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How to Apply

Note: the KU application for this program is currently under revision and will not be available here until late August 2021.

The application fee is $75.00 for all applicants. 

It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  1. ASHA Certification: Have an electronic copy of current ASHA membership indicating current Certificate of Clinical Competence.

  2. Personal statements: Applicants will be asked to submit responses to the following questions. Each should be no more than 500 words. Write out your answers before starting the online application and save them in a file so you can enter each one when completing the application.

    • What are your professional plans and goals pursuant to the attainment of the SLPD degree?

    • Describe your focus of study and indicate potential SLPD mentors.

    • Please describe your leadership experience.

    • Please describe your research experience.

  3. Curriculum vitae or résumé: Provide a 1- or 2-page PDF document of employment and academic history including professional leadership contributions as well as volunteer activities.

  4. English language proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using TOEFL school code 6871. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.

  5. References: A reference provides a professional recommendation on your behalf. It is preferred that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.

    Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit a reference letter and the graduate letter of recommendation form.

    Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from "KU Medical Center <>" requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  6. Transcripts: Please provide a copy of an official transcript including the school's seal from every institution from which a degree has been received. In addition, ALL prerequisite courses, even if acquired apart from the degree, must be documented on official transcripts. It is appropriate for copies of transcripts to have "copy" watermarks, so do not be alarmed. Note: printing a page from a website does not meet this requirement. We do not accept student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header. Request an official transcript from your registrar's office, take a photo, and upload directly into your application. All transcripts must be uploaded by the student with their online application for the application to be considered complete. Transcripts provided to KU in any other way may not be considered part of the application.

  7. Identify a mentor: Please review the profiles of faculty on both the Lawrence campus and Medical Center campus to identify a potential mentor.

Scores from the Graduate Record Exam are not required for application to this program. However, applicants may submit GRE scores if the applicant believes they will enhance the application.

Contact or 913-588-5935 with any questions.

After the application has been submitted

The admissions committee may contact applicants to schedule an interview. Applications are reviewed and the committee sends selections to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval. Evaluation is based principally on clinical achievement and leadership potential with review of previous academic achievement and relevant professional activities. Particular attention is paid to the personal.

Applicants are notified of application status by April 1.

All materials submitted for admission become the property of the University and are not returnable or transferable. Decisions made by the committee are final.

Accepted students deciding to enter the program will request an official transcript during orientation to provide official verification of successful completion of the graduate degree.

International Transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. The evaluation must include course-by-course evaluation, grade evaluation, and indicate the degree earned in U.S. terms (bachelors, masters, doctorate, etc). An official copy of the evaluation is required.

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Address questions regarding residency to the Office of the Registrar.

Last modified: Jul 07, 2021

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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