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Admissions & Degree Requirements

Applicants to the program come from diverse academic backgrounds, including individuals with and without prior experience in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).

The admissions committee evaluates applications from candidates holding bachelor’s degrees in various fields.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the minimum admissions criteria and submit the following for consideration:

Completed and signed application for doctoral study;

  1. Personal essay describing the relevance of doctoral education in regards to personal and professional development.
  2. Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work; Preference for admission is given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. GRE scores; TOEFL or IELTS scores if necessary; Preference is given to applicants with a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 1000 or above (on test taken prior to August 1, 2011), and  300 and above (on test taken after August 1, 2011).
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least two (2) from professional colleagues or  college/university faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced study and  research.
  5. Review and determine if you meet the requirements specified in the Eligibility Requirements and Essential Functions Document.
  6. Review the policy on Background Checks.
  7. Application fee ($60)

An undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology (SLPA) or a degree in communications sciences and disorders (CSD) is not required for admission to the AuD program. The curriculum is rich and provides opportunities to develop all of the knowledge and skills needed to practice as an audiologist.

However, if you do not have an undergraduate degree in this field you may be required to add one or more courses to your program to meet licensing requirements in some states and to be recognized as eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A).

Additional courses required for those applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in SLPA or CSD. These courses will be offered online.

  • Introduction to Language Development
  • Phonetic Study of Speech Sounds
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For complete information regarding the Graduate School admissions requirements and the application process, please contact the Graduate School at 973-655-5147 or review the Graduate Schools website

Applications must be submitted through the CSDCAS portal. Deadline date for receipt of applications is February 1st. New students are only accepted to begin study in the fall term only and must be full-time students.*

*Note: Personal interviews will be conducted as early as mid-February.  If so designated, you will be contacted for a personal interview. 

The Graduate School recommends that you submit your application materials as far in advance as possible to the semester you plan to begin your studies to ensure a timely review of your application.

Degree Requirements

The AuD program is a full-time, residential program spread over a four-year period (11 semesters). Students complete a series of clinical externships at the Montclair State University Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Students will also complete externships at a variety of sites in the New Jersey-New York area; including hospitals, schools for the deaf, and private practices culminating in the full time fourth year experience in a location of your choice within the United States.

The requirements include a minimum of 118 semester credit hours and successful completion of:

  • a minimum 77 semester hours in the academic core, 26 semester credit hours in the clinical practicum sequence, 2 credits of online grand rounds, 6 credits of directed research, a seminar in university teaching and a seminar in clinical preceptorship, a practicum in university teaching;
  • a minimum of 1820 clinical practicum hours
  • a clinical doctoral research project
  • a series of practical and written examinations
  • the Clinical Proficiency Manual
  • a speech and voice screening provided by the clinical staff in the Speech-Language Pathology program
  • a Basic Life Support (BLS) course
  • required HIPAA and Universal Precautions training
  • Verification of Background screening

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