Why study speech, language, and hearing?

SPLH grad with mortar board cap "Because everyone deserves a voice" written on it.Because communication is central to human behavior, and the treatment of communication disorders requires specialized knowledge and skills.

We extend a hearty Kansas Jayhawk welcome from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kansas. Together with our sister department, Hearing & Speech (Dr. Tiffany Johnson, Chairperson) at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders represents one of the country’s premier research and training programs in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences consistently ranked as a top program by U.S. News and World Report.

Beginning with the undergraduate experience, you'll find stimulating coursework, clinical observation and a variety of hands-on laboratory projects. Individuals with bachelor degrees may work as an assistant to licensed professionals in settings such as schools and clinics. Further, the SPLH undergraduate degree can prepare you for careers in a range of fields related to communication disorders including neuroscience, medicine and related health professions, education and assistive technology.

More commonly, an undergraduate degree in speech-language hearing is an entry point for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. At the graduate level, a two-year master’s curriculum prepares future clinicians for practice as speech-language pathologists and a two-year part-time Doctorate of Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for administrative leadership positions in schools and clinics. An accelerated MA-SLP program combines undergraduate and graduate requirements within a five year program.  At the doctoral level, we offer a four-year Doctorate of Audiology degree that prepares students for entry into the clinical practice of audiology. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists are in high demand and this demand is predicted to remain strong. We also grant a Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology and in Audiology. These degrees are individually tailored to meet the student's interest in producing the next generation of speech-language-hearing scientists to solve the questions of tomorrow. World-class academic and clinical faculty integrate expertise among a diverse range of content areas in state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to provide you with a comprehensive and rewarding educational experience, and a gateway into your future.


News and events

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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