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."

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Michigan Job Growth by 2024
Median Annual Wage
U.S. Job Growth by 2024

Source: EMSI, 2019

Career Outlook and Opportunities

According to EMSI, Audiology jobs are expected to grow 11% in Michigan and in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for audiologists is approximately $75,961 but it varies by region. Students who graduate with an Au.D. become audiologists who work in the following settings:

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

Source: EMSI, 2019

The Skills Employers Want

The Au.D. in Audiology at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

Advanced Skills

  • Audiology
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Otolaryngology
  • Selling Techniques
  • Sales Training

Common Skills

  • Sales
  • Research
  • Managemenet
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Program Management

Source: EMSI, 2019

Other Reasons to Study Audiology at GVSU

  • 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.

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


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: Generally, a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is the minimum required for full admission. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA may meet alternative admissions criteria by demonstrating strong potential for success through factors such as GRE test scores, GPA for the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework, relevant work experience, and possible other considerations that program faculty deem exceptional.
  2. Prerequisites:  Prior to beginning the program all students must have completed coursework in:
    1. Basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, statistics)
    2. Basic science skills (e.g., scientific methods, critical thinking)
    3. Basics of communication sciences (e.g., acoustics, psychoacoustics, and neurological processes of speech, language, and hearing)
  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. Actual letters are not required; references may be contacted by phone.
  6. Personal interview: Interviews are scheduled for finalists 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. The essential functions document will be provided to all prospective applicants..
  8. 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.

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

  • 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)



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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