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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.


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The Department of Speech and Hearing Science invites you to attend a remote Information Session. Attend from anywhere. Learn about our program and how to apply:

Nov 5, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Federal Disclosure for Doctor of Audiology Program

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Doctor of Audiology Program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure or certification in all of the 55 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Please go here to find your state’s requirements, resources and contact information.

You are encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency for your location or wherever you desire to be licensed or certified to seek information and additional guidance. Please be aware that there may be licensure or certification requirements in addition to an academic program’s curriculum.

Note: This disclosure is being made in compliance with federal regulation 34 CFR §668.43 and the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements Manual.

Deadline to submit applications

The deadline to submit applications is January 5th.

Application Requirements

The application deadline is January 5. You will need to complete the University of Illinois application through Slate at grad.uiuc.edu/Admissions/instructions.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • The Graduate College requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) from all institutions attended (follow ApplyYourself instructions). Scanned copies of all transcripts should be clear and easy to read. Please be sure that your scanned transcript(s) are legible. If they are not you may need to submit official transcripts.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination. The Department of Speech and Hearing Science has waived the GRE requirement for applications to the MA program until further notice.
  • For the MA-SLP program, a minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. For the AuD and PhD programs, three letters are required. Request letters of recommendation from faculty who are acquainted with your educational background and academic abilities. If possible, persons writing a reference letter should comment on your interpersonal and/or collaborative skills, as well as your clinical skills if relevant to the degree for which you are applying. Letters from PhD faculty are strongly recommended.
  • A Statement of Academic Purpose. This statement is a very important part of your application. The statement should be maximum 1,000 words, but a single page in length is preferred. In general the personal statement should explain why you have specifically chosen the program at the University of Illinois. Certain points that could be addressed include: i) why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field, ii) what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, iii) how you expect to use your degree after graduation, and iv) PhD applicants should state their area of research interest and identify potential faculty mentors. To illustrate these points you may briefly describe any experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training that have led you to apply. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois. PhD applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors prior to submitting their application materials.
  • A Resume. Your resume should include details (i.e. when, where, direct supervisor) about your work history, volunteer activities, teaching, clinical, and research experience. You should also list any honors/awards, grants publications and presentations you may have, as well as any other information you would like us to know about. There is no page limit for your resume.
  • International students must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on minimum score requirements for admission, see grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c. Complete instructions for international students are contained in the on-line application.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and affiliated with the Department of Speech and Hearing Science apply to the Ph.D. program through an internal application process. The internal application will include transcripts, GRE scores, and previous letters of recommendation. New GRE scores will be required if they are more than five years old. The internal application must include a new personal statement and three letters of recommendation that address the student's preparation and potential for success in the Ph.D. program. These materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee and departmental faculty in the usual manner to determine acceptance of the internal applicant into the Ph.D. program.


Number of semesters: 11

Minimum hours required for graduation: 112 hours

Minimum GPA: 3.0

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

Didactic Coursework

Didactic coursework requires 77 hours.

Code Course
SHS 540
SHS 540 Psychoacoustics

Hours: 4

SHS 541
SHS 541 Clinical Auditory Anat & Phys

Hours: 4

SHS 550 Assess Audition & Aud Disorder

Hours: 4

SHAS 551 Electrophys Indices Audition

Hours: 4 or 5

SHS 552 Diag Hear Impair Infants Child

Hours: 4

SHAS 553 Hearing Aids and Amplification

Hours: 4

SHS 554
SHS 554 Advanced Audiological Assess

Hours: 4

SHS 556 Sens Prosth Devices Hear Loss

Hours: 4

SHS 558 Tinnitus

Hours: 2

SHS 559 Hearing Conservation

Hours: 2

SHS 560 Audiological Assessment Lab

Hours: 2

SHS 561 Medical Audiology

Hours: 4

SHS 563 Amplification Lab

Hours: 2

SHS 564 Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation

Hours: 4

SHS 570 Quant Reasoning Spch Hear Sci

Hours: 2 or 4

SHS 572 Counseling in Comm Disorders

Hours: 2 to 4

SHS 579 Prof/Eth/Legal Issues AuD/SLP

Hours: 3

SHS 580 Cochlear Implants

Hours: 4

SHS 581 Auditory Processing Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 593 Special Problems (Section SS - Systems & Signals)

Hours: 1 to 8

SHS 593 Special Problems (Section EA Educational Audiology)

Hours: 1 to 8

SHS 593 Special Problems (Section ARI Advanced Aural Rehab)

Hours: 1 to 8

SHS 593 Special Problems (Section BPS Business Practice Seminar)

Hours: 1 to 8

Graduate Level Statistics course such as EPSY 580 or PSYC 506
Electives/specialty emphasis

Hours: 12 to 16

Total Hours: 77

Clinical Practica

Code Course
SHS 557 Adv Clin Prac Aud Assess Rehab

Hours: 1 to 8

Total Hours: 25

Doctoral/Capstone Project

Code Course
SHS 593 Special Problems (Capstone Project)

Hours: 1 to 8

Total Hours: 10

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

Additional Information

Financial support through the Department, typically research or teaching assistantships, is available for a limited number of students. Assistantships are awarded first to doctoral students and are based on merit and the strategic goals of the Department. For more information on financial aid, need-based financial support may be applied for through the University Financial Aid Office.

Student Achievement Data can be found here.


The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

A complaint about any accredited program or program in candidacy status may be submitted by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public. Criteria for complaints and submission requirements can be found in section XIII of the Accreditation Handbook.

The Audiology and Speech-language Pathology Certification Standards, and the Standards for Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology may be obtained by contacting the CAA office at:

CAA Office at ASHA,
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Call ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071

Access files at ASHA’s Web site at
http://asha.org/Certification/ and http://asha.org/academic/accreditation


Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850

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