Admission Requirements | Audiology

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
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Essay questions and writing sample
  • Spirit of teamwork
  • Community and/or college service
  • Prior audiologic care experiences
  • Accuracy, completeness, and neatness of application
  • Demonstration of commitment to pursuing a professional career in audiology

The GRE is not required for admission. GRE scores reported on the CSDCAS application are not used in the evaluation of the application.

Prerequisite Courses

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 and behavioral sciences, among other diverse majors.

Core courses in English, statistics, human biology, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences are required for admission to the AuD program. Science courses must have been taken within the last 7 years from the start of the program in August. 

Please review the complete program prerequisites for the full 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.

Required for Admission

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 45 semester credits  and the 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, and can be in-progress at the time of the application and application deadline. 
  • CSDCAS application
  • 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. The other two 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.
  • Although we do not require that applicants have volunteer or observation experiences prior to admission,  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. Shadowing or observing an audiologist is strongly recommended.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The deadline to take the TOEFL exam 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 document Essential Functions for Audiology Education: Admissions and Retention Requirements (pdf)

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University, prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to some programs.

Minimum Test Score Requirements





600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall

Minimum per section:

20 reading

21 listening

22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:


Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date)
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States

Important Licensing Information

All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico require licensure or other registration to practice audiology. A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a graduate's ability to attain licensure or professional certification in audiology. Students are urged to contact the appropriate state licensing or professional certification agency for further information.