COVID-19 Information

Grading requirements for prerequisite courses are waived for any courses that were switched to pass-fail grading by an institution in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Audiology Prerequisite Courses

Core courses in English, statistics, human biology, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences are required for admission to the AuD program. 

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.

Deadline for Courses

Science courses must have been taken within the last 7 years from the start of the program in August. Courses do not need to be completed before applying to the program or the application deadline, but if admitted, must be completed before the program begins in August.

Unofficial Prerequisites Worksheet

The unofficial prerequisites worksheet is designed to help you determine which prerequisites you have fulfilled and those which you have remaining to meet the admissions requirements for the doctor of audiology (AuD) program at Pacific University.

Completed worksheets can be submitted via email, fax, or postal mail. If you choose to submit your worksheet via email, attach a copy of your unofficial transcripts to the email message. If you choose to submit your worksheet via fax or postal mail, include a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the completed worksheet.

It can take approximately two weeks for you to receive your evaluation back with our comments.

Minimum Required Coursework

The Audiology program requires five courses for admission. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher and taken on a graded basis.

A prerequisite course may be waived with an AP or IB score based on the following criteria; science courses still must be within 7 years of the start of the program: A qualifying score is a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test or a 5 or higher on the IB examination.

Biological Science | 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours

At least one biology course is required. Must be an introduction course or higher. May include: general biology, human anatomy & physiology, micro/macro-biology, cellular biology, neuroanatomy, genetics, or other similar biology topics. (NOT accepted: an SLP/CSD department course such as anatomy and physiology of speech).

*Science courses must have been taken within the last 7 years from the start of the program in August. 

Physical Science | 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours

At least one comprehensive physics or chemistry course is required. May include general physics with or without lab, general chemistry with or without lab, or higher. (NOT accepted: an SLP/CSD department course).

*Astronomy, Cosmology, and Geology courses do not fall under our physical science requirement.

*Science courses must have been taken within the last 7 years from the start of the program in August. 

Statistics | 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours

One statistics course required. May include: introduction or general statistics or statistics within a psychology/social science/mathematics department.

Social Sciences | 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours

One social science course required. May include: psychology, sociology, human development.

English | 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours

One course required. May include: advanced composition and/or grammar, business writing, technical writing, or other similar advanced writing courses.

Additional Recommended Coursework

Although these courses are not required for admissions, it may make an applicant more competitive and prepared for the program coursework.

Higher Mathematics | Recommended courses include college algebra, calculus, etc. 

Communication Sciences/Disorders | Recommended courses include introduction to audiology (strongly recommended); audiologic (aural) rehabilitation; anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing; phonetics; language development; and language disorders.

Business | At least one business course is recommended. Courses pertinent to managing a business are strongly encouraged.

Languages | Applicants are encouraged to note any or all abilities or languages they use, in their application and a language course is recommended (world languages, American Sign Language-ASL or other spoken language).

Contact Us

Carmel Nicol | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions & Advisor Relations
503-352-7226 |

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions 
Fax: 503-532-7290 | 
Pacific University
190 SE 8th Ave., Suite 181
Hillsboro, OR 97123