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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is the entry-level degree required for clinical practice in audiology. Audiologists work to improve the function and quality of life for individuals with hearing and balance disorders across the life span. A clinical doctorate differs from a Ph.D. in that the former focuses on clinical education and practice, while the latter focuses on research and teaching.

The University of Washington's Au.D. program ranks fourth nationally in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools and is also accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The program is four years in length, including the culminating full-time externship, and provides:

In the second year of the program, students may also apply to the concurrent Au.D. / Ph.D. degree program. Students accepted into this program complete all of the traditional, rigorous requirements of a research-based doctorate while also obtaining the training necessary for clinical certification in audiology. 

Program entry occurs only in Autumn quarter and we admit approximately 12 students each year. The graduate program application is accepted between September 15th and January 15th. A personal statement, three letters of recommendations, departmental’s supplemental application, GRE scores earned within the last five years, a resume, and unofficial transcripts are required for applications to be complete, so students should begin the process well in advance of the deadline. All students are considered for financial aid based on academic merit and performance.

The WRGP resident tuition rate is only granted at the time of admission. Preference is given to applicants from WICHE states over those from other states. Admitted applicants will be contacted by an advisor for WRGP materials subsequent to accepting their offer of admission. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must submit the following information with their Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Resident Tuition Rate Application for the AuD Program:

  1. Proof of legal residence in the WRGP state for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term (Autumn quarter/September).
  2. Proof of income earned in resident state or resident student status for the same time frame.
  3. Proof of other legal ties to the WRGP State (Employment records, driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration or active bank account).

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Chrissie Chang or Rakeb Million
Graduate Program Advisors
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Washington
1417 NE 42nd Street
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 685-7402

Degrees Available