The primary mission of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is to prepare individuals for careers as clinical audiologists.
The four-year post-baccalaureate program is designed to produce audiologists who are competent to perform the wide array of diagnostic, remedial, and other services associated with the practice of audiology. Including the following areas:
- Scientific, research and ethical foundations of practice
- Prevention and identification of communication disorders
- Evaluation and treatment of disorders of auditory, balance and communication related systems
**Fast Fact: U.S. News and World Report ranks Audiology as a Best Career of 2009.
The program includes formal coursework, practicum, a year-long residency, and an independent study capstone project. A minimum of 94 credit hours is required, which consists of 56 credits of coursework and 38 credit hours of clinical practicum, including the clinical residence for one academic year. In order to meet the clinical practicum requirements for the CCC-A, students must be prepared to accept the responsibility for completing all clinical assignments necessary for generating the requisite clock hours ASHA has specified in designated clinical categories.
Point of Pride
The Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is one of the largest in the Midwest, with more than 12,000 patient visits per year.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a doctoral program must:
- have earned a master's degree or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the specific doctoral program
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for all graduate-level coursework
- submit names and email addresses of three references for letters of recommendation within the online application
- present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
The GRE is not required.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
In addition to the online University application, a student applying to this program program must visit the CSDCAS website and submit required information and documents to the CSD Combined Application System.
Via the CSDCAS system, please submit an essay. The essay much be 250 words or fewer and can simply be a personal statement OR you can discuss something or someone who has influenced you the most in your life thus far.
- Fall (August) Term — January 15
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.