Employment in Audiology is expected to grow by 13% from 2019-2029.

Pacific's doctor of audiology (AuD) program is the only three-year accelerated program in California. Students with a bachelor's degree in any major and an interest in the profession of audiology are encouraged to apply. While in the program, students will gain rich and diverse clinical experiences through the onsite audiology clinic, nearby medical and audiology centers as well as the audiology clinic in Stockton. This program is offered at Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa district of San Francisco.


The mission of the Audiology department is to prepare reflective audiologists for lifelong success by providing an excellent student-centered, experiential learning environment. Our students are mentored in developing professionalism, leadership, critical thinking skills, and a strong commitment to their profession and society. These efforts are assisted by the department's commitment to professional growth through clinical practice, scholarly activity, and service to the profession and the community. The programs are developed in accordance with state and national accreditation standards and guidelines to ensure that graduates provide exemplary professional practice throughout their careers.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, "Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so an aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists." The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also will spur employment growth. Advances in hearing aid design, such as the reduction of feedback and a smaller size, may make the devices more appealing as a means to minimize hearing loss, leading to more demand for the audiologists who provide hearing aids.

Program Highlights

  • Pacific's Doctor of Audiology program is the first in Northern California.
  • It is one of four accelerated programs in the country, and the only one in California.
  • A strong and cohesive group of full-time faculty with areas of expertise covering a wide variety of the topics within the scope of practice of audiology.

Graduate Program

Graduates of the Doctor of Audiology program will demonstrate:

  • Humanistic Leadership: Conceptualizes how to advance the community's hearing health, and integrates diverse perspectives on how to build access to hearing healthcare.
  • Evidence-based Practice: Critically evaluate the quality of evidence from research and practice-based sources and uses these to educate about prevention, provide screening, and appropriate clinical treatment, including advanced diagnostic procedures.
  • Integrative Clinical Practice: Think critically and problem solve in the process of analyzing complex and diverse concepts, that require application of professional judgment.
    • Independently makes appropriate differential diagnoses that require the application of complex and diverse audiology concepts.
    • Collaborates with other practitioners to critically evaluate diagnoses in the course of developing and implementing treatment plans that are appropriate to the diagnosis and the client's situation and concerns.
  • Professional Communication: Communicates results of diagnostic assessments, and treatment options effectively, both orally and in writing, to patients and to other clinical providers.
  • Ethical Competence: Articulates the bases for the ethical standards in the audiology profession, explains how ethical principles can be applied to resolving ethical challenges in practice, and consistently adheres to ethical standards in the practice of audiology.
  • Interpersonal Interaction: Interacts effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and works through differences with civility.


Due to the competitive nature of this program, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to the priority deadline of Feb. 1, however, applications will continue to be accepted through the final deadline on March 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Qualified applicants who meet the February 1st priority deadline can expect to schedule virtual interviews between Feb. 15 and March 1. The first round of admissions decisions from the department will be offered by March 1.

The doctor of audiology program at University of the Pacific has been awarded candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a ten-year accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).

The doctor of audiology (AuD) program utilizes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).

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About the Program

Learn more about our mission, program highlights, student outcomes and the campus.

What degree is offered after completion of the program?

A doctor of audiology (AuD) degree.

How long is the program?

The program is a three-year, nine-semester accelerated program for full-time students.

Cost and Financial Aid

How much does it cost to attend Pacific's audiology program?

The annual estimated cost can be obtained by contacting the AuD program director. The tuition and fees schedule for programs located on the San Francisco campus can be found on the Student Accounts page.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Financial aid packages at Pacific are tailored to each individual's qualifications and program of study. Therefore, no specific information can be given regarding financial aid until a student has been admitted to a program and has accepted admission to a program. For answers to specific financial aid questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at or sf_finaid@pacific.edu or 415.749.3341.

Do you offer teaching assistantships or graduate assistantships?

At the present time the department does not offer teaching/graduate assistantships.

Applying to the Program

How many students do you accept?

The AuD program anticipates admitting 20-25 students each fall.

What is required to apply to the program?

Review the Admissions Process page for a list of the items required to apply.

Is it possible for me to come and see the campus and talk with an advisor?

Our department offers monthly information sessions to help answer prospective student questions and tour our department/clinic. Visit the Events page to view the available dates and sign up for an upcoming session. If you have individual questions, contact the department at pacificaud@pacific.edu.

