Aug 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is an entry-level degree that prepares individuals for professional practice in the area of audiology. The program of study is designed to meet the minimum academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure, expose students to basic and applied research, provide practical and research experience, and develop skills in the use of evidence-based practice.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at


To be assured consideration for admission to the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, prospective students must submit all required documentation to Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and the Graduate School portals no later than January 15 for fall admission.  Interested students should view the CSDCAS and Au.D. admission websites.

Admission to the Doctor of Audiology degree program is for full-time, on-campus study starting in the fall. An applicant for admission is generally expected to meet or exceed the following requirements.

  • A minimum 3.40 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work.
  • Competitive scores on the GRE General Test.
  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework with a minimum 3.00 GPA prior to matriculation.
  • The Statement of Purpose is an integral part of the application. Students should address their personal and professional goals.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors, clinical supervisors, or employers providing evidence of an applicant’s professional qualifications and ability to successfully complete doctoral work. At least two letters should be from persons in a position to write analytically about the applicant’s academic qualifications to pursue graduate studies, and/or professional practice in audiology.

Decisions regarding admissions are made by the program’s admission committee on the basis of a total profile of an applicant’s qualifications. Specific course work requirements for admission are generally those necessary for successful completion of the baccalaureate degree in communicative disorders with an emphasis in audiology. Note that applicants with degrees in disciplines other than communicative disorders are welcome to apply for admission to the Au.D. program. Applicants who lack key undergraduate course work may need to enroll in courses that will provide the fundamental knowledge needed to succeed in the program prior to admission, which will be determined on an individual basis.


Students must complete a minimum of 109 semester hours from the following.

Special Clinical/Practicum Requirements

To be engaged in any clinical practicum experience, students will be required to meet program requirements.  See the Clinical Requirements HERE

Grading Policies

Students must make satisfactory progress in audiology graduate courses. Retention in the program requires adherence to Graduate School and audiology program requirements and regulations. Please refer to the Graduate School “General Regulations” and the NIU Audiology Student Handbook and Clinical Education Manual.