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Speech & Hearing Science

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Doctor of Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree that emphasizes the application of basic science and technology and provides advanced professional training

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign audiology program provides courses and clinical experiences that prepare students to work independently in audiology. An active on-site Audiology Clinic and a wide variety of other off-site clinical experiences provide many services to various populations. Students have the opportunity to participate with faculty in research that is performed in state-of-the-art laboratories. The program size permits low student-to-instructor ratios.

The Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Scores from a GRE test taken within 5 years of the date of application. Use code 1836 to send your results to Illinois.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (Approx 500 words)
  • Resume
  • International students will need to submit scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the Graduate College website for minimum score requirements.

Program Structure

  • Years 1 & 2
    Focus more on didactic courses than on clinical practicum.
    The Comprehensive Examination, a qualifying exam, is typically taken after three semesters in the program.
  • Year 3
    The Preliminary Examination (defense of the prospectus of the Doctoral Research Project) is taken at the beginning of year 3
    Typically involves a mix of didactic coursework, clinical practicum, and the completion of the Doctoral Research Project.
  • Year 4
    Full-time clinical practicum
    The Final Examination (Defense of the Doctoral Research Project)


Select One of the Following

For more information about degree requirements contact the program director or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 593
SHS 593 Special Problems (Doctoral Project)

Hours: 10-16

SHS 599
SHS 599 Thesis Research

Hours: 10-16

Required Courseswork

Code Course
Electives/Specialty Emphasis

Hours: 12-16

Clinical Practica

Hours: 30-36

Total Hours: 112

Other Requirements

  • Masters Degree Required for Admission to AuD? No
  • Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
  • Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
  • Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
  • Dissertation Deposit Required: No
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

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