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Joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego

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Professional Doctorate in Audiology (AuD)

A professional doctorate in audiology (AuD) is offered jointly by San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego). The joint doctoral program in audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The AuD program is a four-year graduate degree program designed for individuals who intend to specialize in clinical practice and to meet professional standards requiring a clinical doctorate as the entry-level degree for a licensed and ASHA-certified audiologist. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge base, research exposure, and advanced clinical skills to enter the workforce in any setting, and will be prepared to function as independent audiology professionals in the expanding health-care arena. The program encompasses academic, clinic, and research experiences in audiology and otology, through the combined resources from the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU and the Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology) in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. An AuD provides the essential education, technical training, research, and creative experience necessary for professional activity, college-level teaching, and precepting. Faculty members of the cooperating institutions teach courses, provide clinic instruction and research experiences, and are available as members of joint doctoral committees and advisers for student doctoral projects.


Students will apply to the AuD joint doctoral program through SDSU. It is expected that students will come into this program from a variety of different science backgrounds, including communicative disorders, biological and physical sciences, engineering, psychology, nursing, or a premed curriculum. Applicants for admission to the AuD program must meet the general requirements for admission to both universities with classified graduate standing as outlined in the respective catalogs. Applicants must also meet the special requirements of this program. These include (a) submission of scores on the GRE with satisfactory performance on both quantitative and verbal portions of the examination; and (b) prerequisite completion of at least one course in statistics, one course in biological sciences, one course in physical sciences, and one additional course in either biological or physical sciences, two courses in behavioral/social sciences, and one course in American Sign Language. Deficiencies in these areas may be completed after admission to the program if approved by the admissions committee.

Applicants must submit transcripts of all post-secondary course work, three letters of recommendation from former or current professors, supervisors, or other appropriate persons able to judge their academic potential, and an applicant essay (statement of purpose) indicating their interests and strengths relative to their career objectives. Details of these requirements are available on the SDSU website. Assuming that students meet the requirements for admission outlined above, each student admitted to the program will have a program adviser who will evaluate the student’s preparation in view of needs and career goals, as well as professional certification requirements.

Applicant files are reviewed as a group by an admissions committee composed of AuD program faculty from each campus. Other AuD program faculty may review files and make recommendations to the admissions committee. Given the limited number of spaces available (ten new admissions each year are anticipated, subject to available facilities), the admissions committee will select the best-qualified applicants to fill the available spaces. No minimum set of qualifications will guarantee an applicant admission to the program. The admissions committee will make recommendations for admission to the graduate deans from each campus.


Students seeking admission to the AuD program should consult the SDSU website and Graduate Bulletin for instructions and deadlines for applying. For additional information, write directly to the AuD Program Directors, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (mail code 1518), San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182.

Students will be admitted to the AuD program only in the fall semester (first year is at SDSU). Applicants must complete two online applications (CSU Mentor application and the program’s application) by the deadline posted on the SDSU AuD website ( to be considered for the program beginning the following fall semester. International students should submit materials at least two weeks earlier than other applicants.

Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at along with the application fee. Indicate Audiology (AuD) as your major/program objective. Indicate Doctorate as the degree objective. Students must also electronically submit the program’s online application by the posted deadline. See the website for other required application materials.

All applicants must submit admissions material separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, as described below.

Graduate Admissions

The following material should be submitted as a complete package directly to

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended. Note:
    • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
    • Students with international course work must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  2. GRE scores:, SDSU institution code 4682.
  3. English language score, if medium of instruction was in a language other than English:, SDSU institution code 4682.
School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

The following supplemental material should be mailed or delivered (must be received by the date posted on the program’s website) to

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
AuD Joint Doctoral Program
San Diego State University
550 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1518

  1. A hard copy of the program’s online application that was electronically submitted.
  2. Applicant essay. See “Guideline for the Applicant Essay” on the website.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Note: There is no recommendation form. Recommendation letters are to be sent with the application packet in sealed envelopes signed across the sealed flap by the person writing the letter.
  4. Your resume of experience applicable to this field, and copies of relevant abstracts/paper published by you (optional).

