How to Apply

The deadline for application is February 15. Late applications may not be reviewed after this date. Early application is strongly recommended.

The application process for the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a two-step process. Both the UAMS College of Health Professions online application and the application for CSDCAS must be completed and verified by February 15. Applications not completed by this date or incomplete applications may not be reviewed or considered in the application process.

Applicants should begin the process the previous October. Applicants who wait until January to begin the process often do not meet the February 15 deadline.

  1. By February 15, complete the online application located here. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $40.00.
  1. By January 15, complete a centralized online application for the Doctor of Audiology program. Applications in CSDCAS must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, and transcripts received). This allows time for applications to be verified by CSDCAS prior to program review.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)

To access this system log on at: Create your application in this portal, pay your application fee, and monitor your application status. You will need to upload and submit a number of documents via CSDCAS:

  1. Submit an official transcript from each college from which you received course credit even if past course work appears on a later transcript. Download the CSDCAS transcript request form and send that to each school’s registrar. Send all transcripts for the program application to the following address: CSDCAS P.O. Box 9113 Watertown, MA 02471 Note: If you are admitted to the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program you will also need to provide official transcripts from all colleges you have attended to the UAMS College of Health Professions before you can enroll.
  1. GRE Score(s). The Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) is required. The GRE must be completed within the last 5 years at the time of application and include verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. A combination of scores from separate exam dates may not be utilized. To submit your GRE score, provide ETS with the Institution Code: 7504
  1. Three Letters of Recommendation: Request letters of recommendation from previous faculty members familiar with your academic performance. Two of the three should be from faculty members familiar with your course work in the major. Letters of recommendation should be completed within the CSDCAS system.
  1. Application Letter. Submit a letter (business format, 12 pt font, and less than 2 pages) to the Audiology Admissions Committee via CSDCAS that includes: a. An explanation of your interest in audiology. b. Your long-term and short-term goals. c. Other information you deem relevant to the committee’s decision making process.
  1. TOEFL scores as applicable: See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of this catalog
  1. Graduate Assistantship Application: A limited number of graduate assistant positions are available in the department and with our clinical partners. Decisions about graduate assistantship awards are not made until after an admissions offer is accepted. The graduate assistantship application is posted on the program website. To apply for a graduate assistantship, the application and the required written essay must be submitted to:
    Audiology Admissions Committee
    Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
    2801 S. University Ave., Suite 600 UP
    Little Rock, AR 72204.

Before starting the Central Program Application process please carefully read all Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and instructions to better understand how the process works and what to expect. If you are reapplying, please review these again as this information has been updated.

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Phone: 617- 612- 2030; Email:

Although this is a joint program between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), DO NOT send any application materials to the UALR Graduate School.

Admitted students whose undergraduate degrees are not in Communication Sciences and Disorders may be required to complete some additional coursework prior to and during enrollment in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program. Please see the “Prerequisites” section to follow.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Written and oral communication


Undergraduate course work in mathematics (college algebra or higher) and in biological, physical, and behavioral sciences is required. A course in statistics is required. Although there are no prerequisite courses in audiology or speech pathology, the program does require that all students have one course in phonetics and one in language acquisition. If these courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed during the first year of study for the program.

Technical Standards

Please visit the Technical Standards page to see the technical standards.

State Authorization of Distance Education and Clinical Placement Policy

*If an applicant is basing his or her eligibility on credits from a foreign university, the official transcript or copy must first be evaluated by the Education Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI, 53203-3470.  An official copy of the evaluation from the Education Credential Service must be submitted with the application.  A fee list and application forms for this service may be obtained from the above agency. Transcript evaluations from other agencies will not be accepted.

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.