Jun 02, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Audiology Doctorate (Au.D.)

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Program Overview

The program provides you with the scientific and clinical knowledge and skills needed for the practice of audiology in an environment that values teaching and clinical excellence and mentorship. Clinical experiences at the USD Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic and its affiliates include comprehensive behavioral and physiologic diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic services with individuals aged infant through elderly, as well as specialized clinic rotations in areas including, but not limited to, audiology electrophysiology, central auditory processing disorders, cochlear implant services, fetal alcohol syndrome and autism spectrum disorders and occupational hearing services. Accredited by ASHA since 1974. Learn more at usd.edu/aud.

DELIVERY: On campus

Doctor of Audiology: Total 115-121 credit hours

Major Area Coursework


All graduate students working toward the completion of graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders must meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in their area of emphasis (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) by the end of their degree program. The ASHA requirements may be waived for international students. In addition, all graduate students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in the final semester of their graduate study. The Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty will determine the content, form, and the length of the examination. Specific academic and clinical practicum requirements for the degrees and national certification are contained in the department’s Student Handbook. Consult your advisor or the department chairperson.

* Items marked with an “*” can be taken at the undergraduate level and can range from 3-15 credit hours. If all five courses are fulfilled at the undergraduate level, the total number of credit hours required for this degree will equate to 115 credit hours. If none of the courses are fulfilled at the undergraduate level, the degree will require 130 credit hours.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The educational curriculum for your academic program may or may not meet educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, please review that state and your program on USD’s Licensure-Track Programs webpage. Licensure-Track Programs

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Communication Sciences & Disorders
605-658-3870 | csd@usd.edu | usd.edu/csd

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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