Graduate Program in AuD

AuD Program

The Department of Communication Disorders is pleased to announce the new Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program at Cal State LA.

The purpose of this clinical doctoral program in Audiology is to prepare audiologists to be highly skilled, independent practitioners and leaders in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with hearing loss and balance disorders.

This AuD degree program is designed to prepare students with a strong background in the scientific basis of audiology, evidence-based practice, and clinical competencies. The educational objectives of this program are to provide the knowledge base required to better prepare audiologists to competently meet the demands of increasingly complex diagnostic questions, and to learn to use more complex equipment in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss and balance disorder patients of all ages.

Students who complete this four-year AuD curriculum will be well prepared to pass the national examination in Audiology, as well as to fulfill the didactic and clinical clock hour requirements for licensure and national certification. The doctoral degree in Audiology at Cal State LA requires the completion of a minimum of 111 semester units of graduate coursework and clinical practicum over 11 terms.  Click here for a complete list of required coursework.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Communication Disorders will only admit full-time students to the AuD program. Students who have completed (or will complete by the following Fall) an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent (i.e., prerequisite courses) are eligible to apply to the AuD Program.

Requirements for admission to the Audiology Doctoral program include the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in audiology or communication sciences and disorders. If the baccalaureate degree is not in the area of audiology or communication sciences and disorders, applicants should have completed six courses in the following content areas prior to the first semester of the program (or their equivalents, as determined by the AuD Program Director)
    o COMD 4000 (Hearing Science)
    o COMD 4020 (Audiology and Audiometry)
    o COMD 4200 (Rehabilitative Audiology)
    o COMD 4630 (Neuroscience of Communication)
    o a course in Statistics
    and at least one course from among the following:
    o COMD 4220 (Advanced Audiology)
    o COMD 4560 (Language Development)
    o COMD 4610 (Descriptive Phonetics)
    o COMD 4620 (Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism)

    Prerequisite course work must have been completed within the past 10 years.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate coursework
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate or prerequisite audiology and communication sciences coursework
  • Completion of an on-campus interview, if selected for an interview

Achievement of minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the AuD program. Admission to the program is a competitive process whereby a committee composed of faculty evaluates the credentials of all applicants.

Prospective students are admitted, placed on a waiting list, or denied admission based on an evaluation of their grade point average in audiology and communications sciences and disorders coursework, grade point average in undergraduate coursework, GRE scores (GRE waived for Fall 2022 admission), letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and an on-campus interview if selected for an interview.

How to Apply

Admission to the Doctor of Audiology Program takes place once a year (Fall admission only). Students wishing to apply to the AuD Program must complete two separate applications. You must complete both applications concurrently.

1) University Application through Cal State Apply

An on-line application to the University must be submitted by the stated deadline via Cal State Apply (see Office of Admissions and Recruitment). All students must submit the university application via Cal State Apply, including current Cal State LA undergraduate and Certificate students. For questions regarding the university application, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (323) 343-3901.


In your profile, be sure to select “Graduate” as your Degree Goal.

  • Please do not submit your letter of intent and GRE scores through Cal State Apply. You will submit those documents with your department application using CSDCAS. Letter of intent (aka “Statement of Purpose”), type “N/A” in the textbox so that the system marks this item as complete. Please note, if you are applying to other CSUs, be aware that they may have different requirements for the Statement of Purpose. GRE scores: go to the Academic History section, go to “Standardized Tests”, and click on “I Am Not Adding Any Standardized Tests”. NOTE: International students may have to submit other test scores. Please contact Admissions for more details.
  • Be sure to submit official transcripts to the University by the indicated deadline. See FAQs for more information.

Cal State Apply Fall 2022 Deadlines
Application opens: October 1, 2021
Application deadline: January 14, 2022


2) Department Application through CSDCAS

A separate on-line application must be submitted via CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service). CSDCAS is administered by an independent third party provider and is not associated with Cal State LA. It is a fee-based service that enables applicants to apply to multiple institutions.

The CSDCAS application is available at and requires:

  • A letter of professional goals and intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores (use Designated Institution [DI] Code 1747) - GRE waived for Fall 2022 admission

CSDCAS Fall 2022 Deadlines
Application opens: October 1, 2021
Application deadline: January 14, 2022



Do you hold any information sessions or open houses?

If you are interesting in attending an open house, please email [email protected] (subject line: AuD Open House) and we will contact you if one is scheduled.

Are classes offered online or in a more traditional, face-to-face setting?

While we do offer some classes online, the majority of the AuD classes are offered face-to-face.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program takes 4 years to complete.

What is the cost of this program?

The total tuition (tuition only) for this program is approximately $81,000.

I am having issues using the Cal State Apply website, who can I contact? If you have any technical problems with Cal State Apply, please visit Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center

Is there a prompt and/ or page limit for the letter of intent?

There is no prompt or page limit. Students are welcomed to choose the most relevant information to include and while there is no page limit, we recommend that the letter be no longer than three pages.

Must I enter all of the courses I have taken into CSDCAS and Cal State Apply?

You must enter all of your coursework into CSDCAS but not into Cal State Apply. Only enter coursework into Cal State Apply if you are currently enrolled in classes or planning to take classes before you begin this program.

Do I have to submit transcripts to both CSDCAS and Cal State Apply?


Do I send Cal State Apply transcripts to Admissions?

After submitting your Cal State Apply application online, Admissions will contact you by email regarding your transcripts. Please be on the lookout for that email and follow their instructions.

I am a Cal State LA student; must I send Cal State LA transcripts as well?

For CSDCAS, yes you must submit Cal State LA transcripts. Please follow the instructions on CSDCAS. For Cal State Apply, you will not be asked to submit Cal State LA transcripts.

GRE scores

  • Electronic or paper copy of results? Please refer to CSDCAS instructions and FAQs.
  • My GRE scores will not be ready until after the application deadline. Is it ok to send them late? If your official scores have not been received by the application deadline, we will still consider your application if 1) your unofficial scores are on your application, and 2) your official scores are submitted within a few weeks of the deadline.


  • How is GPA calculated? We calculate three different types of GPAs by separating your courses into three different categories: Pre-requisite GPA, Courses in Communication Disorders GPA, and Undergraduate GPA.