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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree. For students who enroll in the program, an official transcript with Bachelor's degree posted must be received by the CSD department prior to the beginning of the first semester.
  • 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate grade point average.
  • A minimum score of 100 IBT on the TOEFL for students whose native language is not English.

Students entering the professional preparation program in audiology must have a well-rounded undergraduate degree with a major in communication disorders or complete a set of prerequisite courses prior to beginning the graduate program. The table below shows the minimum required courses. All of the content areas below must be completed prior to enrollment in the graduate program. If an offer of admission is made, the Department of CSD reserves the right to rescind the offer if all prerequisites are not completed as directed.  Once admitted, failure to complete prerequisites may prolong your program, increase the total cost of your degree, and possibly delay graduation.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements stated above may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must maintain a 3.0 average during each of their first two semesters of study to be admitted to full status and to be eligible for financial aid if available.

Prerequisites for Non-CSD Majors

If you currently have or will have an undergraduate degree other than in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will be considered a “leveling” student, meaning that you need to take prerequisite courses before entering the Graduate Program. The following chart lists the requirements you must meet prior to entering the graduate program. Column 1 provides the general requirement or names a specific course. You are likely to have fulfilled this requirement as part of your undergraduate program. If not, column 2 provides a suggested University of Cincinnati course that would fulfill it. Other classes may be substituted, particularly for the general biology, physical sciences or social/behavior sciences classes. Column 3 contains courses that may be taken through the internet.

Audiology prerequisite courses 

Students entering the AuD program in Audiology must complete required prerequisite content in the areas listed on the table below prior to enrollment. These courses can be taken at any university that offers them. The courses offered at the University of Cincinnati are listed on the table.

  • Online courses are not offered every semester at U.C. Check Onestop Course Planning Guide.
  • The first 4 courses are ASHA prerequisites. Courses taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments will not satisfy these requirements.

Required Content Area

UC Course Name

UC Course Number


*UC Course Number Online

Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)

Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology 2

BIOL 1021 or BIOL 1022

BIOL 1021 or BIOL 1022

Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)

How Things Work OR
Physics of Sound &

PHYS 1017 or 1018 or 1033

 PHYS 1017 or 1018

Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)

Intro to Psychology OR
Intro to Sociology

PSYC 1001 or SOC 1001

PSYC 1001 or
SOC 1001


Intro to Statistics OR
Elementary Statistics

STAT 1031 or 1034

STAT 1031 or 1034

Math/College Algebra College Algebra
Math 1021
Math 1021

Introductory Course in Audiology

Audiology 1: Basic Audiometry, Anatomy & Hearing Disorders

CSD 3061 (Fall)

CSD 3061 (Fall, Summer)

Normal Speech-Language Development or Acquisition
Speech and Language Development
 CSD 3080 (Spring)

Neurological Foundations of Communication

Neurological Foundations of Communication

CSD 4012 (Spring)

CSD 4012 (Summer)
only for students accepted into a Graduate program

The prerequisite courses can be taken at any time during or following your undergraduate degree program. The prerequisites must be completed before starting the graduate program fall semester (we do not allow students to begin the graduate program other than fall semester). Students cannot take the prerequisites concurrently with the graduate program courses. However, students may apply for admission into the graduate program while taking the prerequisite courses. Because admission to the graduate program is competitive, successful completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. Grades for the prerequisite courses are just one part of the complete application file. The prerequisite courses are offered at U.C. during fall, spring, and summer semesters. These courses are generally offered between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Register for the prerequisite classes online through Information about course offerings, fees, registration dates, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the "Schedule of Classes" located on the Onestop website. Contact Dr. Carney Sotto at with questions regarding prerequisite course work and/or registration. Until such time as you are accepted into the graduate program, you will be taking classes through the OneStop Student Service Center.

Prior to registration, complete a Basic Data Form . Please allow 3 business days for processing. The university Office of the Registrar will contact you by email with registration credentials. 

It is helpful for students to make arrangements to complete 25 hours of observation before beginning the graduate program. Contact Mrs. Phyllis Breen at 513-558-8510.

NOTE: Our department may not offer all leveling courses during the summer semester, so you are not likely to be able to complete these courses during the summer prior to entering into the graduate program. Students have the option of taking and completing these courses from UC on-site or on-line, or from other universities either on-site or on-line. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of graduate school fall semester.

Some of the universities that may offer one or more of these courses on-line or on-site are Idaho State University, California State University at Northridge, Western Kentucky University, Ohio State University, LaSalle University, University of Akron, Longwood University, University of Northern Colorado. Other course providers may be found through the Internet.

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