Are you interested in our doctor of audiology (AuD) program? Then it’s time to apply.

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

You may begin taking courses for this program in the Fall Semester.

To be considered for admission, apply by February 1.

Applications that are completed after the deadline will only be considered if there is space in the program.

Before You Begin...

If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student but have not taken classes for more than a year or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes, you need to select the:

Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in the application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

Admission to the Doctoral Degree in Audiology (AuD) program is limited and competitive. Due to the large number of applicants, meeting our 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.

The AuD Admissions Committee strongly considers academic performance and scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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


You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.


Preference is given to applicants with a 3.2 GPA or higher.


Preference is given to applicants with combined scores of 300 or higher on the verbal and quantitative subtests.

Ball State's Institution Code is 1051. GRE scores are only valid for five years from their date of administration.

Personal Interview

The personal 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.

After an initial application review, qualified applicants will be invited for on-campus interview. Virtual interview is offered for those who cannot travel to campus.We provide additional information about the on-campus interview after we receive all application materials, and complete initial review.

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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Clinical Observation

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.


You will need to upload the following materials to your online application.

  • three letters of recommendation – you will need to provide three letters of recommendation from professional or academic colleagues.
  • statement of purpose – 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.
  • documentation of clinical observation/practicum hours – 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.

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


Applications are $60 per program.

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

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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