The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


Is Financial Aid Available for AuD Students?

Financial support of full-time doctoral students in the AuD program is awarded through graduate student assistantships and tuition scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for these sources of financial aid. The UT Dallas Graduate Admissions site has information on other sources of financial aid for graduate students.

What is UT Dallas Like?

The University of Texas at Dallas recently was ranked second among U.S. universities founded in the past 50 years and is in the top 25 such universities worldwide. Total enrollment at UT Dallas is approximately 25,000, with more than 8,000 graduate students. UT Dallas’ main campus is located in Richardson, Texas, about 15 miles north of downtown Dallas; some of the centers of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences are located in Dallas, near the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical School. Both Richardson and Dallas are vibrant communities, with opportunities for art, drama, music, athletics, and other activities. Visit the UT Dallas visitors website for more information about the University.

What are Richardson and Dallas Like?

Richardson and Dallas are richly diverse cities located in one of America’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas. The Dallas area boasts 50,000 acres of public park land, the nation’s largest urban arts district with excellent symphony, opera, and art museums, five major sports franchises, multiple entertainment districts, and a thriving culinary scene. The DART rail system runs from the suburbs of Plano and Richardson to the arts district, downtown Dallas, and DFW airport. Yes, it is hot in the summer, but the average daily temperature is 65 degrees (spring, fall, and winter are great!). The area offers a reasonable cost of living and an abundance of sunshine.

Where Should I Live?

Some AuD classes are held on the main UT Dallas campus in Richardson; other classes are held in Dallas at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Some elective courses may be held at the Center for Brain Health or the Center for Vital Longevity. Your duties as a graduate student assistant or other employment by the University may take place on the main campus in Richardson or at one of the centers in Dallas, and locations of classes and duties may change over semesters. Your clinical practicum sites will include the Callier Center in Richardson, the Callier Center in Dallas, and other locations within the Dallas metroplex.

Public transportation options are improving, but most AuD students commute by car. Many students choose to live in areas between Richardson and Dallas. For students who prefer to live in Richardson, some student housing is available on the main campus in Richardson, but on-campus housing caters primarily to undergraduates. You can use online search engines to find housing options that fit your price range and target location, and the program office can also provide information and recommendations from current doctoral students.

What is the Admissions Process Like?

The admissions committee evaluates applications on several dimensions, including prior GPA and GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Based on review of the applications, a subset of applicants are invited to interview in person on campus, or via Skype. Admissions decisions are made subsequent to completion of the interview process.

How Big is the AuD Program and How Many AuD Students are Accepted Each Year?

There typically 10-12 students admitted into the AuD program per year, with up to 48 students enrolled in the AuD program in at any one time. During the fourth year of the AuD program, students complete externships at various sites across the United States.

What is the Background of a Successful Applicant (Minimum and Average GPA/GRE, In-Field Major, Research Experience, Etc.)?

Successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.7 or above and a combined total GRE score of 310 or above. Many students have a background in communication sciences and disorders, but the AuD program welcomes students entering from related fields including psychology, linguistics, biology, chemistry, music, engineering, etc.

What are Typical Outcomes from Graduates from the Program?

Most recent graduates have obtained full-time clinical positions at private practices, ENT offices, university clinics, or other clinical sites. UT Dallas students completing the PRAXIS test have a 100% pass rate, and the employment rate within one year of graduation has been 100%.

What Makes this Program Unique?

The UTD AuD program offers students a unique experience in the classroom and in supervised hands-on clinical service opportunities. In addition, the program fuses clinical preparation with doctoral research training to prepare students to provide evidence-based clinical care throughout the duration of their career.

Should I Apply for the AuD Program or the PhD Program?

The AuD program provides clinical preparation for certification and licensure in the profession of audiology. The PhD program is for students who are interested in research in communication sciences and disorders and academic/research careers. The PhD degree at UT Dallas is not an advanced clinical degree. Separate applications to the AuD and PhD program are required; each program has a separate admissions committee and evaluates applicants relative to other applicants to the individual program. In many cases, students apply to the PhD program after completion of the first one-two years of AuD coursework. Individual academic plans are developed for each student upon admission into a second degree program.