Professional audiology master's degree and doctoral programs are for bachelor's degree program graduates interested in working as audiologists. A career as an audiologist's assistant is another option for students interested in studying audiology at the undergraduate level. Audiologist's assistants are licensed in some states, and educational requirements vary.
Schools With Top Audiology Programs
Several educational institutions are known in the field for having strong audiology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016, In-State)*|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||4-year, Private||Doctorate||$44,050 (Graduate)|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$8,104 (Undergraduate), $9,696 (Graduate)|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctorate||$11,074 (Graduate)|
|University of Texas, Dallas||Richardson, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctorate||$10,864 (Undergraduate) $11,940 (Graduate)|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Doctorate||$16,278 (Graduate)||Washington University, St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctorate||$47,620 (Graduate)|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$6,381 (Undergraduate), $12,737 (Graduate)|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctorate||$49,064 (Graduate)|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$18,192 (Undergraduate), $22,060 (Graduate)|
|Rush University||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Doctorate||$32,608 (Graduate)|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Audiology School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when selecting an audiology program:
- Look for schools or colleges accredited by ASHA, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
- Consider your career goals when selecting a program. Audiology assistant programs result in certificates, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees; licensed audiologists have graduate degrees and additional training.
- Some graduate schools have faculty with research specialties, such as hearing loss in children or hearing aid technology, which can enable you to study under someone whose interests match your own.
- Audiologists need to pass ASHA's Praxis exam, and schools will often boast of the pass rate for their graduates.
Graduating from an accredited audiology program is a requirement for eventual licensure as an audiologist or audiologist assistant in some states. When choosing a program, accreditation, exam pass rates and the audiology research interests of the faculty are among the important concerns for prospective graduate students.