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Doctor of Audiology


Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Audiology program at California State University, Sacramento! The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) in the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State. The residential Au.D. program at Sacramento State is a four-year clinical doctorate that is designed to prepare students for professional practice of audiology. The Au.D. program provides coursework in the theoretical foundations of audiology and evidence-based practice, as well as varied clinical training experiences in the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The program requires full-time study for 11 consecutive semesters (including summer).

For detailed information on coursework and program of study, please reference the Doctor of Audiology portion of the Campus Catalog and the AuD Program Flowchart.

Please direct questions regarding the Au.D. program and application process to Laura Gaeta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Au.D. Program Director, at or 916-278-4701.

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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) has received program approval from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

The Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) has granted the program "Developing Status” to the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) at California State University, Sacramento.

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) at California State University, Sacramento is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.


Why Sacramento State?

  • Contemporary curriculum grounded in our department’s mission to provide theory before practice.
    • Classes include amplification, central auditory processing, genetics, practice management, diagnosis and management of the vestibular system, pharmacology and ototoxicity, aging and the auditory system, pediatric and educational audiology, billing and coding, research methods, aural rehabilitation, and more! See the Au.D. program catalog for a list of courses and descriptions.
  • State-of-the-art clinic in Folsom Hall that serves our community and provides on-site training for our Au.D. students.
    • Across our clinic space and five booths, we have full audiometric suites, hearing aid software and instrumentation, electrophysiology equipment, a rotary chair, simulation head manikins, and ample space for students to learn and train.
  • Interprofessional education activities for students from other health-related degree programs.
    • The rich multidisciplinary environment in Folsom Hall includes physical therapy and nursing.
  • Various off-campus placements within and outside the Sacramento area.
    • Placement types include private practices, medical centers, and local school districts.
  • Small classes that emphasize support.
    • With a low student-to-teacher ratio, faculty can provide instruction in the classroom, clinic, and outside of class time.
  • Knowledgeable, engaged, and caring teaching faculty who are passionate about audiology.
    • Faculty actively participate in the academic and clinical training of Au.D. students through their teaching and research.
  • Diverse student body that is committed to achieving their professional goals.
    • Classes and clinic are designed to foster communication and collaboration throughout the program.
    • Students have been recognized at the state and national level for their leadership, academic and clinical excellence, and service. See our department Facebook page for announcements about scholarships and awards.
  • Opportunities to engage in research with faculty through a doctoral research project.
    • Students work with a committee of faculty on a project of interest and present their work at a symposium at the end of the third year.
    • Students have attended professional conferences to present their projects, network, and engage with the field.
  • Developing Status award from ACAE and a Candidacy award from CAA.
    • Both pathways allow for greater opportunities for students pursuing careers in audiology.
  • Diverse community to engage with in the Sacramento area.
    • In addition to the clinic, our Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) chapter volunteers in the campus and local community. To learn more about SAA, visit their website at the end of this page.

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Our Faculty

Laura Gaeta

Hamid Motallebzadeh

Soumya Venkitakrishnan

Dr. Ariel Cassar

For contact information and additional faculty listings, please visit the CSAD Meet Us Page.

Our Facilities

In Fall 2021, we opened the doors to the new Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center Audiology Clinic on the first floor of Folsom Hall. This state-of-the-art clinic provides evidence-based practice and research space for students and faculty, serving as the on-campus training site for the Au.D. program. The Audiology Clinic includes five sound booths, hearing aid workrooms, a vestibular lab with rotary chair, electrophysiology equipment, consultation rooms, a student computer lab, reception area and waiting room, simulation manikins, and collaborative education space. The space complements the existing interprofessional education environment within Folsom Hall, which will provide opportunities to students to engage and work with students from other health professions.

For more information on the Marylander Rees Center Clinics, please visit the clinic websites:

Virtual Tour of the Doctor of Audiology facilities

Admissions and Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Audiology program at California State University, Sacramento! The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) in the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State. The Au.D. program is designed to prepare students for clinical practice in audiology. The program requires full-time study for 11 semesters (i.e., fall, spring, and summer). There is only one application cycle per year for the Au.D. program.

Information about admissions and the application process is provided below. Please read through the Admissions and Application Instruction page, linked in the table below, in its entirety before applying. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application. Admission to the Au.D. program is determined by the Au.D. Program Admissions Committee.

Au.D. Admissions and Application Documents
Documents & Links Date
Au.D. Admissions and Application Instructions  02/06/2023
Au.D. Student Observation Hours Log  02/07/2019
CSDCAS Web based application  02/06/2023
Sac Sate Office of Graduate Studies 02/06/2023
Sac State International Programs & Global Engagement  02/06/2023
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The 2023-2023 tuition for the Au.D. program is approximately $7371.00 / semester. The total cost (tuition only) is approximately $81,081.00. See the Sac State Tuition & Living Costs webpage for updated tuition and campus fees.

2020 and 2021 AuD Students

2020 & 2021 AuD Students

Au.D. Doctoral Research Projects

In the second year of the program, students undertake a doctoral research project, which is an independent research study conducted by the student under the supervision of members of the faculty. Students work steadily on the projects across five semesters, culminating in a paper and presentation at the end of the third year. At this time, we celebrate the students completing their comprehensive exams, doctoral research projects, and pre-externship requirements with a white coat ceremony.

Current Doctoral Research Topics:

  • Comparison of school districts with educational audiologists
  • Auditory processing in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Language barriers between audiologists and interpreters
  • African Americans’ perspectives on audiology care
  • Extended high-frequency smartphone audiometry
  • Cost-benefit analysis of aural rehabilitation
  • Measures of hearing loss and cognition
  • Music based auditory training for people with cochlear implants
  • Caregiver decision-making factors for choosing a spoken language over a signed language for their deaf and hard-of-hearing child
  • Assessing the native speaker effect on speech perception
  • Relationship between follow up appointments and hearing aid user satisfaction
  • Usefulness of amplification among people with normal hearing and perceived hearing handicap
  • Evaluating middle ear and cochlear status with high-frequency otoacoustic emissions

“Students attending the California Academy of Audiology conference. Stingers up!”

