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How to Apply

Application Deadline

All application materials must be received by February 1 to ensure consideration for the next fall semester admission. Applications which are completed after the deadline will only be considered if there is space in the program. Admissions decisions are generally made by late February through March although early admission may be granted for outstanding candidates. Notification of admission is sent to the address indicated on the Graduate Application form.

Application Procedures

All applicants must apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The separate application procedures for each are outlined below.

Materials for the Graduate School (to be sent directly to the Graduate School)

  • Application Form 
    Complete the Graduate Application form. This may be done online or printed and mailed to the Graduate School. Additional information about applying to the University.
  • Application Fee
    The application fee is to be sent directly to the Graduate School along with the completed application form or submitted during the online application process. Applications cannot be considered without payment of the application fee.
  • Transcripts
    Request that official transcripts of all college/university course work, including any graduate work, be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution. Original transcripts must be provided from all institutions attended even if transfer courses from other universities are listed on other transcripts.
  • GRE Scores     
    Request that GRE scores be sent directly to the Graduate School.

Materials for the AuD Admissions Committee

To be sent all in one mailing to:

AuD Admissions Committee
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
2000 W. University
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

  • Statement of Purpose
    In the statement of purpose, each applicant is asked to provide additional information to the AuD Admissions Committee about audiology as his or her career choice, long-term career objectives, and educational and experiential preparation for an AuD program. The statement must be typed and should be no more than two single-spaced pages.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    Complete the Supplemental Information (PDF) form. This form may be handwritten.
  • Documentation of Clinical Observation/Practicum Hours
    Many students from communication disorders programs will have acquired observation or practicum hours. Although these are not required, students who have acquired such hours should provide official documentation of these experiences. Documentation of these experiences must be signed by the person responsible for certifying clinical hours. If additional observation or practicum hours are obtained before starting at Ball State, admitted students will also need to submit updated documentation that includes these hours. Requirements for these hours are listed here.
  • Recommendations
    Each application must be accompanied by three recommendations from people who know the applicant. Recommendations can be in the form of letters or by using the recommendation form (PDF). Each person should be familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical work and be able to comment on the potential for success in a doctoral program. At least one reference must be familiar with the applicant's academic work and, if applicable, at least one should be familiar with the clinical work.
    All three recommendations must be included with the application materials sent to the AuD Admissions Committee. If the person writing the recommendation prefers that it not be read by the applicant, then it may be provided to the applicant in a in a sealed envelope signed across the flap.

On-campus Interview and Campus Visit

The on-campus interview is critical to the application process. The interview gives the AuD Admissions Committee the opportunity to further assess each applicant's potential for success in the AuD program. It also provides each applicant with the opportunity to verify that our program is compatible with his or her career objectives and personal preferences. Additional information about the on-campus interview will be provided after all application materials have been received.

Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to schedule a visit to the Ball State University AuD Program. Applicants can also be put in contact with current AuD students or Program alumni for additional perspectives on the AuD Program. Please contact the AuD Program Director, Dr. Lauren Shaffer, to arrange either of these or with questions.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Arts and Communications Building, Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8161
Fax: 765-285-5623