted in the application process?
This varies, as each admissions committee member decides how much weight to place on the various factors of the application.

What type of transcript should I upload into my application?
KU accepts copies of official transcripts which include the school's seal. It is appropriate for copies of transcripts to have "copy" watermarks, so do not be alarmed.  We do not accept student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header.

Should I wait to submit my application until my fall grades appear on my transcript?
It is up to you as to whether or not to include your fall semester’s grades in your application. It is not necessary since the admissions committee will have enough information to consider; however, you may wait to submit your application after grades are available. All required materials must be received by the January 15 deadline. All transcripts must be uploaded at the time of application.

During which semesters may I begin the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology?
M.A. SLP students have the option to start in the summer or fall. Though beginning in the summer does not allow for earlier graduation, it lightens the load for subsequent semesters. Select the semester you wish to begin within the graduate application due on January 15, regardless of the semester you begin.  

How easy is it to obtain residency in the state of Kansas for the purpose of in-state tuition?
You must have continuous physical residency in Kansas for at least 365 days prior to the first day of class. Please reference the Office of the University Registrar’s website for the residency policy.

Do you accept applications after the January 15 deadline?
Unless you have an extenuating circumstance, we strictly adhere to the January 15 deadline.

How many applications do you receive each year? How many students are admitted?
Typically we receive more than 150 applications per year. Applicants are competing for approximately 30 seats.

What makes for a strong application?
Applications are viewed holistically, thus the committee considers all pieces of the application; however, we encourage you to take particular note of the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Research experience
  • Clinical experience
  • Leadership qualities
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Evidence of diverse experiences

Is part-time study available? If so, how long will it take to finish a part-time degree?
Yes, a student may attend part-time. The time to degree completion will depend on the number of credit hours taken per semester.

Do you offer an online or distance-learning program?
No. This is a campus-based degree program.

How does the 2-campus program work? When and where are classes held?
Students attend classes on both campuses, providing students exposure to more top faculty and the opportunity for expanded access to clinical training sites throughout the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence/Topeka areas. Students often carpool to the KU Medical Center for Monday/Wednesday class days and to the Lawrence campus for Tuesday/Thursday class days. The number of hours spent on each campus varies from semester to semester. Students are seldom required to commute between campuses on the same day. There are occasional evening classes, but most courses are offered during the day.

Where do students live?
Some students reside near one campus, but others choose housing they feel is halfway between campuses or on major routes between campuses. Designated student parking is available on both campuses with the purchase of one parking sticker.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please check the financial aid page of the program of interest for details specific to those students. In addition, please visit the school's scholarships page.

What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus. For more information, please see KU Student Housing.

Is the background check required when applying to the program?
No, not during the application process. Students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before enrolling in classes.

I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see the information for international students page for more details about this procedure.

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January 5 is the deadline for all materials to be submitted for summer or fall semester admission.

Due to the competitive nature of admission to this program, all materials must be received by the deadline to qualify for consideration. Official transcripts will be requested later during the admission process.