• The program has exceptional facilities and specialized equipment that most programs at other institutions are unable to provide, such as the virtual reality computerized dynamic posturography system and rotary chair.  These, along with all other equipment, are for exclusive student use so as to gain the requisite knowledge and skills for credentialing and practice.  Grand Valley State University, founded in 1961, is known for its outstanding programs in the health professions, with an enrollment of over 24,000 students across 4 campuses in west Michigan.  The department is located in a new building on the state-of-the-art health campus on The Medical Mile, where major medical and healthcare expansion is underway.
  • The program was designed to accept students from any undergraduate major/emphasis.  This enables individuals with degrees in the sciences, engineering, health sciences, or the arts, who enjoy working with and helping people to improve their quality of life, to pursue a doctoral degree in audiology.
  • At GVSU we are sensitive to the cost of graduate education.  To keep student cost down:
    • Program is a three-year/nine-semester intensive program while most programs at other institutions are four years.
    • The curriculum consists of 84 credits while programs at other institutions can be 120 or more credits.
    • All students pay resident tuition whether they are Michigan residents or not.
  • The curriculum is very rigorous and educates our students to be expert practitioners.  Compare our curriculum with programs at other institutions.  What you will not find is a high number of credits for dissertation/thesis.  What you will find, in addition to traditional courses in hearing/balance diagnostics and rehabilitation, is dedicated coursework in radiographic imaging and pharmacology, tinnitus, mentoring and counseling, etc.

Admission to Program:

Grand Valley State University’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program accepts applications through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).  Prospective students may apply as soon as the portal opens, which is typically mid-summer.

The Au.D. program accepts applications with the following admissions options:

  • EARLY ADMISSIONS; PRIORITY CONSIDERATION (to fill up to 50% of available slots in cohort)
    • Deadline: October 15
    • Requirements:
      • Commit to audiology as the chosen profession and to GVSU as the chosen professional school
      • On track to have completed bachelor’s degree prior to August of following year
      • Submit all required admissions materials prior to deadline
      • Participate in on-campus admissions interview during first 2 weeks of November (by invitation)
  • REGULAR ADMISSIONS (applicants not selected during early admission can be considered during regular admissions)
    • Deadline:  March 1
      • Late applications for each Fall cohort are accepted as space allows
    • Requirements:
      • On track to have completed bachelor’s degree prior to August of current year
      • Submit all required admissions materials prior to deadline
      • Participate in on-campus admissions interview during last 2 weeks of March (by invitation)

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted through CSDCAS by the deadlines posted above.  It is strongly recommended that applicants submit materials such as transcripts and GRE scores several weeks in advance of the deadline to allow CSDCAS time to process.

Requirements for Admission:

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree:  Generally, a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is the minimum required for full admission.  Applicants with less than a 3.0 grade point average may meet alternative admissions criteria by demonstrating strong potential for success through factors such as GRE test scores, grade point average for the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework, relevant work experience, and possible other considerations that program faculty deem exceptional.
  • Prerequisites:  Prior to beginning the program all students must have completed coursework in:
    • Basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, statistics)
    • Basic science skills (e.g., scientific methods, critical thinking)
    • Basics of communication sciences (e.g., acoustics, psychoacoustics, and neurological
  • General GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing).
  • Professional vita/resume.
  • References: Names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as a reference.  Actual letters are not required; references may be contacted by phone.
  • Personal interview: Interviews are scheduled for finalists upon invitation by the program, not the applicant, after the application deadline.
  • Essential functions: Applicants must be able to perform all essential functions specified by the program. The essential functions document will be provided to all prospective applicants.
  • English proficiency: Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) for applicants whose native language is not English. The following minimum scores are expected: TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, MELAB is 77, and PTE Academic is 53. Scores must be received by the institution prior to the admission deadline.

All materials are submitted through the CSDCAS system (online application, official GRE scores, official transcripts, essential functions document, vita/resume, and references).  In addition, the GVSU Supplemental Form must be completed (  The $30 GVSU supplemental application fee is waived for previous applicants or alumni of Grand Valley.

If you have questions or require further guidance, please contact Dr. Dan Halling, Department Chair and Au.D. Program Director, at

Graduate Assistantships:

Graduate Assistantships are available by application.  Additional information is provided at the time of the on-campus interview.

NOTE: The doctoral (Au.D.) program in audiology at Grand Valley State University is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  A final decision on Candidacy, which is a recognized accreditation status, must be received prior to matriculating students in this program.  Questions regarding where the program is in the accreditation process can be directed to Dr. Halling, Program Director.