NOTICE: As of March 2018, admissions has been permanently suspended for the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program
The Doctor of Audiology program in the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences Department has been recognized as one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the country (recently ranked 4th in the nation). This reputation is one we’re proud of and do not take lightly. In the College of Arts and Sciences and Speech and Hearing Sciences Department, we are committed to ensuring excellence in the programs we offer, so that we can continue to provide every student with a quality education.
Over the past two years, College leadership and the Department’s executive team have been assessing the sustainability and viability of our clinical doctorate of audiology program by taking a hard look at the resources necessary to maintain the outstanding quality of this program. We have come to the realization that our financial situation will not support the investment necessary to keep this program viable at its current operating level. As a result, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend admissions and begin the sunset process for the Doctor of Audiology program, starting Autumn 2018.
What does this mean for students currently enrolled in the program?
The College and the SPHSC Department remain committed to all of our currently enrolled students during this transition. The Au.D. Program will continue to operate through Spring quarter 2021, when our last cohort of students graduate (our current 1st year students). Since 2006, this four-year doctoral program has gained tremendous national recognition, and we want our current students to approach the completion of their degrees with confidence in our commitment to providing the same support and quality education that has been a hallmark of the program since its inception. As such, we will continue to offer the Au.D. curriculum and fulfill our obligation to provide current students with a high quality educational experience, culminating in a clinical doctorate degree.
What does this mean for the current applicant pool?
The University of Washington Graduate School and, particularly, the clinical doctoral of audiology program is grateful to those individuals who submitted applications for this program. We recognize that applying for a graduate program takes a great deal of time and effort. The University of Washington will, of course, reimburse all individuals for their application fees within the next 2-3 weeks. We apologize for an inconvenience this decision has caused applicants and wish them the very best as they move forward in their academic careers. Applicants are invited to review information from the University of Arizona and University of the Pacific and consider taking advantage of extended admissions deadlines for Fall 2018 entry into their AuD programs.
What does this mean for the rest of the students in the SPHSC Department?
The UW Speech and Hearing Sciences programs at the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy levels remain strong. The students enrolled in our Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Master's in Speech-Language Pathology, Master's in Medical Speech-Language Pathology, and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are not affected by this change. Their programs and the educational excellence offered through these programs will continue. The Department faculty will also continue to produce a superb record of research achievement and acquisition of outside grant funds. Our faculty is outstanding, engaged in a variety of teach and research activities, and are committed to our community and University Service.