Doctor of Audiology

Western Michigan University's Au.D. is a four-year post baccalaureate professional degree offered by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Its primary mission is preparation of professionals who have the knowledge, judgment, and problem solving skills necessary to provide high quality services and leadership in audiology. The goal is to enable graduates to work effectively in an ever changing world. As part of the degree program, students must successfully complete an independent scholarly project, outcomes-based formative assessments, and all requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence and/or state licensure. In addition, those who have not completed an undergraduate or a graduate course in sign language must do so. Those applicants with undergraduate majors other than speech pathology and audiology or who already have a graduate degree and certificate of competence should contact the graduate advisor in audiology.

Admission requirements 

In addition to the information listed below please see our admissions page for instructions and additional requirements for applying. Applicants to the Au.D. program must have:

  • An acceptable undergraduate degree.
  • At least one course or transcript credit in each of the following areas: life sciences, physical sciences, social or behavioral sciences, and statistics.
  • Coursework or transcript credit that provides information on basic human communication processes—phonetics, speech and language development, and the science of speech and hearing.
  • Coursework or transcript credit in speech, language, and hearing disorders.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study and in all undergraduate audiology and speech-language pathology coursework.
  • Competitive GRE scores.

Sample program

118–122 semester hours

Year 1

Fall

  • Clinical Practice
  • Anatomy of Audition and Balance
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Quantitative Description in Communication Disorders
  • Diagnostic Audiology I

Spring

  • Clinical Practice
  • Hearing Aids
  • Pediatric Audiology
  • Diagnostic Audiology II
  • Otoacoustic Emissions

Summer I and II

  • Clinical Practice
  • Auditory Disorders
  • Industrial and Public Health Audiology
  • Geriatric and Rehabilitative Audiology
  • Diagnostic Audiology III

Year 2

Fall

  • Clinical Practice
  • Advanced Speech Science
  • Educational Audiology
  • Sem: Hearing Aids

Spring

  • Professional Field Experience
  • Research Methods
  • Auditory Habilitation of Children
  • Approved Elective (e.g., sign language)

Summer I and II

  • Professional Field Experience
  • Management of Audiologic Practice
  • Instrumentation

Year 3

Fall

  • Professional Field Experience
  • Research course
  • Independent Research
  • Approved Elective (e.g., course in business)

Spring

  • Professional Field Experience
  • Research course
  • Independent Research
  • Cultural Competence for Communication Scientists

Summer I and II

  • Professional Field Experience (full-time starting in Summer II)
  • Independent Research
  • Ethics, Counseling and Professionalism

Year 4

Fall, spring and summer I

  • Professional Field Experience (full-time)