Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in audiology or hearing science are available at many universities in the United States. The length of the program can range from four- to six-years. Some programs offer a joint AuD/PhD program and, on average, consists of a six-year time commitment.
There are many items to consider when pursuing a PhD program:
- Get involved with research as an undergraduate. You could consider starting a capstone/research project or volunteering in a research laboratory. This will help you gain insight into what a PhD program might entail.
- Your mentor is a key piece in the success of your research. You will spend the majority of your time working together with your mentor, so it is essential to have compatibility. Mentors often align your research interests with their own – which is important to keep in mind when researching various programs. It is ideal to visit the school to meet with faculty and current students before accepting an offer.
- Know your general area of research interest. Most programs will have their PhD students declare up to 5 areas of interest. Look up the research faculty and their declared areas of research. It would be ideal to find a program that has well-rounded opportunities.
- Look at previous projects, as well as the sources (and consistency) of grant funding for your potential research mentor. Many PhD students might participate in grant writing with their mentor to find funding for their studies. It would be ideal to learn from a mentor who can consistently get funding for their projects.
- Consider the geographical and available study population for your interested area of research. If you are interested in studying one particular population (e.g., Deaf culture, cochlear implants in children, etc.), look for a PhD program that could recruit those participants for your research.
- If you are unsure about obtaining a PhD, complete a T35 research grant during your graduate school experience. These grants are created for AuD students who may be interested in obtaining a PhD and can be completed during the summer at select universities.+
Here is a list of current PhD Programs in Audiology for the 2017-2018 Application Cycle
|State||PhD Program||State||PhD Program|
|AL||University of South Alabama||NY||CUNY|
|AZ||Arizona State University||NC||East Carolina University|
|AZ||University of Arizona||NC||University of North Carolina|
|AK||University of Arkansas||ND||University of North Dakota|
|CO||University of Colorado||OH||Kent State University|
|CT||University of Connecticut||OH||The Ohio State University|
|DC||Gallaudet University||OH||Ohio University|
|FL||University of South Florida||OH||University of Cincinnati|
|FL||University of Florida||OK||University of Oklahoma|
|IN||Indiana University||PA||Pennsylvania State University|
|IN||Purdue University||PA||University of Pittsburgh|
|IA||University of Iowa||SC||University of South Carolina|
|KS||University of Kansas||TN||University of Memphis|
|KS||Wichita State University||TN||University of Tennessee|
|MA||Boston University||TN||Vanderbilt University|
|MA||Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology||TX||Texas Tech University|
|MA||University of Massachusetts||TX||University of North Texas|
|MD||University of Maryland||TX||University of Texas at Austin|
|MI||Wayne State University||TX||University of Texas at Dallas|
|MN||University of Minnesota||UT||University of Utah|
|MO||University of Missouri||UT||Utah State University|
|MO||Washington University||VA||James Madison University|
|NE||University of Nebraska||WA||University of Washington|
|NJ||Montclair State University||WI||University of Wisconsin|
|NY||University of Buffalo - SUNY||WV||West Virginia University|
SAA. (2015). “PhD Programs.” Student Academy of Audiology. http://www.audiology.org/sites/default/files/documents/PhD_Programs.pdf