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.

KU Pre-Requisite Course Work for the MA SLP Graduate Program

At least 26 credits in communication sciences and disorders is required, including the following (or similar) courses:

  • Physics of speech (4) SPLH 120
  • Principles of speech science (3) SPLH 462
  • Principles of hearing science (3) SPLH 463
  • Fundamentals of clinical phonetics (1) SPLH 465 (online 8 week course) 
  • Language sample analysis (1) SPLH 565 (online summer 2018)
  • Language development (3) SPLH 566  (online summer 2018)
  • Introduction to audiological assessment and rehabilitation (4) SPLH 568
  • Introduction to speech-language pathology (4) SPLH 571
  • Research methods in speech-language-hearing (3) SPLH 660

Before entering a graduate program, students must also have completed at least 1 course in each of the following areas: 

  • Biological sciences, (i.e., biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics)
  • Physical sciences, (i.e., physics, chemistry)
  • Statistics
  • Social/behavioral sciences, (i.e., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology)

Here is a course checksheet that can be used prior to a graduate application to check for pre-requisite course work for the MA SLP Graduate Program.  Schedule of Classes page to search current course offerings.

Prerequisite students generally follow the same advising protocol as BA/BGS students and also are able to take advantage of many of the same co-curricular learning opportunities as BA/BGS students. However, their plan of study will typically look different because prerequisite students are primarily taking SPLH courses and many choose to follow a part-time study plan.

Students interested in applying to the Au.D. Graduate Program should email for pre-requisite advising.

News and events

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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