Admission to the Doctoral Degree in Audiology (AuD) program is limited and competitive. Applicants must be admitted by both the department and the Graduate School to enroll as a degree-seeking student.
The AuD Admissions Committee strongly considers academic performance and scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Preference is given to applicants with a 3.2 GPA or higher, both cumulatively and within the major, and scores of 500 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative GRE subtests.
Other areas are also critical components in the admission process, such as:
- strong performance on the analytical writing section of the GRE
- strong recommendations
- a well-written statement of purpose
- a positive interview
- a clear sense of goals and direction
- excellent interpersonal communication skills
Due to the large number of applicants, meeting the admission standards does not guarantee admission into the program.
Our AuD program is a four-year residential program, designed primarily for students entering with a bachelor's degree. However, if you already hold a master's degree in audiology, we welcome you to apply.
All application materials must be received by February 1 to ensure consideration for the next fall semester admission. Applications that are completed after the deadline will only be considered if there is space in the program.
Admissions decisions are generally made in late February through March, although early admission may be granted for outstanding candidates. We send notification of admission to the address indicated on the Graduate Application form.
How to Apply
Please send all materials noted below to the following address:
AuD Admissions Committee
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
2000 W. University Ave.
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
In the statement of purpose, please provide additional information to the AuD Admissions Committee about audiology as your career choice, long-term career objectives, and educational and experiential preparation for an AuD program. The statement must be typed and should be no more than two single-spaced pages.
Complete the Supplemental Information (PDF) form. This form may be handwritten.
Download Form (PDF)
Many students from communication disorders programs will have acquired observation or practicum hours. Although these are not required, students who have acquired this experience should provide official documentation of these hours.
Documentation of these experiences must be signed by the person responsible for certifying clinical hours.
If you are admitted and obtain additional observation or practicum hours before starting at Ball State, you will also need to submit updated documentation that includes these hours.
The on-campus interview is critical to the application process.
The interview gives the AuD Admissions Committee the opportunity to further assess your potential for success in the AuD program. It also provides you with the opportunity to verify that our program is compatible with your career objectives and personal preferences.
We provide additional information about the on-campus interview after we receive all application materials.
If you want to learn more, we encourage you to schedule a visit to Ball State to meet with faculty in our program. We can also help you connect with current AuD students or our alumni for additional perspectives on the program.
Please contact the AuD Program Director, Dr. Lauren Shaffer, to arrange either of these or with questions.
You will participate in clinical observation as a requirement of this program, but we encourage you to observe an audiologist before applying. Having observation hours will not impact your chances of being admitted to the program, but it may help you decide whether pursuing a doctoral degree is the right career choice for you.
You may also use existing observation hours to meet the program requirements after you are admitted.
If you have observation hours, please provide written documentation that includes:
- the date
- number of hours
- a brief description of the procedures observed
This record must be signed by the audiologist you observed or the audiologist in charge of the observation.