Enrollment in the Doctor of Audiology degree program is limited and admission is selective. Applying early increases the chance of admission. The Audiology Admissions Committee utilizes a holistic review process in considering candidates for admission, considering such factors as:
- Academic record, including cumulative undergraduate GPA, GPA for last 45 credit hours of undergraduate study, and any post-baccalaureate GPA
- Undergraduate and any post-baccalaureate field(s) of study
- Essay questions
- Letters of recommendation
- Accuracy, completeness, and neatness of application
- Personal interview
- Writing sample
- Spirit of teamwork
- Community and/or college service
- Prior audiologic care experiences
- Demonstration of commitment to pursuing a professional career in audiology
Candidates who enter a Doctor of Audiology degree program often have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology) or in the core physical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics). Candidates may also have backgrounds in business, psychology, education, and the social/behavioral sciences, among other diverse majors.
Core courses in English, mathematics & statistics, human biology, physical sciences, and social/behavioral sciences are required for admission to the program. Review the Program Pre-Requisites information for a complete list of required and recommended courses.
Demonstration of knowledge and skills in core areas is necessary during doctoral audiology study. The Audiology Admissions Committee may advise a student to pursue additional pre- or post-baccalaureate study in specific areas, or other preparation, to help strengthen the student’s application for admission.
Pacific University School of Audiology requires the following for all candidates to be eligible for admission.
- Minimum 3.00 last 45 semester GPA.
- Completion of all required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. All prerequisite courses must be completed by mid-July before the program begins in August.
- CSDCAS custom personal essay question: Describe what inspires your decision for becoming an audiologist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, and the basis for your interest in audiology.
- Three letters of recommendation. A reference from a professor who has taught you in college and one from an audiologist is preferred. Please see the CSDCAS website for a list of acceptable references.
- We do not require that applicants have volunteer or observation experiences prior to admission. However, we do look for evidence that an applicant has enough knowledge of the field of audiology to ensure that they are making the right career choice and, therefore, are likely to succeed in the program.
- Demonstrated English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. For information on the English Proficiency Policy, please download it here. The deadline to take the TOEFL exam for candidates requiring the test to meet the English proficiency requirement is January 1, 2013.
- Interview. Qualified candidates will be invited to on on-campus interview following review of the written application. This interview provides both Pacific University the opportunity to determine fit, motivation and ability to be successful in the AuD curriculum.
Accepted students must meet and fulfill all essential functions for Pacific University School of Audiology as outlined in the Essential Functions for Audiology Education: Admissions and Retention Requirements document. Download a copy of the Essential Functions document (PDF).
The block method of curriculum delivery, combined with the integrated nature of the curriculum, does not easily support integration of students from more traditional programs. The School of Audiology will consider transfer students for admittance to advance standing only after careful review of all available information. The School will evaluate students who wish to transfer on a case by case basis, and will include a student interview. Student prerequisites, course descriptions and syllabi from the previous institution, hours completed, transcripts, and other significant data will be used in making a decision.