(Note: Applicants for the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology, please see SPLA; Applications for the Hearing and Speech Sciences Ph.D., please see HESP). Advanced graduate study in clinical audiology available through the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences includes the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Audiology. Either of these doctoral programs is available to post-baccalaureate or post-masters students. A "fast-track" Au.D. option is available to post-masters students meeting certain criteria specified below. Both of these graduate programs provide curricula designed to meet the educational and clinical experiences required to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Board Certification in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA). A dual degree program is available to CAUD students. Those students in the program who wish to pursue the Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology will earn the Au.D. at the point in doctoral training when they have completed all of the academic, clinical, and research requirements for this first professional degree.
Admissions to the graduate program in Clinical Audiology is on a very competitive basis. Students admitted to the Au.D. or Clinical Ph.D. program in Audiology must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 from a master's degree program, or 3.4 from a baccalaureate program in hearing and speech sciences, or related discipline. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department requires all applicants to furnish scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Admission to both programs is primarily confined to fall matriculation, although students may enter the program in the summer session to complete undergraduate pre-requisites. Prospective applicants should note that decisions on summer and fall admissions are made in early March. Students must submit application materials for the fall semester by January 15. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the hearing and speech sciences or a related field are considered for admission to the Au.D. and Dual Degree (Au.D./Ph.D.) programs, which usually require four and six years of graduate study, respectively. Individuals without a background in the hearing and speech sciences typically require an additional year to complete the degree requirements. Only full-time students are admitted to these post-BA programs. A "fast track" of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is available to practicing audiologists. Applicants to this fast track must have a graduate degree in Audiology with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in graduate work, and either the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) or a valid state license to practice audiology. Admissions requirements further include a minimum of two years of full time (32 hrs/week) post-masters professional audiological experience during the two years immediately preceding the application to the program and three letters of recommendation supporting these experiences. Students may enroll in the post-M.A. Au.D. program on a part-time basis.
Type of Applicant Fall Spring
Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; International Applicants seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants
Deadline: January 15
International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
Deadline: January 15
All applicants to the CAUD graduate program are required to furnish GRE scores taken within the last five years, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies. Additionally, professional audiologists applying to the post-MA program must also submit evidence of ASHA certification or state licensure, and evidence of two years of full-time professional work as a clinical audiologist.
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
The Au.D. program for post-BA students requires 57 credit hours of graduate coursework, 4 credit hours for a doctoral capstone research project, 14 credit hours of clinical practicum registration, and 18 credit hours of full-time clinical internship registration, for a total of 93 credit hours. PLEASE NOTE that beginning in Spring, 2009, Au.D. students are no longer required to complete a dissertation for the Au.D. Degree. The Au.D. curriculum meets requirements specified in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as those required for Board Certification in Audiology from the American Board of Audiology. Au.D. students must pass comprehensive examinations and complete a capstone research project. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in four years. The Au.D. program for returning students who already possess an M.A. degree in Audiology requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework and 4 credit hours for a capstone research project. There is no minimum requirement of supervised clinical practicum experience, although clinical practicum will be available to students as needed.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Audiology (Ph.D.)
The Dual-degree (Au.D./Ph.D.) program requires 60 credit hours of graduate coursework, 6 credit hours of pre-candidacy research, 12 credit hours of dissertation research, 12 credit hours of clinical practicum registration, and 18 credit hours of full-time clinical internship registration, for a total of 108 credit hours. The Dual-degree program is designed to meet requirements specified in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and in the Handbook for Board Certification in Audiology of the American Board of Audiology. The program also meets all requirements of the Graduate School. Ph.D. students must develop an individual study plan with the approval of a faculty Program Planning Committee, pass comprehensive examinations, and complete a dissertation and oral defense. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in approximately 6 years. Students will earn an Au.D. degree on the way to the Ph.D. degree after they have successfully completed academic coursework, pre-candidacy research, clinical practicum, the 4th-year clinical externship, and comprehensive examinations. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences also offers the traditional Doctor of Philosophy degree, with major emphasis in either speech, language or hearing, for those students seeking careers in research or higher education without clinical training. For information about the Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences, please see HESP.
The Department's facilities include (1) numerous modern research laboratories equipped to support research in the areas of: acoustic phonetics, psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, hearing aids, infant and adult speech perception, neuropsychology, language, voice, fluency and electrophysiology. There are five sound-attenuating chambers, one semi-anechoic chamber, and one electrically-shielded chamber, devoted to research with humans, which are all integrated with computers and peripheral equipment for acoustic signal development, signal analysis, presentation and on-line data collection; (2) a Departmental library; (3) the Hearing and Speech Clinic at UMCP: this clinic serves as the initial practicum site for all students pursuing clinical training. The Clinic includes multiple audiological test suites equipped for diagnostic testing, a complete hearing aid dispensary, a group rehabilitation room, and state-of-the-art equipment for behavioral and electrophysiological diagnostic testing, as well as hearing aid selection and fitting. Ten speech and language diagnostic and therapy rooms are integrated with observation areas; and (4) an on-site language pre-school (LEAP, the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program), also equipped for observation. Students pursuing clinical training in Audiology will also have access to the Audiology Service, Division of Audiology-Head and Neck Surgery, of the University of Maryland and University Hospital in Baltimore (UMB), for part-time clinical rotations or full-time clinical externships. This Service provides a full range of auditory and vestibular diagnostic and rehabilitative services in a large metropolitan hospital setting. Students also engage in clinical activities in the Audiology Section of the Clinical Center as well as intramural research programs of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health. All of the clinical and research facilities are potentially available for the conduct of student-directed research projects, or for student participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Additional research and clinical opportunities are available at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and at other facilities in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine and the libraries of various medical schools in the Washington-Baltimore area supplement the University's extensive libraries at College Park. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences participates in the Center for the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing Training Program(C-CEBH), and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences graduate program (see NACS), which afford students the opportunity to work with faculty in other departments at the University of Maryland, College Park, or at UMB.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available through the Department. Assistantships that carry teaching, research or clinical responsibilities are awarded on a competitive basis. The Department recommends outstanding students for Graduate School Fellowships. Students may also seek assistantships or doctoral fellowships sponsored by Federal agencies (e.g., NIDCD) or private foundations (e.g., American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation; American Academy of Audiology Foundation). Students are encouraged to apply for assistantships by January 15.
Additional information about the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology (Au.D. or Ph.D.) may be obtained by contacting Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D., Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology, or by e-mailing the program at email@example.com; extensive information about the program and faculty are available at the Department's web site: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp
Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D., Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology
0100 Lefrak Hall
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences College Park