While the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree prepares individuals to enter clinical practice, the Ph.D. program a concentration in clinical audiology (i.e., the clinical certification option) prepares students to be both clinical audiologists and academicians. Students will obtain the clinical skills necessary for the professional practice of audiology, as well as the research and scholarship skills required for a career in academia. Pertinent experiences in the doctoral program include didactic and clinical course work in audiology; study of the basic methods of scientific investigation; additional study in another field that is related to the field of audiology; and experience in the activities that are most typical of persons holding the Ph.D. degree (e.g., research and writing). The Ph.D. program with the clinical certification option is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and students graduating from the program will meet the academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A).
It is anticipated that this degree program will take students four to five years to complete. The first three years will be in residence at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with students completing didactic course work, pre-dissertation research experiences, and both on- and off-campus clinical rotations. During the fourth year of the program students will be placed in an intensive off-campus residency. The dissertation will be completed during Years 4 and 5.
A strong advisory system is maintained for all Ph.D. students in order to aid curriculum, qualifying examination, and dissertation planning. Each student is assigned an advisor upon admission into the doctoral program. During the first semester of graduate study, the advisor, in consultation with the student, identifies two additional faculty members (one from within the department and one from outside the department) who will serve as the student's advisory committee, and the advisor will forward his/her recommendation as to the membership of the advisory committee to the Graduate Program Director. The members of the advisory committee may or may not ultimately serve as members of the student's dissertation committee.
Tuition and fees
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