Communication Sciences and Disorders

Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D) Degree

Consult the Course Catalog for specific Au.D. requirements.

The general educational objectives of the AuD Program of Study are to: (1) prepare audiology practitioners who are well-grounded in the basic sciences; (2) provide didactic coursework and supervised clinical practicum experiences necessary to enable students to develop competencies in the areas outlined by ASHA (Foundations of Practice, Prevention and Identification, and Evaluation and Treatment), and (3) expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical practice.

Students completing the Au.D. program will have met the course and practicum requirements set by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology and for New York State licensure.
The Doctor of Audiology education program in audiology at Syracuse University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Any student holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, will be eligible for the AuD program in audiology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in the field of speech and/or hearing sciences. However, in order to comply with ASHA general education requirements, all students will need to take, or show evidence of having taken, coursework in math, science, social science, basic human communication processes, and speech/language disorders. If a student has not taken any of these courses as an undergraduate and needs to take them as part of the graduate program, then it may add to the length of the student's program. (see below for more details of general education requirements)

FALL SEMESTER I--(Total Fall Credits = 14)

  • CSD 673 Hearing Aids I (3 cr)
  • CSD 661 Advanced Clinical Audiology I (3 cr)
  • CSD 637 Instrumentation of Speech and Hearing (3 cr)
  • CSD 659 Intro to Research (1 cr)
  • Statistics (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SPRING SEMESTER I--(Total Spring Credits = 13)

  • CSD 675 Auditory Processing Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 665 Medical Audiology (3 cr)
  • CSD 663 Auditory Evoked Potentials (3 cr)
  • CSD 658 Auditory Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SUMMER SEMESTER I--(Total Summer Credits = 9)

  • CSD 785 Professional Issues (2 cr)
  • CSD 668 Cerumen Management (1 cr)
  • CSD 667 Aural Rehabilitation (3 cr elective)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum

FALL SEMESTER II --(Total Fall Credits = 13)

  • CSD 671 Advanced Clinical Audiology II (3 cr)
  • CSD 798 Current Research in Audiology and SLP (3 cr)
  • CSD 788 Pharmacology in Audiology (2 cr)
  • CSD 787 Vestibular Assessment & Management (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 cr)
    • Note- Fall total credits shown include CSD 787 and elective
      EVEN years: students in 2nd year will take 12 credits in the Fall (CSD 788 and 781)
      ODD years: students in 2nd year will take 14 credits in the Fall (CSD 787 and elective)

SPRING SEMESTER II--(Total Spring Credits = 12)

  • CSD 662 Pediatric Audiology (3 cr)
  • CSD 783 Cochlear Implants (3 cr)
  • CSD 674 Hearing Aids II (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 cr)

SUMMER SEMESTER II--(Total Summer Credits = 9)

  • CSD 612 Genetics, Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 600 Counseling of Individuals with Communication Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 cr)

FALL SEMESTER III--(Total Fall Credits = 8)

  • CSD 781 Hearing Conservation and Environmental Audiology (2 cr)
  • CSD 760 Directed Research (1 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 cr)
    • Note- Fall total credits shown include CSD 781 and CSD 788
      EVEN years: students in 3rd year will take 7 credits in the Fall (CSD 788 and 781)
      ODD years: students in 3rd year will take 9 credits in the Fall (CSD 787 and elective)

SPRING SEMESTER III--(Total Spring Credits = 6)

  • CSD 666 Speech Perception & Psychoacousitcs (3 cr)
  • CSD 760 Directed Research (1 cr)
  • Capstone Experience (0 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advance Clinical Practicum (2 cr)

SUMMER SEMESTER III--(Total Summer Credits = 8)

  • CSD 996 Internship in Audiology (8 cr)
  • GRD 998 Degree in Progress (0 cr)

FALL SEMESTER IV--(Total Fall Credits = 0)

  • GRD 998 Degree in Progress
  • Internship in Audiology continued

SPRING SEMESTER IV--(Total Spring Credits = 0)

  • GRD 998 Degree in Progress
  • Internship in Audiology continued

*** Note ASL (3 credits) was deleted from the curriculum and is now considered a prerequisite or can be taken as an elective.

Total credits: 92

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Students will have a wide variety of clinical experiences. They will begin work in the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, where they will receive maximum supervision. The Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, opened in 1972, are located in a separate wing of the Gordon D. Hoople Building. The clinics serve the Syracuse community and surrounding areas. Audiology practica in the Gebbie Hearing Clinic include diagnostic evaluations of clients of all ages as well as participation in a comprehensive Hearing Aid Delivery Program. Students obtain first-hand experience in the entire hearing aid delivery process, including evaluation, selection, fitting, and counseling. Aural rehabilitation practicum is obtained in the Gebbie Clinic or at a variety of external practicum sites.

