WHO reports that over 5% of the world's population—that's 432 million adults and 34 million children—has disabling hearing loss. By 2050, over 900 million people worldwide will likely be affected by significant hearing loss. Audiologists fill a vital niche in our complex and diverse global society, and job prospects for audiologists coming out of WWU are excellent!
Why audiology at WWU?
Supportive faculty, dedicated to mentorship
State-of-the-art Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
Fully-mediated classrooms and labs
Top-of-the-line equipment and software
Collaborative spaces for graduate students
Live in beautiful Bellingham!
Western's Clinical Doctorate in Audiology is a full-time, four-year program. During the first three years, students enroll in coursework and clinical practicum experiences developed and sequenced to provide knowledge and skills in the evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. The program culminates in a fourth year externship. We train competent, entry-level professionals in audiology and prepare students for advanced study at the Ph.D. level.
- All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
- Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
- International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.
Additional Application Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech Pathology and Audiology completed within the past 5 years
- Three (3) Letters of Reference
- One-page resume
- Statement of Purpose: The Department of CSD at Western has a responsibility to the public to produce fully competent and caring audiologists, capable of doing benefit and not harm. Thus, it is important that persons admitted possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice audiology. We particularly value applicants who can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, curiosity, maturity, self‐motivation, dedication to the profession, and established strategies for managing stress. Within this context, submit a one page statement describing your academic experiences, professional experiences, research experience (if applicable) and personal qualities that make you a strong candidate for graduate training in audiology. In addition, discuss your future plans for your professional career. Please be aware that your statement will be read by a review committee who will not only evaluate you based on the content of your answer, but also on your writing ability (e.g., clarity, organization, writing mechanics).