Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entrance requirements?
We encourage all interested students to apply. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university is required at the time of matriculation. While most students do come to us with a background in communication disorders or a closely-related field, applicants with academic backgrounds and experiences outside of these areas are commonly offered admission to the AuD and MSDE programs. The most important factors in admission and scholarship decisions are the applicant’s commitment to the field; strong interpersonal skills; and an academic record and GRE scores consistent with Washington University standards. We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a campus visit or phone interview prior to the application deadline to further strengthen the application.  For more information, please visit our Prerequisites page.
What prerequisite courses do I need for admission?
No specific courses are required for admission. However, certain courses are required for certification and/or licensure. Please see the Prerequisites page for more specific information and recommendations.

What are the GPA and GRE requirements for admission?

It is recommended that applicants have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (cumulative) and minimum GRE scores in the 40th percentile or higher. However, this is not a requirement for consideration and applicants scoring below one of more of these minima may be considered if other portions of the application suggest that the scores are not a true indicator of academic ability and professional promise.
What do you look for in an applicant?
In our admissions process, we give careful consideration to each individual application.  While academics and ability (GPA, GRE scores, etc.) are important considerations, so are things that are harder to measure, such as professional promise, interests, experiences, character and personality.  Just as you want to find a program that’s a good “fit,” we also strive to select students whose background, abilities and interests align with what our program can offer.  The letters of recommendation and personal statement are great ways to help us learn about you – beyond what your transcripts and test scores might show.
What kinds of hands-on experience can I expect?
Students begin hands-on experience during the first semester and are given a wide variety of opportunities to put their knowledge into practice. Each practicum/practice teaching experience  is supervised by a fully licensed and certified professional. We have a large network of over 200 affiliated sites for observation, practicum, and externship experiences, including on-campus sites and sites around the St. Louis area, as well as sites around the country for optional practicum rotations and externships.  More information on the AuD experiences can be found on the Doctor of Audiology page and more information on the MSDE experiences can be found on the Master of Science in Deaf Education page.
Who teaches the courses in your program?
Our faculty consists of a mix of full-time and part-time individuals who teach in their area of expertise. Experienced clinicians teach clinical courses and supervise practicum, veteran teachers teach deaf education coursework and supervise student teaching, and world-renowned scientists teach research/scientific courses. All faculty have direct experience in the area they teach, and great care is taken in the selection of faculty to allow students to learn the latest knowledge and skills in the fields related to hearing and deafness and to promote student success. In fact, several well-known textbooks used nationwide in undergraduate and graduate training programs are authored by PACS faculty. The graduate programs benefit from the many experts available in PACS, the Department of Otolaryngology, Central Institute for the Deaf, and in the national professional community.  For more information, please see our Faculty page.
What externship opportunities are available?
In the fourth year, students engage in a full-time, 9-12 month externship experience. The process for identifying an externship site that meets the requirements and standards of the AuD program and that matches the student’s interests is a collaborative endeavor between the AuD program and the student. Our AuD students are in high demand for externship positions around the country.
What research opportunities are available?

The integration of research into the AuD, MSDE, and PhD curricula is a unique feature. All students receive training through coursework and independent research projects – the Capstone Project for AuD students, Independent Study for MSDE students, and Dissertation for PhD students. All research projects are conducted under the mentorship of qualified faculty members who support students throughout the process.In addition, there are opportunities for elective experiences in research.  Part-time positions in research labs are often available to our students, and optional funded research training opportunities are often available for AuD students.  For more information on these opportunities, please visit the Research Training Opportunities page.

Can I attend part-time or via distance learning?
Students are admitted only for full-time, residential study only.
How do I apply?
Please see the Admissions page for more information.
What is the application deadline?

