The master's degree in speech-language pathology is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians seeking to enter the field and is typically completed in five full-time semesters (including a summer semester). The program length may vary, for example, for the student requiring prerequisites be completed or one pursuing additional thesis or course work. A master's degree from KU will, in most circumstances, satisfy the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's certification standards for continuing on to the clinical fellowship year. A certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology is awarded upon completion of a successful clinical fellowship.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Undergraduate Degree
A bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all college courses taken is required. It is expected that 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 or a related field including the prerequisite course work. Alternatively, students with an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field can be provisionally admitted under certain circumstances, as detailed below.

Prerequisite Course Work
Coursework in speech-language-hearing must include the following: Physics of Speech: Principles of Speech Science; Principles of Hearing Science; Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics; Language Analysis Lab; Language Development; Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation; Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology; Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing; Statistics. Additional requirements for ASHA Certification include coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders cannot be applied to this requirement.

Clinical Prerequisites
Students are required to have completed 25 clock hours of directed clinical observation before beginning graduate clinical practicum. If observation hours are needed, those will be provided during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Graduate Record Examination
Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted prior to admission. The following are minimal acceptable scores: GRE Verbal: 146 (revised scoring system) or 400 (old scoring system); GRE Quantitative: 144 (revised scoring system) or 400 (old scoring system); GRE Analytical Writing: 3.5. Students should keep in mind multiple factors are considered in admissions decisions in addition to GPA and GRE scores.

Individual Qualities
Beyond strong academic training and achievement, the program values diversity, leadership skills, clinical experience, and interpersonal expertise. Speech-language pathologists need to work effectively with clients and other professionals and take a lead role in advocating for their clients and the discipline. The admissions committee evaluates potential in this area through review of each student’s resume, personal statement, and letters of reference.

All students are expected to have strong command of the English language. Both domestic and international students may be subject to evaluation of English proficiency.


Additional Requirements

Background Check
The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation and the report will be provided to KU after acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions. A drug screening is required of all students participating in clinical settings.

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. Read more: information for international students in the School of Health Professions.


About Provisional Admission

Individuals who have not completed undergraduate prerequisite course work in communication sciences and disorders may apply and may be admitted on a provisional basis if he or she has exceptionally strong academic credentials. The criteria for provisional admission include the following

  1. General acceptability for admission to the program

  2. Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.7

  3. Minimum GRE scores: Verbal 153 (revised scoring system) or 500 (old scoring system), Quantitative 148 (revised scoring system) or 590 (old scoring system)

Please note: Applicants meeting the above criteria are not guaranteed acceptance into the program.

For complete admission requirements please visit the IPCD website.

Graduate Admission

Submit your graduate application online.

For more information or to contact the program, please visit the IPCD website

Requirements for the M.A. Degree with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology

Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields (e.g., psychology, linguistics) typically need to complete undergraduate prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders before applying and/or being admitted to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Prerequisite Course Work for the MA SLP Graduate Program

  • An acceptable bachelor’s degree
  • Coursework in speech-language-hearing must include the following: Physics of Speech: Principles of Speech Science; Principles of Hearing Science; Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics; Language Analysis Lab; Language Development; Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation; Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology; Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing; Statistics. 
  • Additional requirements for ASHA Certification include coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences, and social/behavioral sciences.  Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders cannot be applied to this requirement.

Degree Requirements

The program requires 34 credit hours of experiences for breadth and an additional 12 to 16 hours for depth.

Required Graduate Experiences for Breadth (34)
SPLH 888Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I1
SPLH 889Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing II1
SPLH 860Evaluation of Speech and Language2
SPLH 862Clinical Processes 12
SPLH 864Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology 27
SPLH 868Professional Issues 32
Research experience (thesis or nonthesis option)3
SPLH electives (8 seminars, 2 credit hours each)16
Required Graduate Experiences for Depth (12-16)
SPLH 866Field Study in Speech-Language Pathology5
Advanced electives (SPLH, outside department, or thesis)6
Second field study or fourth practicum experience1-5
1

This course is taken twice for a total of 2 credit hours.

2

This course is taken more than once for a total of 7 credit hours

3

 This course is taken more than once for a total of 2 credit hours

Other requirements:

  • Pass both formative and summative exam (including thesis defense if applicable).


 

For more information or to contact the program, please visit the IPCD website

Technical Standards

The master's degree in speech-language pathology signifies the holder will satisfy the academic and practicum requirements as stated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to be eligible to continue on to the clinical fellowship year. It follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to practice in the area of speech-language pathology. Therefore, all individuals admitted to the University of Kansas Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders must meet the following abilities and expectations with or without accommodation(s). KU is an AA/EO/Title XI institution.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be considered and may be made to qualified students who disclose a disability, so long as such accommodation does not significantly alter the essential requirements of the curriculum and the training program, or significantly affect the safety of patient care. Students who disclose that they have a disability are considered for the program if they are otherwise qualified. Qualified students with a disability who wish to request accommodations should provide appropriate documentation of disability and submit a request for accommodation to one of the following offices:

Cynthia Ukoko
Senior Coordinator for Academic Accommodations
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS 4029
Kansas City, KS 66160
cukoko@kumc.edu
913-588-7035; 711 TTY

Andrew Shoemaker
Director
Academic Achievement & Access Center
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 22
Lawrence, KS 66045
shoe@ku.edu
785-864-4064; 711 TTY

 

The culminating activity in the preparation of a speech-language pathologist is clinical reasoning. Therefore, a candidate for the master’s degree must be able to make correct observations and have the skills of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.

All students admitted to the KU Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders must be able to meet the following requirements and expectations with or without accommodation(s). 

Observation/Sensory Motor

  • Observe demonstrations and learn from experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical situations.
  • Carry out speech/language/hearing assessments and intervention strategies/techniques including the operation of complex, electronic instrumentation.  Diagnosis, assessment, and intervention of speech/language/hearing problems typically necessitates the functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, and touch such as palpating certain areas of the patient’s head and neck.
  • Comprehend text, numbers, images and graphs.
  • Observe and respond to subtle cues of patient’s moods, temperament, and social behavior.

Physical/Psychomotor

  • Perform actions requiring coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium and use of tactile, hearing, and visual senses.
  • Respond quickly in clinic situations, not only for safety, but also therapeutically.
  • Travel to numerous clinical sites for practical experience.
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit information.

Communication

  • Be able to share and to elicit information from patients/clients, supervisor, peers and other health professionals verbally and in a recorded format.
  • Effectively, confidently, and sensitively converse with patients and their families.
  • Comprehend technical and professional materials.
  • Prepare papers, produce reports, and complete documentation for patient records.
  • Assimilate information from written sources (texts, journals, medical/school records).
  • Take paper, computer, and laboratory examinations and prepare scholarly papers.

Judgment

  • Demonstrate judgment in the classroom, laboratory, and clinic situations that shows the intellect and emotional health necessary to make mature, sensitive, and effective decisions in the following areas:
    • relationships with professors, supervisors, peers, and patients/clients
    • professional and ethical behavior
    • effectiveness of diagnostic, assessment, and intervention strategies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for one’s performance.
  • Critically evaluate one’s own performance and be flexible toward change to promote professional and clinical process. 
  • Recognize and correct behaviors disruptive to classroom teaching, research, and patient care.
  • Manage the use of time to complete clinical and academic assignments within realistic constraints.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed in a manner to minimize risk of injury to those in the area.
  • Make correct observations and have the problem solving skills necessary for measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.