Doctor of Audiology

Western Michigan University's Au.D. is a four-year post baccalaureate professional degree offered by the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. 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.

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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/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.
  • Competitive GRE scores.

Sample program

112 semester hours

Year 1


  • Clinical Practice
  • Anatomy of Audition and Balance
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Diagnostic Audiology I


  • Clinical Practice
  • Hearing Aids
  • Pediatric Audiology
  • Statistics course I

Summer I and II

  • Clinical Practice
  • Auditory Disorders
  • Industrial and Public Health Audiology
  • Ethics, Counseling, and Professionalism

Year 2


  • Professional Field Experience
  • Vestibular Assessment
  • Statistics course II
  • Habilitative and Educational Audiology


  • Professional Field Experience
  • Diagnostic Audiology II
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Cultural Competence for Communication Sciences and Disorders

Summer I and II

  • Professional Field Experience
  • Management of Audiology Practice
  • Geriatric and Rehabilitative Audiology

Year 3


  • Professional Field Experience
  • Hearing Aids II
  • Independent Research
  • Approved elective (e.g., sign language)


  • Professional Field Experience
  • Instrumentation in Audiology
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Independent Research

Summer I and/or II

  • Clinical Externship (12 months full-time)

Year 4

Fall, Spring and/or Summer I

  • Clinical Externship