Doctoral Students

Doctoral Students

Choosing a Degree

AuD
This is the terminal degree for individuals who are interested in working in a clinical setting. Most programs are four years with a large emphasis on clinical exposure. After three years of in-house coursework and clinical internship experience, students complete a year-long full-time clinical externship. At the completion of this degree, graduates are able to apply for state licensure to practice Audiology and work in clinical settings, such as private practice, hospital, or for hearing aid manufacturers.

Some individuals who earn an AuD have strong interest in pursuing research, which is an available option to some extent. These opportunities arise within labs where the primary investigators hold PhDs and the AuD-holder is considered a “Research Audiologist.”

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PhD
This degree is common across several fields and prepares individuals for careers in research, academia and/or industry. The length of these programs vary depending on school, advisor and other student factors, but takes at least four years (on average). Most PhD programs do not provide clinical experience for students, as the emphasis is on research: experimental methodology, statistical techniques and expanding the knowledge base. Students gain experience through work in research labs, teaching assistantships (TA), presentations and collaborations with other researchers.

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AuD/PhD
Joint AuD/PhD programs are intended for those who are just entering the field and are interested in clinically-oriented research. The scope of these programs typically includes both clinical experience as well as research methodology. AuD/PhD degree holders are particularly well suited for jobs in academia, as their clinical training allows them to teach and supervise students in a clinical AuD program, while also running a productive research lab.

Joint degree programs offer some advantages over achieving each degree separately. The coursework for the two degrees often overlaps, which allows certain course to serve “double duty,” fulfilling requirements for both degrees. Joint program students will typically complete both degrees in a fewer number of years than those who complete separate AuD and PhD programs (successive degrees).

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Additional Resources

International Audiology
Considering practicing audiology abroad? What about pursuing an externship opportunity outside of the United States? The International Audiology document serves as a resource to assist doctoral students in audiology who are interested in pursuing international audiology endeavors in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. 

National Exam Practice Questions
On May 27, 2020, the SAA hosted a virtual National Exam for Audiology Trivia Olympics (NEATO) to help audiology students to prepare for the National Exam. The full session is hosted on the SAA Facebook page.

At the 2017 AAA Annual Conference, the SAA Programs Subcommittee hosted a "AuD Practice Bowl" Student Workshop designed to give current AuD students a glimpse of the types of questions that are on the National Exam. View the questions that were presented along with the answer key. 

SAA Blog
The SAA Blog is a community where audiology students and professionals can share experiences, insights, and tips. It is the perfect platform to earn more about life as an audiology student, gain insight from professionals, and connect with other people who are passionate about audiology. 

Find out more about what students should know and look for when seeking to become an audiologist.