Post Master’s Degree Admissions: Students admitted to the AuD program with a master’s degree in audiology will be expected to complete the four-year AuD curriculum. However, some students may have had a master’s preparation in audiology in which some of the course work was similar to some of the foundation courses in the AuD program. Upon entering the program, each individual will be assessed to determine competencies/knowledge in material that would put them on par with expectations for the AuD program. For some of the foundation core courses offered the first year at SDSU, (e.g., Audiology 705, 710, 725), students may be given credit for the courses or be required to substitute a Doctoral Special Study (Audiology 798) course for one or more of these courses to ensure competencies or remediate deficiencies if approved by the program faculty. Credit for some of the first year clinic units may also be approved based on work experience; however, a full complement of expected clinical skills must be demonstrated.

Specific Requirements for the AuD

Upon admission to the program, each student will be assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will help the student select a program of study to meet all program requirements. The AuD program is a four-year program, including summer semesters after year one through three. An exact unit minimum is not specified due to the mixing of semester units (SDSU) and quarter units (UC San Diego) and differences in clinical hours at different settings; however, the program is approximately 134 semester-equivalent course units. All students in the AuD program will fulfill the following requirements. Any alternative method of fulfilling these requirements requires advanced written permission from the program directors.

Residency Requirements

After formal admission to the AuD program, the student must complete a minimum of course hours equivalent to one year’s full-time enrollment at each campus. The definition of residence must be in accord with the regulations of San Diego State University and UC San Diego. The program is designed to be shared, as equally as possible, between the two campuses. The first year is entirely at SDSU, the second year is entirely at UC San Diego, and the third year will have options from both campuses. The fourth year of the program will be a full-time clinical externship at a program-approved clinic agency or site. Both campuses will share equally in the academic, clinic, and research components of the program.

Course Requirements

The program for each student will consist of fourteen core courses, half of which are to be taken at each campus, and fourteen elective courses, with a minimum of four to be taken at each campus. The student’s faculty adviser will approve any changes to the standard curriculum.

A student who earns less than a 3.0 grade point average in academic and/or clinical course work in any given term will be placed on academic probation for the next term. If, at the end of the probationary term, the student fails to achieve a 3.0 grade point average in academic and/or clinical course work, the student will be subject to disqualification from the program. Students who earn less than a 3.0 grade point average in the spring term of the third year will be required to complete an independent study course concurrently with their fourth-year externship.

Clinic Requirements

Each student will progress through a variety of clinical experiences involving patient assessment and management throughout their program of study. Clinic experiences will require concurrent enrollment in clinic courses appropriate for the campus in which they are doing the clinical work. These supervised clinical experiences are completed in the SDSU Audiology Clinic, UC San Diego Audiology and Otology Clinics, and in community field sites. Clinic courses may be repeated as needed and require adviser approval prior to enrollment. Students must maintain an average grade of B or higher to pass clinic courses. Students are assessed across the following clinical skill categories: (1) professionals, (2) patient interaction, (3) evaluation, (4) treatment, (5) documentation. Prior to the fourth-year externship, each student will obtain approximately seven hundred hours of clinic experience. A minimum of two thousand clinical hours is required by the end of the program.


All students in the program will be evaluated at the following levels:

Advancement to Candidacy

Candidates will be recommended for advancement to candidacy after successfully completing all course and clinic requirements for Year 1 and Year 2 (with a minimum grade point average of 3.0), satisfactory performance on the first- and second-year evaluations, and approval of the doctoral project proposal. Students cannot enroll in the doctoral project course, take the comprehensive examination, or register for their externship until advanced to candidacy. The program’s executive committee recommends students eligible for advancement to candidacy to the graduate deans of both institutions.

Doctoral Project

Each student will complete an innovative doctoral project. The doctoral project will consist of a research-based investigation. Each student will select a doctoral project committee of two AuD program faculty (one from each campus) and at least one additional tenured faculty member from either campus external to the program. The chair of the committee can be from either campus. The executive committee will approve each student’s doctoral project committee. All doctoral projects will be written in a format approved by the student’s doctoral project committee. The student’s final written document will be approved by the student’s doctoral project committee and presented in a forum open to all faculty and students. Each student will enroll in two sections of the appropriate doctoral project course depending on the campus in which their committee chair resides.

The doctor of audiology (AuD) will be awarded jointly by the Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of the California State University in the names of both cooperating institutions.

Financial Support

Funding for graduate students cannot be guaranteed, although every effort will be made to provide some financial support for as many students as possible through graduate/teaching assistantships, research grants, clinical traineeships, and/or scholarships. Financial support will be awarded consistent with the policies of the two universities. Tuition and fees will be charged in accordance with the extant policies at the campus in which the student is matriculated in a given year.