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The basic prerequisite for admission to the Au.D. program is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Although many applicants have undergraduate degrees in Speech Pathology & Audiology, such a background is not required.  While a strong background in the natural sciences and mathematics is preferred, the Admission Committee will determine if there is a need for any additional concurrent coursework.  

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (four-point scale)
  • GRE scores
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of purpose: why the applicant wishes to become an audiologist

Admissions Procedures (deadline: Feb. 1)

The Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC) is a collaborative program of The University of Akron, Kent State University and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Decisions concerning admissions to NOAC are made by the joint NOAC Admissions Committee. 

To enroll in the NOAC program, students must apply to one of the participating universities. The joint Admissions Committee, consisting of faculty members from the Consortium will evaluate applications and make decisions concerning admission.  The decision of the Admissions Committee is binding for both universities, regardless of the application's origin. 

If a student is accepted into NOAC, but all of the available student slots are filled at the university where they applied, the application will be forwarded to the other participating NOAC university's graduate school. The student will be automatically admitted, and no additional fees will be charged. The enrollment university will be responsible for maintaining the students' transcripts and official student information. The student will register for classes and receive their diploma from the enrollment university.

Costs & Financial Assistance

All students are considered for financial assistance and a special application is not required.  For more information, contact:

Sharon A. Lesner, Ph.D.
School of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3001

John W. Hawks, Ph.D.
School of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Kent State University
A105 Music & Speech Building
Kent, Ohio 44242

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