The Program in Audiology & Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides exceptional graduate education in audiology, deaf education and speech and hearing sciences.

We also offer an undergraduate minor for students interested in hearing, deafness, language and speech.

Our culture

When you join PACS, you join a community — a tight-knit, welcoming group that many students liken to a family. Expect collaboration and support from students, faculty and staff alike.

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Our environment

Our close ties with Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology, the Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other local sites give students hands-on training opportunities and an extensive professional network.

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Our history

Our programs in audiology and deaf education are among the oldest and most prestigious in the country, originating from WashU and the Central Institute for the Deaf’s pathbreaking work in speech and hearing sciences.

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The environment at WashU offers students a variety of experiences that will enable them to pursue a career that is unique to their interests. Students have the opportunity to interact with world-class educators, clinicians, clinician scientists, and basic scientists who are dedicated to the field of speech and hearing to supplement their training and, in many cases, leads them to exciting opportunities they may not have initially imagined.

Lisa Davidson, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

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