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SDSU-UCSDThe Doctoral Program in Audiology (Au.D.), offered jointly by SDSU and UCSD, 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, Maryland 20850 (phone: 800-498-2071, or 301-296-5700)



San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) offer a joint doctoral program (AuD) in Audiology. The AuD Joint Doctoral Program involves faculty from the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU, and from the Division of Surgery (Otolaryngology) in the School of Medicine at UCSD. The joint doctoral program in audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

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 certified/licensed audiologist. It is expected that students will come into this program from a variety of different science backgrounds, including speech, language, and hearing sciences, biological and physical sciences, engineering, psychology, nursing, or a pre-med curriculum.

English Proficiency

The academic and clinical components of the AuD program are based on proficiency (understanding and use) of English, in oral and written forms. Incoming students will have an assessment of their English proficiency during an advising appointment in the first week of the program. This is accomplished through dialogue with the student and, if indicated, reading a short paragraph, and/or writing a short paragraph. For students who have problems with oral or written English proficiency, the advisor will arrange a meeting with the program director and clinic director to discuss a plan of action to improve English proficiency. In some cases, this may delay progress in the program.


The target enrollment for the AuD program is 10 students per year. Students must be enrolled full-time (12-15 units/semester) for four years (including some summer enrollment). Students will complete about 134 semester units, over 11-12 academic terms. Program begins in Fall term, and graduation occurs spring or summer of 4th year depending on when externship ends. Students participate in the graduation ceremony in May.


The program is comprised of the following six components (see AuD Requirements for details).

  • Academic Component
    (28 required didactic courses: Years 1 and 3 at SDSU, Year 2 at UCSD).
  • Research Component
    (a research methods course, and a doctoral project)
  • Clinic Component
    (clinical staffing courses, supervised clinics at both campuses, and field work at community agencies; ~1100 hours)
  • Full-time Clinical Externship
    (Year 4 requires a 12 month, full-time, clinic placement at an approved agency; at least 1850 hours of clinical experience)
  • Exams
    (First and Second Year Qualifying Exams; Third Year Comprehensive Exam)