Admission Requirements

The doctor in audiology program at Missouri State is competitive and the number of students who can enter the program each year is limited.

During the application process, if you need assistance with the application portal, you can email CSDCAS customer service at csdcasinfo@csdcas.org. Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM ESTPhone – (617) 612-2030. Please read the information below carefully.

 

 

Admission requirements

Completed application must be received by CSDCAS and noted as complete by January 15 to be considered for the fall semester. The number of students who can enter the program each year is limited. Admission to the program is competitive.

There are two admission processes for the Doctor of Audiology program, depending upon if a student is admitted through the accelerated track, which begins in the senior year of the UG program or the traditional track, which begins after the UG degree has been awarded. Please be sure to follow the appropriate application process. If you are unsure which of the following two options to follow, please contact the CSD Department Head.

  • Applicants applying to the Doctor of Audiology program via the traditional track, after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, must submit a completed application via the CSDCAS application service by January 15. For instructions on the CSDCAS application process, please visit the CSDCAS website at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. For those applicants that are selected and accept admission to the Doctor of Audiology program, data from the CSDCAS application can be sent to the Graduate College. Thus, it is not necessary to complete an application to the Graduate College.
  • Applicants applying to the Doctor of Audiology program via the accelerated track must submit a completed application to the MSU Graduate College by January 15th in the spring prior to the senior year to be considered for the fall semester. Applicants to the accelerated program are not required to submit an application via the CSDCAS website.
    • If accepted to the accelerated program, up to 12 hours of coursework may be counted to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before enrolling in a course to be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the AuD degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, Department Head of CSD, and the Dean of the Graduate College using a Mixed Credit Form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Admission to the program is competitive. Because the accelerated track is more rigorous than the traditional track, accelerated students must meet more stringent admission prerequisites, which include additional course work in the sciences. Students should contact the CSD Department Head for details regarding prerequisites.

Full admission to the accelerated program shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. Students must complete at least 75 hours of coursework at the undergraduate level, including college algebra, chemistry, biology, and physics. Please contact the CSD Department Head to determine which science classes are acceptable.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (4.00 scale) on all coursework attempted, including transferred work.
  3. Students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Graduate College.
  4. Students must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of the three must speak to the student's academic potential for graduate school (i.e., current/former instructors/professors).
  5. Students must submit evidence of job shadowing experience. At least 25 hours of shadowing experience is required prior to application to the accelerated program. An additional 25 hours of shadowing will be required prior to initiation of graduate coursework in the senior year.

Full admission to the program via the traditional track shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. While a degree in CSD is not necessary, undergraduate course work must include a biology course (or closely related, as determined by the department head), a physics or chemistry course, as well as a mathematics course.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (4.00 scale) on all coursework attempted, including transfer work.
  3. Students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE scores). GRE scores must be submitted through CSDCAS by choosing the MSU designation (code 0741).
  4. Students must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of the three must speak to the student's academic potential for graduate school (i.e., current/former instructors/professors).
  5. Students must submit evidence of job shadowing experience. At least 25 hours of shadowing experience is required for students with a CSD undergraduate degree. For students from a non-CSD background, 40 hours of shadowing must be documented. (Hours can be documented by a letter from a audiologist that was shadowed).

CSDCAS application service. Students will submit applications through a site called CSDCAS. For instructions on the CSDCAS application process, please visit the CSDCAS website at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

The department may contact a student at various times during the application process about his/her status. If students would like to schedule a visit to the department, please contact the CSD department office at 417-836-5368 or email csd@missouristate.edu.

Essential functions

The Essential Functions of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for professionals in the field of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students in the MSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY). The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete their course of study.

The following Essential Functions are consistent with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association or Council on the Education of the Deaf clinical skill performance guidelines and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines expected of the first year speech-language therapists in public schools. All essential functions are introduced and coached within CSD coursework and practicum.

Physical Abilities:

  • Participate in professional responsibilities/activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
  • Be self-sufficient when moving to, from and within the work setting.
  • Complete diagnostic or instructional evaluation/assessment.
  • Effectively implement necessary treatment plan/lesson plan. including use of materials/instrumentation and data collection.
  • Provide a safe environment for others in responding quickly to emergency situations including fire, medical and environmental (e.g. weather related) emergencies and in applying universal precautions (standardized approach to infection control).
  • Provide appropriate model of language and speech according to the needs of individual clients.
  • Visually and auditorally monitor patient responses and materials.
  • Make accurate judgments about speech and/or acoustic signals.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

  • Maintain composure and emotional objectivity in demanding situations.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with people in person, by phone, and in written form by considering the communication needs and cultural values of the listener.
  • Understand and respect supervisory authority.
  • Maintain appropriate professional behavior, including punctuality, regular attendance and prompt completion of responsibilities.
  • Comply with administrative, legal and regulatory policies in multiple clinical and educational settings.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity and motivation in delivering professional services.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.

Intellectual Abilities:

  • Solve clinical problems through critical analysis.
  • Seek relevant case information, synthesize, and apply concepts and information from various sources and disciplines.
  • Write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in standard edited English at an appropriate level.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret and retain ideas and concepts in academic and diagnostic/treatment/classroom settings.
  • Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete clinical activities for up to eight hour blocks of time.

The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an AuD degree.

Required Essential Functions confirmation

Once the decision is made to accept an admission offer into Speech-Language Pathology, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or Audiology, you must read and review the Essential Functions. Returning this document signed affirms that the individual is able to meet the essential functions necessary to be a speech-language pathologist, educator of the deaf and hard of hearing or an audiologist. If one feels they cannot meet the essential functions, it is highly recommended they speak with the CSD department head.