This is a named option within the Audiology Au.D.

The Au.D. program is a four-year professional doctorate program offered jointly by the UW–Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the UW–Stevens Point School of Communicative Disorders.

The program was designed to train professional audiologists through a firm foundation in science and technology. Clerkships and onsite mentoring assure that students graduate with superior clinical skills.

In this unique program, lecture classes are taught simultaneously at both campuses; videoconferencing allows for interaction with students and faculty at the remote campus. Laboratory experiences are taught separately, using the same curriculum, on each campus. Summer academic course work is entirely online, and clinical experiences take place both on and off campus.

The Au.D. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech–Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.

Please consult the table below for key information about this degree program’s admissions requirements. The program may have more detailed admissions requirements, which can be found below the table or on the program’s website.

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School as well as the program(s). Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.

Fall Deadline January 15
Spring Deadline The program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline The program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

An undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders is recommended, but not required, for admission to the Au.D. program. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, you must make up any coursework deficiencies before your graduate study.

Students apply to either the named option (sub-major) in "Audiology: Collaborative Program at Stevens Point" or "Audiology: Collaborative Program at UW-Madison."

Apply Online

Fall Application Deadline: January 15

NOTABLE ADVICE

  • Submit all materials one week prior to deadline. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • File your application early. Do not wait until you can gather all your materials. It is better to file early and send additional items as they become available.
  • Track your application status. After submission of your application, you will receive a link to a personal web page where you can track your application status. We update this page as we receive your materials, usually within two weeks of receipt.
  • For more information, review the UW–Madison Graduate School Steps to Apply and Admissions FAQs.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Program Resources

Financial assistance, sometimes available to graduate students in communication sciences and disorders, consists of scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and project and research assistant positions. Financial assistance is very limited and varies from year to year. 

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

Accelerated: Accelerated programs are offered at a fast pace that condenses the time to completion. Students are able to complete a program with minimal disruptions to careers and other commitments.

Evening/Weekend: ​Courses meet on the UW–Madison campus only in evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate typical business schedules.  Students have the advantages of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to keep work and other life commitments.

Face-to-Face: Courses typically meet during weekdays on the UW-Madison Campus.

Hybrid: These programs combine face-to-face and online learning formats.  Contact the program for more specific information.

Online: These programs are offered 100% online.  Some programs may require an on-campus orientation or residency experience, but the courses will be facilitated in an online format.

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 90 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 90 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 90 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) policy (https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
This program follows the Graduate School's GPA Requirement policy (https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1203).
Other Grade Requirements Grades lower than a B are evaluated by the department according to the procedure described in the handbook.
Assessments and Examinations Taking the Praxis Exam is required to obtain the degree.
Language Requirements One introductory course in Sign Language is a prerequisite and required to be taken during graduate study if not already taken as an undergraduate.
Breadth Requirement Audiology doctoral students are not required to complete a doctoral minor or graduate/professional certificate; they may pursue a minor or certificate if they wish.

REQUIRED COURSES

Following is the course sequence students follow. Note that CS&D 865 Practice Management is only taken once, but is offered in alternating years, and that CS&D 424 Sign Language I is a prerequisite to the program requirements and does not count toward the minimum of 90 credits.

