AudiologyClinical 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.


  1. Critically evaluate the literature to incorporate evidence-based practice.
  2. Independently evaluate, treat, and manage persons with hearing and balance disorders.
  3. Obtain high standards of professionalism and ethics in clinical practice and scholarly work.

Completion of the Au.D. program requires four years of academic and clinical work. The curriculum includes study in areas such as applied audiology, cochlear implants, vestibular and balance, 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 standards:
–Competitive applicants will have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
–Three strong letters of recommendations attesting to the student's ability to complete a program of graduate studies.
–Personal statement indicating enthusiasm for the field of clinical audiology.
–Official score report for Verbal, Quantitative and Writing Graduate Record Examination (GRE). *GRE requirement has been temporarily waived for admissions for Summer and Fall 2021*
–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 standards but who show promise may be accepted on a provisional basis, with the requirement that they must receive a B or better in all courses during their first semester. 

Prerequisites for the program:

–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)
–Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)
–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. Application information for lateral entry students is available here. 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.

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies website and submit the following:

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

You must also enter or upload the following:

  • Resume/vita
  • Statement of purpose/ goals
  • Prerequisite courses
  • GRE scores (Institution code = 6877; Department code = 0602) - official score report must be sent for verification *GRE requirement has been temporarily waived for admissions for Summer and Fall 2021*
  • Names and contact information for three references of your choosing. (The system will automatically email the specified people and request that each complete the recommendation and upload a letter of reference.)
  • Assistantship / Fellowship Application (optional) 
  • Writing Sample (optional)

Deadline for Au.D. Applicants

January 15. (Summer/Fall admission only)

Contact with questions regarding the application process. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted and received by the deadline.