Program in Audiology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Program in Audiology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University


Highly Focused Program

Northeastern University offers a 4-year interdisciplinary Doctor of Audiology program that provides a wide variety of clinical experiences. Coursework and clinical experiences are geared toward national American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and success rates are impressive - in 2012 the Praxis Audiology exam pass rate for Northeastern students was 100 percent.

The academic programs, which are conducted on a full-time basis, have a student-faculty ratio of less than 4:1, ensuring a highly personalized experience for AuD students.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The Northeastern AuD curriculum includes course work, practica assignments, a comprehensive examination, and a clinical internship year during year 4 of the program. Students gain experience through placement at external sites and co-op opportunities. Academic courses are primarily offered during late afternoons and evenings, in order to accommodate students' clinical experiences during the day.

Open to New Graduates and Professionals

The Northeastern AuD program is open to applicants with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field from an accredited university. Those without a background in speech and hearing sciences are required to take prerequisite courses in audiology, language development, and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.

Practicing audiologists with at least 2 years of full-time experience may also apply to the program. In addition, to qualify for the AuD program at Northeastern University they must hold a graduate degree in audiology with a minimum 3.2 GPA, a valid state license to practice audiology, and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence.

Rich in Hands-on Experiences

Practica assignments take place in clinical areas such as congenital and acquired hearing loss, newborn hearing screening, vestibular disorders, central auditory processing disorders, amplification and assistive listening devices, hearing conservation, and aural rehabilitation and speech reading. Second and third semester students generally work as student clinicians in area hospitals, outpatient clinics, and educational institutions.

Audiology students also have the opportunity to work in the Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center, which serves the community in both speech-language pathology and audiology. Students practice under clinical faculty supervision 5 days.

Clinical audiology services include hearing screenings and evaluations, central auditory processing evaluation, physiologic hearing testing, aural rehabilitation and speech reading skills, and hearing aid dispensing. The clinical audiology program recently received an endowment of over a million dollars from the venerable Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing.

An Emphasis on Diversity

The AuD program, as part of Northeastern's Bouve College of Health Sciences, is part of an inter-disciplinary environment. Disciplines as diverse as counseling psychology, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy are considered part of the health care team. The student body also reflects the AuD program's emphasis on diversity, as some students have academic backgrounds in audiology, while others do not.

Graduate students are encouraged to take diverse electives in areas such as in American Sign Language, multicultural service delivery, and neuroscience.

Recognized Faculty Research

The faculty includes internationally recognized researchers in evidence-based practice, led by department chair, Dr. Ennio Mingola Faculty members are affiliated with well-known hospitals such as Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Faculty areas of research include auditory neuroscience, auditory processing, cross-cultural attitudes toward noise, and cochlear-implant listeners. Dr. Michael Epstein directs the Auditory Modeling and Processing Laboratory, researching relationships between physiological and psychological auditory processing and perception.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Audiology students may pursue several avenues for financial support, including academic scholarships, and working with faculty for stipends and course credits.

Community Outreach

Students in the AuD program reach out to the greater community by providing volunteer services to homeless shelter language literacy groups, preschool and elementary school hearing screenings, and the Boston Public School System.

Other student outreach services include hearing screenings of new-born babies at St. Elizabeth's Hospital; staffing a hearing instrument outreach program that provides financial assistance for hearing aids and assistive listening devices; and providing hearing screenings and presentations to the community.

Students are also active in extracurricular activities such as the NEU Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, and the NEU chapter of Student Academy of Audiology.

Cosmopolitan Urban Community

Northeastern's urban campus is conveniently located in downtown Boston, allowing easy access to its many amenities via public transportation. Nearly 20,000 full-time graduate and undergraduate students from 50 states and 125 countries lend a cosmopolitan flavor to the student experience. The school is proactively taking steps to promote sustainability by lowering its own emissions.

Campus housing is available, on a limited basis, to full-time graduate students. The Northeastern Off-Campus Student Services assists students with finding off-campus housing and staying connected to the campus at large.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Program in Audiology
Bouve College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
123 Forsyth Building
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States 

Contact Info
Dr. Sandra Cleveland
Program Director
Phone: 617-373-2496
Fax: 617-373-8756

Contact Info
Margaret Schnabel
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 617-373-3501

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 9
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 89
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 33%
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.2
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Scholarships/Grants, Traineeships, And Unspecified Assistantships Available.

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