Communications Disorders and Sciences

  • CSUN CD students in speech and hearing laboratory

    Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences

  • CSUN CD students and faculty testing with speech and hearing equipment

    Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences

  • students and faculty at the american speech, language and hearing association november 2019 annual convention in orlando florida

    ASHA Conference, Orlando, Florida

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program


The Doctor of Audiology education program at California State University, Northridge, is admitting its first cohort August 2019. The Doctor of Audiology education program at California State University, Northridge, has been awarded “Developing Status” through the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, affiliated with the American Academy of Audiology, 11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220, Reston VA 20191, 202-986-9500 or 800-222-2336 x1056.

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program

A doctoral degree is the entry-level requirement for employment as an audiologist. Doctoral degrees for audiologists are categorized as either a clinical doctorate or doctorate in philosophy. The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at CSUN is a clinical doctorate, which emphases both academic instruction and clinical instruction, as well as being practice oriented.

The Doctor of Audiology program provides academic instruction, clinical instruction (assessment, treatment, rehabilitation) and participation in research investigations in the areas of normal hearing and balance, as well as disorders of hearing and balance. The program progresses students’ knowledge and skills for patient-centered care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing, balance and a range of auditory disorders that occur in people across all ages of life. The program also emphasizes advancement of students’ knowledge and skills for existing and emerging technologies that are associated with the field.

Because the scope of practice for audiologists emphasizes treatment rehabilitative services, counseling and guidance to patients, the program’s pedagogy heavily emphasizes skill discovery and skill practice. This pedagogy is emphasized in both academic instruction as well as clinical instruction.

The program’s philosophy and curriculum are constructed to align with the Standards of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) which is associated with the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), as well as with the Preferred Practice Patterns for the Profession of Audiology identified by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CAA) which is associated with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Communicate in a professional, culturally sensitive and effective manner through spoken and written modalities within settings for clinical consultation, education, administration and providing client advocacy.
  2. Plan, conduct and interpret assessments of individuals with suspected disorders of the auditory, vestibular and communication systems.
  3. Plan, conduct and interpret interventions of individuals with suspected disorders of the auditory, vestibular and communication systems.
  4. Conduct clinically relevant research to support evidence-based practice, including evaluation and interpretation of current literature, planning hypothesis-based research and executing hypothesis-based research.

Requirements for the Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D.)

Once admitted to the department’s graduate programs, a student must attain classified graduate status, submit a department-approved plan of study (i.e., the doctoral’s degree formal program) to the graduate school for review and approval, satisfactorily complete all courses on the plan and pass a final, comprehensive examination. It is noted that for state licensure, and professional certification, additional graduate courses are taken as part of the course of study.

You can find a listing of courses and clinical practica required for the Doctor of Audiology Degree using the following link.

Graduate Au.D. Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying for graduate studies in the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences at California State University, Northridge.  
The Department Graduate Application for the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) will be available beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019 through Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Each applicant will need to complete two (2) applications for the Graduate Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Program: 

1) The Department Graduate Au.D. Application. You can access the Department Graduate Au.D. Application by using the following link:


2) All applicants will also need to complete the University Graduate Application, which you can access through the following link:

Links for both applications open Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Please note:  There is a $30.00 fee upon submission your Department’s Graduate Au.D. Application through ApplyWeb.
You will need to be prepared to upload documents and information, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Electronic copy of transcripts for all Colleges and University’s attended
  2. Electronic copy of current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) score
  3. Email addresses for Recommenders you have asked to complete the Letter of Recommendation Forms
  4. Statement of Intent (Directions and prompts can be found within the application)

Additional information for Applicants:

  • The department requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders before beginning graduate study. However, we highly value prospective students' grade point average in the major, and give priority to students who have submitted grades for 18 or more semester units of required prerequisite major coursework.
  • Letter of Recommendations are most effective when they are written by a person who knows you and your work. Select someone who taught a course in which you performed well academically, and where you made contributions to the class.  Recommendations from family friends, relatives, casual employers, and coworkers are not appropriate.  We suggest that at least 2 of the 3 letters come from academic faculty.
  • Applicants shouldn’t need to contact the office regarding the status of an application.  Once you have uploaded all of the documents and submitted your application through Apply Web (CollegeNet) the application is available to the Department Office for processing.
  • When the review process is complete, the Department will email applicants regarding the outcome of the process. You will know at that time if you have been admitted, denied admission, or placed on a wait list.

Doctor of Audiology Faculty

Full Time Audiology Faculty

Dr. SuHyun Jin, Ph.D.
Dr. Yugandar Ramakrishna, Au.D./Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Sinclair, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Spayd, Au.D.

Part Time Audiology Faculty

Dr. Delia Karahalios, Au.D.
Dr. John Malan, Au.D.

Updated Su2019