Basic science courses necessary to meet
U of M graduation, ASHA certification,* and State Licensure
Coursework in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders is not required prior
to admission to the MA and AuD graduate programs, but both programs require non-CSD
coursework to have been completed prior to graduation. If you have not met these requirements
in your undergraduate program, you will be required to complete them during your graduate
program. Depending on how many of these requirements have not been met, your graduate
program may be extended. You may want to consider completing this coursework prior
to your first semester of graduate school.
The MA program implements ASHA’s course distribution requirements for biological,
physical, and social/behavioral sciences: Acceptable courses in biological sciences
should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology,
human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary
science). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry.
Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology,
anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is also required
in compliance with ASHA standards. Research methodology coursework in Communication
Sciences and Disorders may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
The curriculum for the Doctor of Audiology Degree is designed to meet most state licensing
requirements and certification standards of national organizations. Our AuD program
assumes that students have basic coursework in the biological, physical, mathematical,
and social/behavioral sciences by the time of graduation. This coursework should be
completed at the undergraduate level and reflect preparation for graduate study in
audiology. You may also wish to take additional courses in these areas to prepare
you for graduate study. If you did not take coursework in the above areas in your
undergraduate program, you are encouraged to complete this coursework prior to your
first semester of graduate school. For more information see the Curriculum for the AuD program.
*For the AuD program, this coursework is a requirement for U of M graduation and state
licensure, but not for ASHA certification.