The Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science offers students the opportunity to pursue an integrated program of study leading to dual doctorate degrees in the field of Audiology and Hearing Science. The Ph.D./Au.D. dual degree program trains students in the clinical research and clinical practice in audiology. Students in the program gain training that will prepare them to become independent scholars, to teach in higher-education, to conduct research, to become certified clinical audiologists, and to gain skills in leadership. The dual degree program allows students to pursue both their clinical training and their research training in a rigorous, intensive and streamlined program. The dual AuD/PhD program is appropriate for students seeking academic, clinical and research training with significant overlap and within the scope of practice of audiology. Students whose area of research does not fall within the scope of practice of audiology and would require significant additional training to be well prepared for their PhD research should not pursue the dual AuD/PhD but rather separate AuD and PhD programs.
Students may apply to both programs simultaneously, or may apply to the Ph.D. portion after having been accepted into the Au.D. portion or may apply to the Au.D. portion after having been accepted into the Ph.D. portion.
Students are required to have at least 131 credit hours towards the dual degree. Students will complete the full 89 credits required in the Au.D. curriculum. A minimum of 42 additional credit hours, including dissertation credits, will also be required to receive the dual Au.D./Ph.D. These 42 credit hours will include one additional minor outside of SLHS, the teaching practicum, the research practicum, additional statistics and research tools courses, and the dissertation. While the Au.D. portion is highly prescribed, the Ph.D. program varies greatly and is individualized to meet the research interests and career goals of the student. The timeline of the dual Au.D./Ph.D. varies according to the research program pursued, the advisor, the full-time status of the student, and other opportunities that arise during the course of the dual program. Potential advisors can be found on our research page, and interested students should reach out to faculty members directly.
Information on the curriculum for the Au.D./Ph.D. program is outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.