Are you interested in our Doctor of Audiology? Then it’s time to apply. Admission to our doctoral program means you need to meet the criteria and apply to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself.

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You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode.

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

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You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

  • applications for degree and nondegree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications: Each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10. Please remember you must use the username and password from your initial application to receive the discounted rate for multiple applications.


The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than one week before the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended (this includes dual credit courses earned while in high school). You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

Admission Criteria

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.

Application Deadline

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.

Admission Decisions

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.

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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.

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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.