Program Overview

AuD students practicing making ear moldsOur Doctor of Audiology program (AuD) is a 4-year plan of study and clinical training that fully prepares students for a clinical career in Audiology. Academic coursework covers hearing science and the nature and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. Clinical practica in the University of Arizona Hearing Clinics and off-campus placements provide a full array of experiences. Our students have the opportunity to engage in research, and many become authors on peer-reviewed publications. (See recent publications with student co-authors). A Bilingual Certificate Program is available to students pursing the Doctor of Audiology degree.

Program Description and Requirements

Graduate students in our program prepare an individualized plan of study with guidance from their faculty advisor.A detailed description of the academic and clinical training requirements is included in the Au.D. Student Handbook (AuD Cactus Book).

Accreditation and Clinical Certification


The faculty members of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences are committed to providing graduate education, both academic and clinical, of the highest quality.  We are also committed to increasing the number of well‑qualified audiologists whose backgrounds are underrepresented and whose career interests include serving individuals in underserved populations of the state and nation. We welcome applications from individuals with undergraduate degrees in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (or Communication Sciences and Disorders) as well as students with degrees from other fields.

Entry to the Au.D. program requires an earned bachelor’s degree. Applicants should have completed at least one course in each of the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences (psychology, sociology or other courses of normal and abnormal human behavior), mathematics, and statistics.

In addition, students need to have completed foundational coursework in speech and language development and disorder. At The University of Arizona, the following two courses fulfill this requirement: Communication Disorders I (Fall) and Communication Disorders II (Spring). Foundation coursework may be completed during the first three semesters of the AuD program, but units will not count towards the AuD unit requirement. For more information, see Recommended Coursework for Graduate Study in Audiology.

All applicants must apply on-line through the UA Graduate College and pay necessary fees.

  • The application process will include submission of academic transcripts, GRE scores, personal statement and resume, letters of recommendation.
  • Each of the components of the application are evaluated and admissions decisions are based on overall composite ratings.
  • Guidelines for minimum requirements are indicated below, but note that strong overall composite ratings can override individual scores.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better (Graduate School requirement)
  • GRE Scores at about the 30th percentile or better (GRE conversion table)
    • Verbal score ~147 on the new scale; ~400 on the old scale
    • Quantitative score ~147 on the new scale; ~570 on the old scale
    • Writing score of 3.5 or better
  • Meet the Technical Standards for Audiology

The application process for 2018-2019 will open on November 1, 2018.   More information can be found here.

If you are interested in visiting the UA Campus and our department, please contact Susan Bridgewater ( for more information.


A variety of funding opportunities are available for students. Students desiring financial aid should indicate this on the Department application form. Traineeships, assistantships, and fellowships, when available, currently provide a stipend of approximately $9,000 per year for M.S. and Au.D. level students. Some traineeships, assistantships, and fellowships also include remission of tuition and fees; others do not. If you receive an assistantship, you will be assigned duties for approximately ten hours per week. Students may also be awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships that cover some portion of the full tuition amount.

A Typical Successful Applicant

The typical successful applicant has

  • Grade point average of 3.6 or better on the last 60 units
  • GRE Verbal score at 50th percentile or better
  • GRE Quantitative score at 40th percentile or better
  • GRE Writing score of 4.0 or better (50th percentile)
  • a well-written personal statement that indicates interest in the field and experiences related to career aspirations
  • three strong letters of reference written by individuals who can comment on potential for success in the graduate program and the field of Audiology.

Note that this descriptive information regarding students admitted to our program in recent years, rather than acceptance criteria.

Frequently asked questions about the Doctor of Audiology Program

International applicants should review the UA Graduate College website for specific admission requirements, and should carefully review the Technical Standards for Audiology.

Student Outcome Data

Information regarding program completion rates, performance on national professional examination (PRAXIS), and employment information on graduates.

Current Students

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