Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

About Our Program

Pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas prepares you to work effectively with people who have communication disorders. Our program offers coursework leading to the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. Also, completing required course work, laboratory training, and clinical practicum experiences qualify you for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A) and satisfy the requirements for Texas state licensure in speech-language pathology. You can find additional information about careers in speech-language pathology, on our Careers page.

You can gain valuable research experience by working with our faculty members on various projects. You’ll have access to laboratories for research, clinical treatment rooms, a clinic library, a student workroom, and a computer lab. Faculty research areas include:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation
  • Auditory evoked potential
  • Auditory rehabilitation
  • Correlates of tinnitus
  • Effects of bilingualism and motivation on language behaviors, learning, and therapeutic outcomes
  • Hearing technology
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Speech perception

For more information on our faculty research areas and clinical specialties, please see our faculty pages.

UNT’s clinically focused Au.D. program offers outstanding hands-on experience to prepare you for work as a practitioner. Along with the on-campus practicum at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, offsite practicum opportunities are available at more than 100 sites in the region. Sites include hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, and public schools administering hearing screenings and raising hearing loss awareness. All practicum requirements are closely monitored by a clinical supervisor. Clinical competencies are reviewed each semester with the clinical supervisor. Academic knowledge and clinical competency are also studied through formative and summative assessments at different stages of the programs. For more information on clinical opportunities and requirements for doctoral students in Audiology, please see here.

Our students have a 100 percent pass rate on the AHSA Praxis Exam and 100% of graduates are employed in the field of Audiology within one year of graduation. For more details on our student outcomes, see our program statistics page.

 


The Clinical Doctorate (Au.D.) education program in Audiology at the University of North Texas 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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the UNT Au.D. program take to complete?

The Doctor of Audiology program can typically be completed in 11 academic terms (i.e. 8 Fall/Spring and 3 Summer terms) if all prerequisites have been met before admission. For more information on the coursework included in the program, see the model degree plan here.

Is there an online option for the UNT Au.D. program?

UNT's clinically focused program is a traditional face-to-face program, and we do not offer online coursework at this time.

Can I arrange a visit/tour of the program?

Tours of the department and its clinical facilities are available for applicants to the Doctor of Audiology Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Department tours are led by current UNT ASLP graduate students. Tours are offered during the year depending on availability and are by appointment only. Please send an e-mail if you wish to make an appointment for a departmental tour. Applicants may also arrange for a UNT campus tour through the UNT Campus Tours Office.

What assistantship, scholarship, or other funding opportunities are available in the UNT Au.D. program?

All applicants to the UNT Doctor of Audiology Program in Speech-Language Pathology who submit each required component of their graduate application by the stated application deadline are automatically considered for competitive departmental assistantship awards.  An assistantship application is necessary to be hired for a competitive departmental assistantship award.  The department will invite individual applicants to apply on an as-needed basis.

All applicants are advised to submit UNT's General Scholarship Application (more information can be found here) to be considered for a variety of competitive scholarships offered by the university and the department. All applicants are also strongly advised to work with their undergraduate advisor to identify sources of extramural scholarship, loan, and grant support for which the applicant can apply, before the start of graduate school.  Many of these extramural funding mechanisms have application deadlines well in advance of the anticipated date of fall matriculation into the graduate program. 

Who can apply to the UNT Au.D. program?

Individuals from any undergraduate field of study may apply to the Doctor of Audiology Program in Speech-Language Pathology. However, if the coursework listed here was not a part of an applicant’s undergraduate studies, the student will be required to complete the courses alongside their graduate-level coursework upon acceptance into the program and completed before their externship year.

Are there minimum GRE or GPA requirements for applicants to the UNT Au.D. program?

Our Admissions Committee evaluates applicants holistically, considering all aspects of an applicant's profile in making the best admissions decisions for our incoming cohort. As such, there is no set minimum for application data such as GPA or GRE. The UNT Au.D. SLP program is a competitive admissions program and you can find more information on the applicant profile of admitted classes on our program statistics page.

How do I apply to the UNT Au.D. program?