Year 1, Fall Semester
CS&D 850 Hearing Science I: Basic Acoustics and Psychoacoustics3
CS&D 852 Hearing Assessment2
CS&D 853 Hearing Assessment Laboratory1
CS&D 854 Electroacoustics and Instrument Calibration2
CS&D 855 Electroacoustics and Calibration Laboratory1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I2
Prerequisite; optional if not completed in undergrad:
Sign Language I
Year 1, Spring Semester
CS&D 832 Pediatric Audiology3
CS&D 856 Amplification Systems I2
CS&D 857 Laboratory in Amplification Systems I1
CS&D 858 Physiological Assessment in Audiology I2
CS&D 859 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System I1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I2
Year 1, Summer Semester
CS&D 833 Occupational Audiology2
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II3
Year 2, Fall Semester
CS&D 835 Clinical Research Methods3
CS&D 860 Physiological Assessment in Audiology II2
CS&D 861 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System II1
CS&D 845 The Human Balance System: Structure, Assessment, and Rehabilitation2
CS&D 846 The Human Balance System: Laboratory1
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II2
Year 2, Spring Semester
CS&D 849 Geriatric Audiology: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation2
CS&D 862 Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies II3
CS&D 865 Practice Management (taken once; offered every other year)2
CS&D 866 Amplification Systems II2
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II2
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology1
Year 2, Summer Semester
CS&D 806 Professional Issues: Medical Issues1
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Fall Semester
CS&D 863 Implantable Auditory Prostheses2
CS&D 834 Counseling in Audiology2
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Spring Semester
CS&D 865 Practice Management (taken once; offered every other year)2
CS&D 867 School Methods for Audiologists1
CS&D 836 Pediatric Habilitation/Rehabilitation3
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Summer Semester
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3
Year 4, Fall Semester
CS&D 921 Seminar-Problems in Audiology3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3
Year 4, Spring Semester
CS&D 921 Seminar-Problems in Audiology3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3
Total Credits90

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-SPECIFIC POLICIES

PRIOR COURSEWORK

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No prior coursework from other institutions is allowed.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count a sign language course taken as an undergraduate at UW-Madison toward the prerequisite requirement for the degree.

UW–Madison University Special

No prior coursework from UW–Madison University Special career is allowed.

PROBATION

A student failing to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and will be required to raise his/her GPA to 3.0 or above in the following semester. If the GPA is not raised to 3.0 or above in the following semester, the student will be dismissed from the program. A student receiving a course grade less than “B” shall receive a written warning reminding the student of the “no more than two grades below a “B” rule and shall be placed on academic probation.

Students who are having difficulty with essential abilities and/or meeting competencies in coursework will receive a written improvement plan. An improvement plan specifies the ASHA standards and competencies that the student has not met, as well as a statement explaining what the student must do to meet competency level and a statement explaining what the faculty will do to provide opportunities for improved performance. An improvement plan may require the student to retake an examination or even repeat an entire course if deemed necessary by the academic instructor. If a student has an improvement plan, he/she should communicate regularly with each academic instructor to discuss the plan each semester the plan is in place. The student is responsible for scheduling these communications. 

In addition to the department's probation  policy, the Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

When students are admitted to the Au.D. program, they are provided with a course sequence for the entire program. It is strongly recommended that students adhere to this sequence, although modifications to the plan may be made in consultation with the Au.D. program advisor and the director of clinical education. Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. The Au.D. program advisor is the assigned advisor for students in the Au.D. program.  Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

TIME Limits

This program follows the Graduate School's Time Limits policy.

Consult the program for additional program-specific time constraints.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances. They may also contact the L&S Academic Divisional Associate Deans, the L&S Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Administration, or the L&S Director of Human Resources.

The formal procedure for handling student concerns and grievances requires the student to begin at the source of the problem, and then to work up the administrative structure in a manner appropriate to the nature of the problem. All efforts will be made to achieve a resolution within the program; if this level of resolution is not reached, the complaint will be addressed to the affected department. The preferred channels in order are as follows: (1) the affected faculty member or clinical supervisor, (2) the Program Director on the student's home campus, who may refer the matter to the full Au.D. Faculty, (3) the Chair of the involved department who may refer it to the appropriate Associate Dean or Dean from the relevant academic year Au.D. Student Handbook campus. Although this route is usual, no policy would prevent any individual student or faculty member from seeking input at higher administrative levels. If the student has a complaint about the program or its accreditation, the student is referred to the following ASHA website for information on how to complain with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA): https://caa.asha.org/     

OTHER

n/a

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