All application materials must be received by the following dates:

  • PhD program – January 15
  • AuD program — February 15
  • MSDE program – December 15 (early decision), February 15 (priority decision), or June 1 for rolling admissions (fall entry, as available)
What’s your mailing address?
Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
CB 8042, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
How many students do you accept each year?
The AuD program enrolls approximately 12 new students per year, the MSDE program enrolls approximately 8 new students per year and the Ph.D. program enrolls approximately 1-2 new students per year.
What are the TOEFL requirements for admission for international students?
The minimum TOEFL requirement is 250 (paper-based test), 600 (computer-based test) or 100 (Internet). The TOEFL is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English.
What codes should I use to report my GRE and/or TOEFL scores?
Please use Institution Code 6929 (Washington U) and Department Code 0602 (Audiology).
How do I set up a visit to the program or an interview?
We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a campus visit or phone interview prior to the application deadline to further strengthen the application. We are happy to arrange individual or small group tours of the program campus to prospective students. To arrange a date and time, please e-mail us at pacs@wustl.edu or call us at (314) 747-0104. If a personal visit is not possible, alternate interview arrangements can be made upon request.
What are the annual tuition and fees?

Full-time tuition for students entering the AuD and MSDE program during the 2018-19 academic year is $39,200 per year plus a non-refundable matriculation fee of $200. Part-time tuition is $840 per semester hour. Tuition rates will not increase above the amount set at the time of enrollment, assuming continuous full-time enrollment. Full-time tuition also includes student health, life and disability coverage through Washington University School of Medicine. Full-time tuition will be reduced by 50 percent for AuD students during the Clinical Externship in Audiology (fourth year).

The PhD program follows the tuition and fee structure of The Graduate School.

Additional fees may be required for international students.

What types of scholarships and other financial assistance are available?
100% of our current students receive financial support directly from PACS. Please see the Tuition and Financial Aid page on this website for more information.
Can I work during my studies?
Yes, most students work part-time to supplement their income during their graduate studies. A number of part-time, paid job opportunities are generally available to students on campus. Students who accept admission will be notified of these opportunities as they become available. We encourage students to limit their part-time employment to less than 20 hours per week.
What are the job prospects after I graduate?
Each year graduates from our programs are in high demand by employers. In most years, our students have jobs secured before they even graduate. As a result, our alumni work in nearly every state in the nation, as well as in countries throughout the world, and many are in national leadership positions. The department helps students with their job search by assisting them with resume’ development, helping them identify job opportunities and connecting them with potential employers, writing letters of recommendation, and more.
What is the difference between the one-year and two-year Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) programs?

The two-year (four semester) program meets the needs of most students, including those with limited or no background and/or experience in deaf education. This two-year program fulfills the certification requirements of the State of Missouri (Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Birth-Grade 12) and the Council on Education of the Deaf.

A one-year (two semester) program is also available for students with a degree in deaf education and significant teaching experience in the field.

I am interested in the PhD program. Do I need to find a mentor before applying?
No. It is not necessary to contact or identify a faculty mentor before applying, nor does it guarantee admission or funding. If, after reviewing the program details, you feel the academic and research areas align with your areas of interest, please e-mail us at pacs@wustl.edu to arrange a phone call with the Program Director.
Why should I choose Washington University?
Our graduate programs are top-ranked nationally and have a long, rich heritage training professionals and leaders in the field. Students benefit from our large network of sites that allow students to gain hands-on practical experience from day-one, including many unique opportunities that cannot be found in other programs because of our location in a large, metropolitan area, within a top-ranked medical school, and adjacent to a private school for the deaf that emphasizes listening and spoken language. Our faculty members are national leaders who teach in their respective areas of expertise and who enjoy mentoring students. What you will also find at Washington University that makes our graduate programs truly unique is a supportive environment and caring attitude among the faculty, staff and fellow students. Visit the Why PACS page of this site or see the pdf documents below for more information.
What are the requirements for submitting international transcripts?
Applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to have them evaluated by a credentialing agency, such as World Education Services, Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. or Educational Credential Evaluators. An official copy of the evaluation must be submitted by mail as part of the application requirements. The evaluation must include course names, grades and credits in U.S. terms, and the credentialing agency must also verify that the applicant possesses a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree. Un-evaluated international transcripts will not be accepted. Official transcripts or evaluations for all courses taken at all universities must be submitted.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to contact us at pacs@wustl.edu or (314) 747-0104 with any other questions you have about our programs.