2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audiology, AuD


Kathy Vander Werff, Ph.D.
621 Skytop Road, Suite 1200


Phone: 315-443-9637
Email: csd@syr.edu


Academic: Karen Doherty, Beth Prieve, Kathy Vander Werff, Jamie Desjardins; Clinical: Joseph Pellegrino, Kristen Kennedy and Tammy Kordas; Adjunct instructors for specialty areas. 

Program Description

The clinical Doctor of Audiology (Au. D.) at Syracuse University is a nationally ranked, accredited programs with a long history of excellence. While pursuing an audiology degree, students have the opportunity to work with researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories and to learn from certified audiologists who have expertise that span all areas of hearing. In addition, the location of the University provides students opportunities to gain clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment with a wide variety of clinical populations.

The Au.D. program provides both substantive knowledge and practical experience through a carefully selected sequence of academic study, clinical practice, and research training. The general educational objectives of the Au.D. 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 the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and (3) expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical practice.

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 Au.D. program in audiology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, but we highly recommend completing background coursework in the areas of anatomy & physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism and basic clinical audiology prior to entering the program. 

Students will have a wide variety of clinical experiences. They will begin work in the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, where they will receive maximum supervision. Later in the program they 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. We have extern sites located in large metropolitan areas and also in less populated areas that serve more rural communities.

Students are not only exposed to a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative modalities, but also may opportunities to observe procedures such as otologic surgeries and neuroimaging. In the fourth year, students will be engaged in a full-time clinical externship. At the conclusion of their academic and local clinic work, each student must pass an examination designed to comprehensively and intensively assess his/her academic and clinical preparation.


The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in Audiology (residential) 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. 


Admission occurs once per year for fall entry. Applicants must complete a common application on the CSDCAS system for consideration.   See our website for links to the online application: https://thecollege.syr.edu/department-communication-sciences-disorders/graduate-program/apply-ms-slp-and-aud/

Applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, essays, and three letters of recommendation. Although the minimum GPA is generally 3.0, a 3.4 or higher is recommended to be competitive. GRE scores are optional. If submitted, strong GRE scores will enhance applications; GRE scores will not be used to deny admission or funding. Additionally, international students must score a minimum of 105 on the TOEFL exam. 

Student Learning Outcomes

1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of practice, including the biological, physical and psychophysical, cognitive, medical, social, psychological foundations of hearing and hearing loss and the ramifications of hearing loss on communication, educational, vocational, social, and psychological functioning.

2. The student will describe (and when possible) perform clinical procedures that prevent hearing and balance loss, screen those at risk for hearing or balance loss, and promote hearing and balance wellness.

3. The student will describe and perform behavioral and electrophysiological measures of hearing and balance and will combine the results of those measures with relevant case history to arrive at a diagnosis (making appropriate referrals when appropriate).

4. The student will provide (or describe/simulate) intervention services to individuals with hearing loss, balance disorders, and other auditory dysfunction that compromise quality of receptive and expressive communication or balance.

5. The student must demonstrate the ability to critically examine patient outcomes, research findings, and emerging technologies in order to validate current practices and improve services.

Degree Requirements

This is a four-year program that requires the completion of 67 credits of academic coursework and 25 clinical practicum credits for a total of 92 graduate credits.  Students will complete the Audiology Intensive Exam at the end of their third year of study, prior to their one-year externship placement.

A student must earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to complete the degree. Students with an academic GPA of less than 2.6 at the end of the first semester in the degree program, or an academic or clinic GPA of less than 3.0 at the end of the first academic year, may be asked to leave the program.

II. Non-CSD Requirements - 3 credits

III. Clinical Courses - 25 credits


The CSD academic department and Gebbie Speech Language Hearing Clinic are located at 621 Skytop Road on South Campus.

Transfer Credit

Students may petition to transfer up to 12 graduate credits from another university into the Doctor of Audiology program.

Part-time Study

Part time study is not available in the Doctor of Audiology program.

Total Credits = 92