Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

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Fall Orientation Schedule

Rolling admissions beginning 1/15. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for awards or scholarships.

Open Houses/Info Sessions

Applications for Fall admission will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January and continuing though April. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for scholarship consideration.


Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders, and serve those with congenital and acquired hearing losses. They prescribe and dispense hearing aids and instruct patients in using amplification, and provide aural rehabilitation and speech reading services to those with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Additionally, audiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation or balance re-training exercises for some balance disorders.

Upon graduation, students are employed in a variety of settings that reflect the diverse populations served by Audiologists. Some graduates are self employed in private practice clinics that provide speech, language and hearing services. Others function as members of interdisciplinary teams in healthcare settings or educational settings, or in research laboratories.

Our academic programs and on-campus Speech-Language and Hearing Center are fully accredited by the council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Graduates accumulate the basic science, clinical course work and clinical experiences necessary for national certification (ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC). 2013 Praxis pass rate for Northeastern students was 100%.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the Doctor of Audiology program must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and must provide a Graduate Recod Exam (GRE) score. The Admissions Committee encourages high-quality applicants from diverse educational backgrounds. Acceptance decisions are based on the individual applicant's potential and qualifications.  Students who have not completed the pre-professional coursework outlined below during their undergraduate program can take these courses during their attendance in our program, but separate registration and tuition may be required.  Please note, however, that Introduction to Audiology is required prior to program entry.

Required Pre-Professional Coursework (typically obtained in undergraduate Communication Sciences majors):

Prior to entering the program

  • Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)

During 1st year of program

  • Normal Language Development (3 credits) by end of spring semester of 1st year

Prior to graduation

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 credits).
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Biological Science (3 credits)
  • Physical Science (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Science (3 credits)

The Au.D program is also available to practicing audiologist who hold a graduate degree in audiology with a 3.2 GPA (min) and a valid state license to practice audiology as well as the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A). Additionally, two-years of full-time employment are required along with three letters of recommendation supporting these experiences.


The Au.D program requires successful completion of 101 semester hours of course work, practica assignments, comprehensive examination and research project. In addition, a clinical internship year in an audiology service delivery facility is required. The clinical internship year will be completed as a continuous appointment during year four of the program.

Experiential Learning

The program's clinical home is in the new Behrakis Health Sciences Building, which includes the state-of-the-art Northeastern Speech-Language, and Hearing Center, where patients from the NU community and surrounding areas come for services. Here, you will engage in rich clinical experiences in a realistic setting even before you are placed at an off-site practicum location.

Students work several days a week with an audiologist as a student clinician in Boston's outpatient clinics, professional private practices, or prestigious hospitals that have included the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Children's Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear, and UMass Medical Center. Following ASHA requirements, students gain experience across the lifespan. Students' practica provide hands-on experience with a variety of populations, including infants, children, and adults. Clinical areas include:

  • Congenital and Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Amplification and Assistive Listening Devices
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Aural Rehabilitation and Speechreading

Our program emphasizes links to the surrounding communities and to inner-city neighborhoods of Boston. Many of the clients in our Speech-Language and Hearing Center are from the neighborhoods adjacent to campus. We also provide services funded by an endowment from the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing. Services inclue a hearing instrument outreach program where individuals unable to afford hearing aids can obtain financial assistance for hearing aids, assistive listening devices and aural rehabilitation/speechreading class. In addition, we provide hearing screenings and presentations to the community through the Community Outreach program.

Students have opportunity to engage in related activities, including the Northeastern University Student Speech, Hearing, and Language Association (NUSSHLA) and the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA).

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