After their first academic year, students will be placed at one of our local extern sites, which include clinical rotations in hospitals, private-practices, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the Syracuse area. Through these various externships, students are not only exposed to a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative modalities, but also have opportunities to observe procedures such as otologic surgeries and neuroimaging. We have extern sites located in less populated areas that serve more rural communities and other sites that are based in large metropolitan areas. Externship sites in the central NY region for audiology students include hospitals & medical centers in Syracuse, Albany, Utica and Rochester. During the fourth year of the program, audiology students are placed in a full-time clinical externship. These full-time externship sites may be located within the Syracuse area or in many other locations in New York State and across the country, such as:

  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary - Boston, MA
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital
    • Tampa, FL
    • Syracuse, NY
    • Buffalo, NY
    • Boston, MA
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Portland, OR
    • Seattle, WA
  • Bassett Healthcare (Cooperstown, NY)
  • Cornel Weil Medical Center, (New York, NY)
  • Hospital for Sick Kids (Toronto, ON, CA)
  • NYU Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • SUNY Downstate Medical University (Brooklyn, NY)
  • University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH)
  • Tripler Army Medical Center (Honolulu, HI)
  • University of Miami Medical Center (Miami, FL)
  • University of SC Cochlear Implant Center (Columbia, SC)

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Background course requirements for incoming AuD graduate students:

Students may be accepted into the AuD graduate program with or without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).  There are no formal prerequisite course requirements for admission into the program.  However, those students who lack specific background undergraduate coursework will have additional requirements to complete either before or during the graduate program.   
Evidence of at least one course in each of these four areas is required.  These courses are typically completed as part of an undergraduate curriculum.  If not completed then, they must be completed by the end of the graduate program (may be taken for undergraduate credit.) Examples of appropriate courses in each of these four areas are listed below. 

Course area

Accepted/strongly recommended courses

Examples of courses not generally accepted

Biological Science

Courses in human biology including human anatomy & physiology, micro/macro-biology, cellular biology, or other similar human biology topics strongly preferred.

Nutrition, plant biology, botany, &cultural anthropology. CSD Courses not accepted.


"Statistics" required in the course title.
Stats from psychology/social sciences or mathematics departments accepted.

Regular math courses

Physical Science

Physics, chemistry, organic/biochemistry

Speech science or hearing science from a CSD department unacceptable; earth science, meteorology, astronomy, geology, forensic science, materials sciences

Behavioral Science

Psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience accepted. Other social science courses addressing human / societal behavior may be acceptable.

Health, wellness

Students entering the AuD program:

Students entering the AuD program are not required to have any undergraduate background courses in CSD; however, the 92 credit AuD curriculum does not include courses that are needed to fulfill the prerequisite skills and knowledge of life sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics (see above) and the following basic ASHA knowledge and skills areas:

  • Normal development of speech and language
  • Manual communication (American Sign Languaage)

If these courses have not been completed at the undergraduate level, they may be taken during the graduate program.  Addition of these courses may increase the number of total credits and the length of the program. One of these courses (3 credits) can be counted as an elective in the AuD program.  See the section below on determination of fulfillment of these background course requirements.

Additional background courses which are highly recommended for all AuD students include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Hearing Science/Acoustics
  • Speech Science
  • Basic/Introductory Clinical Audiolgy

Students who do not have these background courses, and enroll directly into CSD 661 Advanced Clinical Audiology and other first semester courses, are expected to complete background work on their own in conjunction with the required full load of courses.  Please be aware that this places a significant burden on the student – particularly those who do not have a strong science and math background.   
Some students are more comfortable taking the full range of prerequisite coursework.  Those students may wish to take these courses at their undergraduate institution or online prior to beginning graduate study.  As each case is different, you will want to contact the department to discuss your particular situation.

Determination of fulfillment of background course requirements and course equivalency:

Any courses previously taken for undergraduate (or in some cases graduate) credit will be evaluated by the faculty advisor to determine course equivalencies and fulfillment of ASHA knowledge and skills requirements.  No credit is transferred for fulfillment of the background requirements described above, as they are not part of the graduate program.  Rather, competencies will be marked as fulfilled or unfulfilled following this review.
Applicants should understand the following regarding the review of background course requirements:

  • Courses must be taken at an accredited college or university and official transcript documentation of each course is required.
  • All courses must be a minimum of 3 credits and a passing grade must have been obtained. Courses for which grades of D+, D, D-, F or Fail appear on the transcript will not be accepted.
  • Course descriptions, syllabi, and other materials may be required to demonstrate that a given course fulfills the requirement, which is determined by the faculty of the graduate programs.
  • Courses within Communication Sciences and Disorders programs may not be counted to fulfill general education requirements in biological or physical sciences.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be accepted; however AP credit must be recorded on the student’s official undergraduate transcript(s).

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At the conclusion of their academic and local clinic work, each student must pass an examination designed to comprehensively and intensively assess AuD students' academic and clinical preparation.

Syracuse University also offers a combined AuD/PhD degree program for those students interested in receiving both a professional doctoral degree (AuD) and a research doctoral degree (PhD).

The AuD/PhD is 110 a credit program, which allows students to pursue both their clinical training and their research training in a rigorous, intensive and streamlined program. All students must be accepted into the AuD program, and application to the dual AuD/PhD program is made after successful completion of the first year of the AuD program. Each student in the AuD/PhD program must have a faculty research sponsor, and this sponsorship must be agreed upon prior to the time of enrollment in the dual program. Students must pass a prequalifying exam at the end of their first year in the AuD/PhD program, and qualifying exams at the end of their coursework. The academic and research experiences lead to the dissertation, which is typically begun in the fourth year of study. It is anticipated that the dual degree can be completed in 6 years of full-time study.