Audiology Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.)

The Clinical Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree will prepare you to become a skilled and experienced professional, trained in the areas of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology. The Au.D. program provides opportunities for you to build on knowledge, leadership skills, problem solving strategies, and professional and ethical issues in audiology.

Completion of the Au.D. program requires four years of academic and clinical work. The curriculum includes study in areas such as applied audiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, psychoacoustics, speech perception, electrophysiology, pediatric audiology, hearing conservation, aural rehabilitation, clinical instrumentation, hearing aid technology, amplification fitting/selection, counseling, multicultural, ethical and legal business issues, and research procedures.

You will gain extensive clinical experiences in the department’s clinics, as well as clinical sites outside of UNL. Off campus sites include private practices, V.A. hospitals, children's hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, and rehabilitation clinics.

The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology culminates in eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and for Licensure in Audiology in most states.

If you hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university you will be eligible for the Au.D. program in Audiology. You don’t need an undergraduate degree in speech and/or hearing science, however, ASHA requires all students to take or show evidence of having taken coursework in math, science, social science, basic human communication processes and speech/language disorders. If you have not taken any of these courses in your undergraduate program it may add one to two semesters to your program.

The Au.D. program of study is designed to meet the changing standards for certification and accreditation that have been mandated by ASHA.


  • Hearing Health Care
  • Private Practice
  • Teaching

Application to this program

Minimum admission requirements for the Au.D. program are: a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, three strong letters of recommendations and a personal statement indicating enthusiasm for the field of clinical audiology. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required with no minimum score requirement.  Acceptable TOEFL scores (paper-based-550; computer-based-213) must also be submitted by applicants that are not native speakers of English. Completed applications are reviewed and evaluated by the program's graduate admissions committee. Occasionally, students who do not meet one of the above criteria but who show promise may be accepted on a conditional basis, with the requirement that they must receive a B or better in all courses during their first semester.

Prerequisites for the program include:

Research Design
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Hearing Science (physical acoustics and acoustics of speech)
Introduction to Audiology
Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
Life Science (Human Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics)
Physical Science (Physics, Organic/Inorganic Chemistry)
Sociology (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

Most students enter this program after having completed an undergraduate sequence in Communication Disorders. If that is not your undergraduate degree, the prerequisites can be completed before program entry or concurrently. Because of the fundamental importance of hearing science, all non-UNL undergraduates must have their transcripts and/or course notes evaluated. If your hearing science course did not cover well the topics of physical acoustics and acoustics of speech, you will be required to take the UNL course.

Note to Au.D. Applicants: You will initially apply for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as this is a degree that you earn "along the way" to your final goal of the Au.D. You will have dual matriculation for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and the Au.D. in Audiology. By applying to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, you are automatically applying for the Au.D. as well.

The application process has two parts. Students must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies (Part 1) and to the Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders via GAMES (Part 2). 

Part 1:
Link to the Office of Graduate Studies Steps to Admission and submit the following:

  • Online application 
  • Transcripts 
  • TOEFL scores (International students only) (Institution code = 6877; Department code = 77) 
  • Financial Resource Certification (International students only)

Part 2:
After submitting the online application in Part 1, you will receive an e-mail notification with your new NU ID and a temporary password with instructions on how to setup your permanent password for MyRED. Now link to GAMES using your NU ID as login and MyRED password to complete the Department application. You must enter or upload the following: 

  • Resume/vita
  • Statement of purpose/ goals
  • Prerequisite courses
  • GRE scores (Institution code = 6877; Department code = 0602) 
  • Names and contact information for three references of your choosing. (GAMES will automatically email the specified people and request that each upload the recommendation to GAMES.)
  • Assistantship / Fellowship Application (optional) 
  • Writing Sample (optional)

Deadline for Au.D. Applicants

January 15th. (Summer/Fall admission only)

Contact Jill England at or 402-472-2141 for information regarding the application process. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted and received by the deadline.