Learning Outcomes

Graduating Au.D. students will:

  • be able to effectively and accurately identify, diagnose, prevent, quantify, and treat hearing and balance disorders affecting both children and adults;
  • understand the importance of and be able to implement patient- and family-centered, evidence-based approaches to identify, treat, and prevent hearing and balance disorders affecting individuals of all ages; and
  • become leaders—nationally and internationally—driving innovation, shaping the future of the profession, and disseminating information about consequences of untreated hearing and balance disorders as well as the importance of early intervention and prevention.

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) requires 95 s.h. of graduate credit. The Au.D. is the entry-level degree for individuals who wish to work as audiologists in the United States.

The four-year Au.D. program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science. Au.D. students must complete the following courses. They may be excused from taking courses whose equivalents they completed successfully during undergraduate study.

All of these:
CSD:4145Developmental Language Disorders3
CSD:4244Rehabilitative Audiology3
CSD:5203Counseling in Communication Disorders1
CSD:5219Fundamentals of Laboratory Instrumentation2
CSD:5224System and Signal Theory for Speech and Hearing Science3
CSD:5240Hearing Aids I3
CSD:5246Advanced Audiology3
CSD:5253Speech Perception in Listeners with Hearing Loss1-2
CSD:5255Educational Audiology2
CSD:5256Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing3-4
CSD:5311Audiology Clinic Management and Community Engagement2
CSD:5315Clinical Rotations in Audiologyarr.
CSD:5320Applied Statistics and Principles of Evidence-Based Practice in Audiology2
CSD:6230Advanced Hearing Science2
CSD:6242Hearing Aids II3
CSD:6245Pediatric Audiology3
CSD:6247Medical Audiology2
CSD:6249Cochlear Implants1-3
CSD:6290Auditory Evoked Potentials3
CSD:6291Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation3
CSD:6292Advanced Rehabilitative Audiology1
CSD:6316Advanced Externship in Audiologyarr.
CSD:6317Audiology Practice: Business Start-Up and Interprofessional Practice1
CSD:6318Hearing Loss Prevention2
CSD:7238Capstone Requirement1
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences (or one semester of calculus)4

Au.D./Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the combined Doctor of Audiology/Doctor of Philosophy in speech and hearing science. The combined Au.D./Ph.D. program is especially appropriate for students who would like to practice audiology and hold a faculty position at a university. The program requires 137 s.h., permitting students to count 30 s.h. of the 95 s.h. required for the Au.D. degree toward the 72 s.h. required for the Ph.D. degree. Students complete all of the clinical practicum experience and course work required for the Au.D.; the course of study for the Ph.D. is developed by each student in consultation with a faculty committee. For more information, see the Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in this section of the Catalog. Consult the department chair to learn more about the combined degree program.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

The department requires that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test before they apply for admission.

Admission to the program is competitive; applicants' credentials are considered in relation to those of others in the applicant pool, and a limited number of students are admitted to each program. Applicants whose undergraduate g.p.a. is below 3.00 or whose GRE scores are lower than the 40th percentile in any area (verbal, quantitative, and analytic) rarely are admitted.

Students interested in admission to the combined Au.D./Ph.D. program should apply to the Au.D. program. At the end of their second year in the Au.D. program, they should request admission to the Ph.D. program, and if approved will be allowed to change degree objectives.

Admission is for fall; the application deadline is January 1. All applications to the Au.D. program must be submitted through CSDCAS (Central Application Service for Communication Science and Disorders).

For detailed information regarding evaluation of applicants, applications materials and requirements, and other matters, see Graduate Programs on the department's website.

Financial support is based on merit and dependent on availability of funds. For more detailed information, contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders director of graduate studies.

The Au.D. program provides excellent preparation for a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. There continues to be a strong demand for professionals in these fields, and both speech pathology and audiology are consistently ranked highly in “best job” surveys.

Advanced degree holders may work as teachers, clinicians, and/or researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders.