Doctor of Audiology degree at Grand Valley

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University is a professional degree that is clinically focused, allowing the student greater application of knowledge to his or her career upon graduation than other research-based programs. Students will be prepared to sit for the national examination and to qualify for state licensure upon completion of the Au.D. program at Grand Valley.

The program is a lockstep three-year (nine consecutive semesters) post-baccalaureate program leading to a Doctor of Audiology degree.  This is the entry level degree for the practice of audiology.  Without the Au.D. degree, an individual can be neither licensed nor certified to practice.

The program is offered at the new Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall on our Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, adjacent to Grand Rapids' thriving “medical mile."

Why Study Audiology at Grand Valley?

  • Faster. Our program is offered in an accelerated three-year curriculum, meaning you will graduate faster and start practicing sooner than other competitor programs.
  • In-Demand. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of audiologists will grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average for all occupations.
  • Great Pay. The median salary for certified audiologists with 1 to 3 years of experience is over $65,000 per year.  Those with a doctorate or in administrative positions typically earn over $100,000 per year.
  • Less Stress. Forbes magazine listed audiology as the #1 least stressful job within all professions.
  • Gain Experience. Students experience clinical placements every semester throughout the program, working with diverse populations in multiple practice settings.
  • Unique. Individual courses in pharmacology, tinnitus, and radiographic imaging distinguish our program from other audiology programs.
  • Gain Skills. The audiology program will provide the knowledge base, clinical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and compassion for success as an audiologist and as a contributing member of society.

Courses Offered

The audiology program requires completion of 84 credit hours. The degree requirements are designed to offer a comprehensive and rigorous program of study that encourages the synthesis of information across didactic coursework and clinical experience. A final 12-month Internship is required. As students progress through the program, they will transition from:

  • Primarily didactic to primarily clinical coursework
  • In-house learning laboratory to full-time external clinical experience
  • Limited variety to greater variety of disordered patients
  • Focused on developing skills specific to treating hearing and balance disorders to preparing for independent practice

There is not a research requirement for this program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are typically employed in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Ear, nose, and throat practices
  • Research and development
  • Hearing conservation and noise abatement
  • Private practice


In addition to Grand Valley's admission requirements all students seeking a the Doctor of Audiology degree must also meet the following requirements:

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one course in each of the following: biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and statistics.
  3. General GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing).
  4. Professional vita or resume.
  5. References: Names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as a reference.
  6. Personal interview: Interviews are scheduled upon invitation by the program, not the applicant, after the application deadline.
  7. Essential functions: Applicants must be able to perform all essential functions specified by the program. A copy of the essential functions document will be provided to all prospective applicants.
  8. TOEFL scores: Foreign-born applicants must demonstrate sufficient mastery of English proficiency to be able to succeed as a graduate student and to practice the profession of audiology.  Minimum score on the TOEFL of 610 (253 on computer-based). Scores must be received by the institution prior to the admission deadline.

The $30 application fee is waived for previous applicants or alumni of Grand Valley.


For more information on tuition and fees, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA,please visit the GVSU financial aid website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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