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Background Course Requirements

Background Course Requirements

Background course requirements for incoming AuD graduate students:
Students may be accepted into the AuD graduate program with or without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). There are no formal prerequisite course requirements for admission into the program. However, those students who lack specific background undergraduate coursework will have additional requirements to complete either before or (in some cases) during the graduate program, as described below.

Basic science and math prerequisites:

Transcript evidence of at least one course in each of the following four areas is required. These courses are typically completed as part of an undergraduate curriculum. If not completed then, they must be completed by the end of the graduate program (may be taken for undergraduate credit) to meet Audiology certification requirements. Examples of appropriate courses in each of these four areas are listed below. ONLY courses taken through an accredited college/university, including community colleges, for credit will be accepted, and grades of C- or better are required. Coursework from massive open online courses (MOOCs) are not accepted. Examples of MOOCs include, but are not limited to: Educause,, edX, Coursera, and Khan Academy.

Course area

Accepted/strongly recommended courses

Examples of courses not generally accepted

Biological Science

Courses in human biology including human anatomy & physiology, micro/macro-biology, cellular biology, or other similar human biology topics strongly preferred.

Nutrition, plant biology, botany, &cultural anthropology. CSD Courses not accepted.


"Statistics" required in the course title.
Stats from psychology/social sciences or mathematics departments accepted.

Regular math courses

Physical Science

Physics, chemistry, organic/biochemistry

Speech science or hearing science from a CSD department unacceptable; earth science, meteorology, astronomy, geology, forensic science, materials sciences

Behavioral Science

Psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience accepted. Other social science courses addressing human / societal behavior may be acceptable.

Health, wellness

Background courses in CSD:

  1. Students who have not had a course in the following two areas are REQUIRED to take these courses PRIOR TO starting the AuD program. If they have not been taken as part of your undergraduate curriculum, they may be completed the summer before via online courses at other universities.
  • Hearing Science (or Speech and Hearing Science combined or Acoustics)
  • Introductory Audiology course (e.g. Basic Clinical Audiology or Intro to Audiology)

In addition to these minimal requirements, we also recommend, if possible, Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing and Speech Science if not covered within the above course content.

As each case is different, you will want to contact the department to discuss your particular situation and recommendations for obtaining the background information to be most successful in first year courses.

  1. Courses in the following two areas are REQUIRED to be completed outside of the AuD program or as electives during the program. The 92-credit AuD curriculum does not include these two courses that are needed to fulfill all ASHA knowledge and skills areas for these two areas, the following two courses will be REQUIRED to be completed before or during the AuD program. Students who have not taken these courses which are often completed as part of an undergraduate CSD program, can generally take them as the two open electives during the AuD program.
  • Normal development of speech and language
  • Manual communication (American Sign Language)

Determination of fulfillment of background course requirements and course equivalency:

Any courses previously taken for undergraduate (or in some cases graduate) credit will be evaluated by the faculty advisor to determine course equivalencies and fulfillment of ASHA knowledge and skills requirements. No credit is transferred for fulfillment of the background requirements described above, as they are not part of the graduate program. Rather, competencies will be marked as fulfilled or unfulfilled following this review.

Applicants should understand the following regarding the review of background course requirements:

  • All of the above courses must be taken at an accredited college or university and official transcript documentation of each course is required.
  • All courses must be a minimum of 3 credits and a passing grade must have been obtained. Courses for which grades of D+, D, D-, F or Fail appear on the transcript will not be accepted.
  • Course descriptions, syllabi, and other materials may be required to demonstrate that a given course fulfills the requirement, which is determined by the faculty of the graduate programs.
  • Courses within Communication Sciences and Disorders programs may not be counted to fulfill general education requirements in biological or physical sciences.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be accepted; however, AP credit must be recorded on the student’s official undergraduate transcript(s).