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Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants should have at least three years of professional clinical experience before applying to this program.

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

Master's degree and grade point average

Admission to the speech-language pathology doctoral program requires a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from a program accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

A cumulative grade point average of a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required on prior college course work. Applicants with higher GPAs may receive admissions preference.

CCC-SLP certification

Applicants must provide verification of current Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

English language proficiency

All students whose native language is not English are required to provide verification of successful test scores showing English language proficiency. The requirement is posted in the KU Academic Catalog and on the Office of International Programs website.

More information about English language proficiency is available at the School of Health Professions page for international students.

Background check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide KU with a new background check report to qualify for admission, and this may affect eligibility to enter the program. Applicants will be asked to provide information and make the payment once officially accepted into the program.

For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check and drug screening policy and instructions.

A drug screening is required of all students participating in clinical settings and is not requested at the time of admission to 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 visit the KU Office of International Student Services before applying.

More information is available at the School of Health Professions page for international students.

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Last modified: Jun 29, 2020

The priority application deadline is December 10 for fall semester admission. Applications received after this date may be reviewed if space remains in the next class.

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