“Students attending the California Academy of Audiology conference. Stingers up!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need to have taken physics or chemistry to apply to the Au.D. program?
    No, but you must have taken a course in a physical science.
  2. What if I don’t have the CSAD pre-requisites for applying to the Au.D. program?
    If you have a Bachelor’s in another field (i.e., a major other than CSAD) and wish to take the pre-requisites at CSUS, you can apply to the CSUS College of Continuing Education (CCE) program. The six CSAD-prefix courses are offered through this program.
  3. Is advising for prospective students available?
    Yes. You can make an appointment for office hours by emailing the Au.D. Program Director, Laura Gaeta, Ph.D., or you can attend the information/advising sessions posted on the department calendar.
  4. When should I take the GRE?
    GRE scores must be reported by the application deadline. We recommend that students take the GRE in the summer before applying to the program to allow time for a retake (if necessary). Scores are valid for five years.
  5. Do I need to have completed all of the pre-requisites before applying to the program?
    No, but all pre-requisites must be completed by the program start date. At the time of applying, you must indicate that pre-requisite completion is in progress and will be completed by program start date.
  6. Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
    No, a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) is not required, but you must have completed the pre-requisites listed on this webpage, including those in CSAD, before starting the program. We have many students who have degrees in other fields, and we value the diversity these experiences and backgrounds bring to the program.
  7. How are applications evaluated?
    We consider all aspects of the application, including but not limited to: academic performance and potential (e.g., pre-requisites, GPA, GRE scores, transcripts, written essays), letters of recommendation, observation hours, related experiences (e.g., employment, pre-clinical courses, research, community service), diversity (e.g., personal statement, essay, CV/resume, volunteer and/or work history), interpersonal skills (e.g., personal statement, letters of recommendation), and clinical potential.
  8. How are classes and clinics scheduled?
    The CSUS Au.D. program is designed so that the early semesters have more didactic classes than clinical coursework. Later in the program, this ratio changes to fewer didactic classes and more clinical coursework in order to prepare students for the full-time externship in the fourth year.
  9. Does the program offer any specializations?
    The Au.D. is a generalist degree, meaning that students will learn about and gain experience in all areas of audiology. We have a wide range of classes and internships available so that students can explore all of these areas through coursework, clinical practica, and research projects. We can take student interests and goals into account when assigning clinical rotations as long as minimum requirements are still achieved. Our program partners with our interprofessional education center, so opportunities to learn from and work with students in other health fields are available and embedded within the curriculum.
  10. Do I need to find clinical placements on my own?
    No. The program will coordinate off-campus clinical placements, including the externship year. Internship placements around the greater Sacramento area are assigned by the Clinical Education Coordinator.
  11. What kinds of placements are available?
    For the first four semesters, students will complete rotations in our Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center in Folsom Hall. In the second and third years, students will be enrolled in off-campus practica, such as private practices, medical centers/hospitals, and schools.
  12. Is research a part of the program?
    Yes. Although the Au.D. is a clinical doctorate (i.e., it is not a Ph.D. or a research doctorate), research is incorporated in all courses and clinics through learning outcomes, assignments, and evidence-based practice. Students are also required to complete a doctoral research project starting in the second year and culminating in a paper and presentation in the third year. Each project is developed and supervised by a committee of faculty. Students will identify faculty as committee chairs and members based on their interests and the research interests of the faculty.
  13. What support is available for students with disabilities?
    As part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Au.D. program is committed to supporting all students. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at the start of the Au.D. program.
  14. Are there comprehensive exams?
    Yes. There are two exams that students must pass in order to continue in the program; CSAD 510 is a progress exam at the end of the first year, and CSAD 520 is a comprehensive exam near the end of the third year.
  15. When does the externship begin?
    The externship begins in semester 9 and continues through semester 11. Students must complete all on-campus and degree requirements up to that point, including the comprehensive exam and defense of their doctoral research projects. A symposium and white coat ceremony is held at the end of semester 8 to recognize the milestone of completing these requirements and beginning the externship experience.
  16. Is there a student organization?
    Yes! We have a chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) at CSUS. More information about SAA and its activities is available below.
  1. Are there any requirements related to starting clinical practica?
    Yes, requirements to begin clinic in the first semester are outlined during admissions and clinic orientation. Internships and externships may have additional requirements.
  1. Is there an on-campus clinic? Where are classes held?
    Yes. Classes and on-campus clinical practica are in Folsom Hall, which is located at 7667 Folsom Blvd.
    For more information and direction, please see the Maryjane Res Center-Audiology Clinic webpage.
  1. What do students wear in the clinic?
    For on-campus clinic, students are required to wear black scrubs that have an embroidered CSUS Au.D. Program mark. For off-campus clinic, most sites request that students wear their CSUS scrubs or business casual attire.

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Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Chapter

Visit our SAA chapter website:

Sacramento State SAA Chapter logo

“SAA student officers representing the organization at an ASI event.”

SAA student officers representing the organization at an ASI event.

SAA officers and members volunteering at the CCHAT Center

SAA officers and members volunteering at the CCHAT Center

 2022-2023 ASI Kick-off Event

2022-2023 ASI Kick-off event


Thank you for your interest in the Au.D. program at Sacramento State! If you would like to learn more about our program, please complete our online form to request more information.

If you would like to speak with the Program Director directly by phone, Zoom, or email, please contact Dr. Laura Gaeta at or 916-278-4701.