School of Audiology - Admissions Requirements
Enrollment in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program is limited and admission is selective. The Audiology Admissions Committee utilizes a holistic review process in considering applicants for admission, considering such factors as:
- Academic record, including cumulative undergraduate GPA, GPA for last 45 semester 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
Students who enter an AuD 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). AuD students 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 AuD 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 applicants to be eligible for admission.
- Minimum 3.00 for the last 45 semester credits GPA.
- Completion of all required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. All prerequisite courses must be completed 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. At least one reference is required from a professor who has taught you in college or an audiologist, either of whom can speak to your potential for success in an AuD program. Additional letters of recommendation will be accepted from one or more of the following sources: academic advisor, audiologist, healthcare professional, professor, speech-language pathologist, or supervisor/employer.
- 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 profession 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 of the year that you are applying to start the program.
- On-campus interview. Qualified candidates will be invited to an on-campus interview following review of the written application. This interview provides both you and Pacific University the opportunity to determine fit, motivation, and ability to be successful in the AuD program.
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 innovative block method of curriculum delivery, combined with the sequential nature of our AuD curriculum, does not easily support integration of students from more traditional AuD 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. Prerequisites courses, course descriptions, and syllabi from the previous institution, plus hours completed, transcripts, and other significant data, in addition to an in-person interview, will be used in making a decision.