PhD Program

PhD Program

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
NY Syracuse University    

SAA. (2015). “PhD Programs.” Student Academy of Audiology.