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.
  • Completion of required prerequisites listed below.
  • Complete and submit application in CSDCAS, more details regarding the application can be found in "How to Apply"

Students entering the professional preparation program in audiology must have either an undergraduate degree with a major in communication disorders (with all required prerequisites below completed) 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 one 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 two 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 four 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 UC Check Onestop Course Planning Guide.
  • The first four courses are ASHA prerequisites. Courses taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments will not satisfy these requirements.
  • Upon acceptance into our program, we will review your prerequisites in detail.  Verification of courses in CSDCAS does not confirm that a course meets our required criteria.
Prerequisite Courses
Required Content Area UC Course Name UC Course Number: 
Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)
Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology 2
BIOL 1021 or BIOL 1022 
Physical Science- Physics or Chemistry (not Astronomy)
How Things Work OR
Physics of Sound &
PHYS 1017, 1018 or 1005C
Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)
Intro to Psychology OR 
Intro to Sociology

PSYC 1001 or SOC 1001

Intro to Statistics OR
Elementary Statistics
STAT 1031 or 1034
Math/College Algebra or higher College Algebra
Math 1021 

Introductory Course in Audiology

Audiology 1: Basic Audiometry, Anatomy & Hearing Disorders

CSD 3061 

Normal Speech-Language Development or Acquisition
Speech and Language Development
 CSD 3080 
Recommended courses
 Content Area UC Course Name UC Course Number  
Neurological Foundations of Communication

Neurological Foundations of Communication

CSD 4012 

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 summer semester (we do not allow students to begin the graduate program other than summer 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.

Register for the prerequisite classes online through One Stop. 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 Katherine Russell, AuD 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 three business days for processing. The university Office of the Registrar will contact you by email with registration credentials.  

Please note: Our department may not offer all leveling courses each semester.  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 the audiology summer semester.

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

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Allied Health Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue P.O. Box 670379 | Cincinnati, OH 45267

Phone: 513-558-8501