Admission to the Doctor of Audiology Program in Speech-Language Pathology is one time per year in the Fall. All application materials must be received on or before the application deadline date to be considered. Incomplete application portfolios are not reviewed by the admissions committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all elements of the application have been received by UNT. Applicants can check their application status and a checklist of departmental application components via the MyUNT Portal. Detailed information for the upcoming/current admissions cycle can be found below.

 

 


Fall 2020 Admissions Information

Applying to the UNT Au.D. program includes two parts – application to the Toulouse Graduate School (Part 1, due December 15, 2019) and the submission of departmental application components (Part 2, due January 15, 2020). Refer to the following steps as you prepare to apply to our program at UNT.


 

Application Part 1 (Toulouse Graduate School application) 

Application Part 1 will open for submission July 1, 2019, and must be completed by December 15, 2019, for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle. Please note that international applicants may have additional requirements beyond what is listed here. Additional important information for international applicants can be found on the Toulouse Graduate School website here.

Step 1: Submit your application form (ApplyTexas)
Complete the UNT Graduate Application via the Toulouse Graduate School via ApplyTexas. Designate Audiology as your intended major field.

Step 2: Submit your Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores
All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing subtests — and to report all their GRE scores to UNT--Denton (ETS Code 6481).

We recommend you begin taking the GRE during the summer before you intend to apply. This will provide you with ample time to retake the exam if you choose to do so, however we do take your highest score into account. If you take the GRE multiple times, we will take your scores from when your combined subject scores were the highest. We consider any scores above the 50th percentile to be competitive. Percentile ranks and their corresponding numeric scores can be located on the ETS website: www.ets.org.

  • Applicants who took the GRE within five years of the time of their application do not need to re-take the GRE for application to UNT.  Because ETS maintains score reports up to five years after the time of testing, the applicant should contact ETS to request that score reports be sent to UNT. 
  • Applicants who took the GRE over five years before the time of their application will be unable to request that ETS submit their scores to UNT.  Applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago and who have the original hard copy ETS score reports in their possession may submit these scores for consideration by taking the original hard copy ETS score report, in person, to the Toulouse Graduate School.  Those applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago but who do not have the original hard copy ETS score report in their possession will be required to re-take the GRE and to submit the new GRE scores to Toulouse Graduate School as part of their application. 

Step 3: Submit official transcripts

Please arrange for all official transcripts from all universities attended (both undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including community college transcripts) to be sent directly to:

Toulouse Graduate School
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle # 305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Please do not send transcripts directly to the Department. They must be received by the Graduate School for proper processing.

All application materials must be received on or before the application deadline date to be considered. Incomplete application portfolios are not reviewed by the admissions committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all elements of the application have been received by UNT. Applicants should check their application status and a checklist of Departmental application components via the MyUNT Portal. More information about submitting transcripts and GRE scores can be found on the Toulouse Graduate School's website here. Additional questions about this process should be directed to the Toulouse Graduate School at (940) 565-2383 or GraduateSchool@unt.edu

 

Application Part 2 (departmental application components)

Application Part 2 submission will open for submission in September 2019 and must be completed by January 15, 2020, for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle. You must wait until you have completed your application through ApplyTexas and have received a UNT ID number to submit the departmental components. Our department requires the submission of three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Please see below for more information on these elements (as well as links to submit, when they open in September 2019). 

Departmental Component #1: Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. It preferred that these recommendations be written and sent by individuals who are familiar with your academic background and who can attest to your aptitude for challenging graduate-level academic work, or by audiologists who have supervised you in a clinical environment. The number of recommendations from individuals outside of academia (e.g. employers, community leaders) should be kept to a minimum, and they may be weighted differently based on their relevance to academic-specific information.

Information on how to submit letters of recommendation will be available here beginning in September 2019. 

 

Departmental Component #2: Personal Statement

A personal statement describing your professional goals and your preparation for graduate study in audiology is required for all applicants. The length of the statement should be limited to one page single-spaced.

Information on how to submit personsal statements will be available here beginning in September 2019. 

 

For any additional admissions and application related questions, please click here to send an email. Please allow 5 business days for a reply when classes are in session. Replies may take longer between academic terms. We appreciate your patience.