Do you offer admission in the spring semester?

No. Due to the prescriptive nature of our program, we only admit students to begin the program in the fall.

Do I need to submit official transcripts to CSDCAS and Pacific when I apply?

During the application process, you only need to submit official transcripts to CSDCAS. If you are admitted to Pacific, we will contact you to request official transcripts.

What prerequisite courses are necessary?

You must have a bachelor's degree before you can enter our graduate program. The following courses are prerequisites required to be completed before the application deadline (priority deadline: February 1, final deadline: March 1).

  • Biological Sciences: General Biology OR Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physical Sciences: Chemistry OR Physics (LAB not required)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences: Intro to Psychology OR Intro to Sociology OR Anthropology
  • Mathematics: Statistics OR Calculus OR Pre-Calculus
  • Learn more about our admission process and general requirements.

Is the audiology program accredited?

The doctor of audiology program at University of the Pacific has been awarded candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a ten-year accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). Learn more about the accreditation process.

CSDCAS Application

Where do I go to access the CSDCAS application?

The CSDCAS application can be accessed at csdcas.liaisoncas.com

What if my recommender DOES NOT want to fill out his/her letter of recommendation online?

CSDCAS requires that all letters of recommendation be completed online. If your recommender does not want to complete the recommendation online, unfortunately you will need to find another recommender. DO NOT use the recommendation forms that can be found on the University's webpage. The University recommendation forms WILL NOT be accepted by CSDCAS or the department.

What status does my CSDCAS application need to be in to meet your application deadline?

In order to meet our application deadline, your application needs to be marked as "VERIFIED" by the application deadline. The priority deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1. If you check on your application and you are at an "On Hold" or "Undelivered" status, please contact CSDCAS regarding the status of your application at 617.612.2030.


What is the minimum GPA required to apply to Pacific's AuD program?

The minimum GPA required to apply is a 3.0. It is anticipated that the average GPA of students admitted for the Fall will be 3.5 or above.

I have a graduate degree. When I calculate my overall GPA, should I include my graduate course grades?

Yes. Your overall GPA calculation will include post baccalaureate coursework.

I have taken courses on a semester system and on a quarter system. How do I convert from semester credits to quarter credits so that I might calculate my GPA?

A 3-semester unit course is the equivalent of a 4.5 quarter unit course.

  • To convert from quarter to semester units, multiply quarter units by .67
  • To convert from semester to quarter units, multiply semester units by 1.5


When should I take the GRE exam?

It is strongly suggested that all applicants take the GRE General Test by December 31 to ensure that their scores are received by CSDCAS by the priority deadline of February 1 or the final deadline of March 1. GRE scores can take 6-8 weeks to be received and verified by CSDCAS.

What is the code I need to use to have my GRE scores reported to CSDCAS?

University of the Pacific's ETS code is: 0773

What GRE score should I be aiming for?

It is expected that the average GRE scores of the students admitted for the Fall will be:

GRE-Verbal: 150+     GRE-Quantitative: 150+     GRE-Written: 4.0+

My GRE exam score is low so I am going to take it again. How do you assess multiple GRE exam scores?

We will use the highest GRE score for each subsection.

Are my GRE scores too old?

If you have taken the GRE within the past 5 years, your scores are still considered current. If you took the GRE more than 5 years ago, you will need to retake the exam and submit your new scores.

Admission Process

When will I find out if I was admitted?

Applicants will receive an admission decision from the department by the end of March.

If admitted to the program, when will I need to make my decision?

Student decisions (to accept or decline our offer) will be due by April 15.

What happens if I'm placed on the waiting list?

If you are placed on the waiting list, you will be asked to let our department know whether or not you want to remain on the waiting list by contacting pacificaud@pacific.edu. After April 15, the admissions committee will meet and rank those who remain on the waiting list. They will then begin notifying students on the waiting list, if spaces have become available.

If you have any additional questions regarding the application process or about other aspects of the graduate program in audiology at Pacific, please contact Rupa Balachandran, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Audiology, at rbalachandran@pacific.edu.

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We strongly encourage anyone interested in joining the program to attend an information session to learn more.

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The doctor of audiology program at University of the Pacific has received a five-year accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a ten-year accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). Learn more about the accreditation process.

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