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Administrative Unit:Communication Sciences and Disorders
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:Au.D.
Degrees Offered:Au.D.
Named Options: Collaborative Program at UW–Madison (Au.D.) Collaborative Program at UW–Stevens Point (Au.D.)

Faculty: Professors Weismer (chair), Edwards, Ellis-Weismer, Fourakis, Fowler, Litvosky, Lutfi, Westbury; Associate Professors Connor, Hustad, Turkstra; Assistant Professors Ciucci, Kaushanskaya; Clinical Professors Rosin (clinic director), Kwiatkowski, Murray-Branch, Schraeder; Clinical Associate Professors Buhr-Lawler, Hartman, Longstreth, Quinn; Clinical Assistant Professors Cohen, Douglas


The Au.D. program is a four-year professional doctorate program offered jointly by the UW–Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the UW–Stevens Point School of Communicative Disorders.

The program was designed to train professional audiologists through a firm foundation in science and technology. Clerkships and onsite mentoring assure that students graduate with superior clinical skills.

In this unique program, lecture classes are taught simultaneously at both campuses; videoconferencing allows for interaction with students and faculty at the remote campus. Laboratory experiences are taught separately, using the same curriculum, on each campus. Summer academic course work is entirely online, and clinical experiences take place both on and off campus.

The Au.D. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The academic objectives of the program are:

  • To prepare students to enter the profession of audiology fully able to function as independent audiologists in private practice, medical clinics, and school settings.
  • To provide a strong theoretical, technical, and scientific base for the clinical practice of audiology.
  • To prepare students to meet certification and licensure requirements for the practice of clinical audiology.
  • To prepare students to be lifelong learners.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance, sometimes available to graduate students in communication sciences and disorders, consists of scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and project and research assistant positions. Financial assistance is very limited and varies from year to year. Students who are considering applying for financial aid should contact the department for further information.


The program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree and who meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School and the department. Entering students who do not have undergraduate majors in communicative disorders will typically be required to take prerequisite course work, which may lengthen the time required to earn a graduate degree.

For more information: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Room 374, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-6481; aihartman@wisc.edu; www.comdis.wisc.edu