Audiology is more than a profession—it’s a calling.

A graduate degree in audiology will prepare you to help prevent, identify, diagnose and treat individuals with hearing loss and balance issues. Whether you are called to work with children, the geriatric population or any specialty in between, our program will equip you with the skills to provide the best care possible.

We do this with a faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals, while emphasizing life-long learning, and high moral and ethical competencies. We place a strong emphasis on service. Included within the traditional workload, the program includes service-based learning opportunities that will provide you the chance to work with populations that one may not typically see in a clinical setting.

student using an audiology booth to test hearing

Our state-of-the-art facilities contribute to our mission of pursuing excellence in our academic programs and students’ learning outcomes. The audiology program within the communication sciences and disorders department has just now added state of the art equipment that will allow students “hands on” opportunities prior to their clinical placements outside the walls of Samford University.

More and more, health care is delivered by teams of professionals from the various specialties. We’ve structured our program around this type of inter-disciplinary collaboration so that your experience is broadened to include other professionals that you may work with during your career.

Admission Requirements

Doctor of Audiology Admission:

CSDCAS Application Opens: July 15, 2019
Application Deadline: Priority - January 1, 2020; Final - May 15, 2020
On-Campus Interviews: TBA
Entry Month: August 2020

To be considered for the Doctor of Audiology program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association. Suggested majors:  Biomedical sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework
  • GRE – Minimum combined score of 300
    • Analytical Writing Assessment = 4
    • The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not accepted
  • Three letters of reference submitted electronically. The three required recommendations should be from 1) two current or previous professors, 2) work supervisor and/or professional colleague.
  • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via email once the application is reviewed.
  • Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.    
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 on IELTS.

Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or

Admission Process

The steps below outline the application process for the Doctor of Audiology program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through CSDCAS as well as the Audiology Supplemental Form. The link to the supplemental form will be emailed to you upon submission of your application. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Before you begin your application, please review the following CSDSCAS instructions: Before applying, Participating Programs and Instructions & FAQ.
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in CSDCAS. Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the CSDCAS Transcript Department. CSDCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by CSDCAS to verify your application.
    Send transcripts to:

    CSDCAS Verification Department
    PO Box 9113
    Watertown, MA 02471

  • Pay the initial service fee of $125 when submitting the CSDCSAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) two current or previous professors; 2) supervisor and/or professional colleague. These letters of recommendation must be submitted through CSDCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Submit official GRE scores to CSDCAS 6967.
  • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via e-mail when the application is received.

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Student Outcome Data

As students graduate from our program, outcome data will be published regarding:

  • Graduation/Completion Rate
  • PRAXIS Examination Results
  • Employment Rate

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Clinical Practicum Experiences

Students participate in a variety of experiences that help prepare them for careers in audiology. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains relationships with numerous clinical agencies in the Birmingham area as well as within the southeastern portion of the United States.

Program Leadership

Hollea A.M. Ryan, Au.D. Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor and Audiology Program Director
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Aaron L. Johnson, Au.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor and Audiology Director of Clinical Education
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Plan of Study

Mission, Goals & Objectives

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Samford University is to prepare highly qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to foster lifelong learning, attainment of personal career goals and high moral and ethical competency so that these practitioners will be of service to others in their community and throughout the world.

Goal I: Student Recruitment

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program will recruit students who excel in academics, have a service oriented global perspective, and have potential for leadership within their community.

Objectives to support student recruitment

  • Objective 1.1: Create marketing/recruiting material/website that is attractive and technologically savvy for students
  • Objective 1.2: Recruit students from all undergraduate programs across the state, region, and nation
  • Objective 1.3: Admit students with varying degrees of diversity to support the University/Department mission
  • Objective 1.4: Identify university funding sources for scholarships and establish departmental funding sources

School of Health Professions Mapping

Student Recruitment and Retention

  1. Enrolls highly qualified students
  2. Retains students who enroll in graduate programs
  3. Offers scholarships to an appropriate number of undergraduate and graduate students

Goal II: Faculty/Staff Recruitment

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Au.D. program will recruit faculty and staff who exhibit combined excellence in teaching, student recruitment, and demonstrable scholarship and service to the department, university, and community at large.

Objectives to support faculty/staff recruitment

  • Objective 2.1: Create advertisements/web-based information for recruitment that are attractive to faculty who exhibit strong teaching abilities as well as a commitment to scholarship and service
  • Objective 2.2: Recruit doctoral level faculty at the state and national level
  • Objective 2.3: Recruit professional clinical staff at the state and national level
  • Objective 2.4: Provide financial support for faculty/staff travel in order to maintain currency in specialty areas of interest

School of Health Professions Mapping

Faculty/Staff Satisfaction

  1. Faculty are satisfied with their work environment
  2. Staff are satisfied with their work environment

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*The doctoral (Au.D.) program in audiology at Samford University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

For detailed information about the CAA Candidacy Program please visit the CAA web pages or contact: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language-Pathology; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

Complaints against graduate programs accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association can be made by following the procedures and guidelines described in the Accreditation Handbook. 

Complaints should be submitted to the following address:
Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310 Rockville, MD 20850