Our department offers the opportunity for students to pursue a combined Au.D./Ph.D. degree. You must complete all of the requirements for both degrees, but there is some overlap in degree requirements so that the total credit hours required may be less than the simple sum of 180 credits required for both degrees. A maximum of 30 credit hours obtained in the Au.D. program can be applied toward the 90 credit hours required for the Ph.D. Ultimately, the decision regarding which credits in the Au.D. program will count toward the Ph.D. will be made by your Ph.D. advisory committee. Because the 90 credit hours in the Au.D. program are all required, so as to comply with national clinical certification requirements, Ph.D. courses cannot be substituted for required Au.D. courses.
Combined Au.D. & Ph.D.
When to apply
Au.D. students wishing to pursue the combined Au.D./Ph.D. degree must declare this interest and be admitted into the Ph.D. program no later than the end of the second academic year in the Au.D. program. Likewise, Ph.D. students wishing to pursue this combined degree must do so no later than the end of the second academic year in the Ph.D. program. Preferably, interested students will make this decision sooner in the second year of their respective programs. Should you decide to pursue a combined Au.D./Ph.D. after the end of the second academic year, a maximum of only 15 credits from the Au.D. can be counted toward Ph.D.—equivalent to the amount required to fulfill the “outside minor” for the Ph.D. degree. The foregoing guidelines regarding the combined (concurrent) Au.D./Ph.D. and sequential Au.D./Ph.D. programs are consistent with University Graduate School guidelines regarding such degrees.