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Gain the scientific and clinical skills needed for the practice of audiology in an environment that values teaching and clinical excellence and mentorship.

Ideal For All Career Stages

Whether you are just finishing up your bachelor's degree or you are a seasoned clinical professional, earning your doctorate in audiology offers cutting-edge clinical experiences through the USD Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Gain the knowledge and skills in comprehensive behavioral and physiologic diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic services. Learn to care for individuals aged infant through elderly in areas of audiology electrophysiology, central auditory processing disorders, cochlear implant services, fetal alcohol syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and occupational hearing services.

Degrees & Offerings

Audiology (Au.D.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) residential graduate program is a four-year post-baccalaureate program consisting of three years of didactic coursework and on- and off-campus clinical rotations and a fourth year, full-time, external clinical placement. Students are also required to complete a research experience during their third year of study. The program is typically completed in 11 semesters for full-time students; part-time completion is possible and will be planned on a case-by-case basis.

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Graduate Admissions

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This graduate program utilizes a specialized CAS online application to complete the admissions process. To learn more about this program's unique application process, requirements and program deadlines, visit Specialty Graduate Program Applications.

Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. 


At USD, you'll find a high-quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.

Student Opportunities

As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

We annually offer several graduate assistantships to students pursuing a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D).

Graduate traineeships are also offered to graduate students in speech language pathology and audiology through the Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. Audiology and speech language pathology students are selected as trainees for this program. Each trainee receives a stipend and tuition reduction for their participation. The program lasts one academic year. Students take part in classroom, clinical and research experiences focusing on interdisciplinary services for children with developmental disabilities and their families. 

Scottish Rite Scholarships and other scholarships are available to upper level graduate students and are awarded in the spring based on selection of the faculty.

At USD, our graduate students are actively pursuing unique research and presenting at local and national conferences exploring innovative areas of interest to them. Additional research and grant opportunities include:

Research and Creative Scholarship Grants

Each semester students may apply for grants through the USD Graduate School, faculty and students pursue research in virtually all academic departments on campus.


IdeaFest is an annual event celebrating student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. IdeaFest showcases academic achievement and promotes the expansion of student, faculty and community member understanding of the scholarly work that occurs at USD.

USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. You may be interested in opportunities to make friends, develop new skills and explore your interests.

National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) offers an opportunity to get to know faculty and other students by sponsoring social and educational events throughout the year. As a member you can take advantage of referral services, access to professional literature, networking opportunities with other professionals through sponsored activities and programs.

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Student Academy of Audiology

The USD Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the state-level chapter of the national student division of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. The primary goal of the SAA is to provide students with opportunities for information, resources, leadership, mentorship, and student-to-student networking as they progress through their educational programs and transition to professional status.

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Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Join your fellow graduate and professional students at USD. We aim to build a sense of community between graduate and professional students. Build your resume, network with others and gain experience and the unique opportunity to represent the interests of graduate students to the greater campus and community.

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departments & facilities

Our faculty are members of the Center for Brain and Behavior Research, promoting innovative basic to translational research that addresses problems in neurology, neuropsychology and psychiatry.
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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Gain knowledge of communication disorders and their treatment and take part in world-class clinical experiences, outreach activities and research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors and support staff in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.
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Lindsey Jorgensen

Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders/Associate Professor
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Jessica Messersmith

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences/Professor
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Kyle Brouwer

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Stacie Carlson

Director Sioux Falls SLP Clinic/Instructor
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Coral Dirks

Assistant Professor
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Jason Fornwald

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Shelly Grinde

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Elizabeth Hanson

Associate Professor
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Kate Nightman

Assistant Professor
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Jennifer Phelan

Coordinator, Audiology Clinic/Assistant Professor of Practice
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Mandy Williams

Associate Professor
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Opportunities to Make a Difference

From the philanthropy efforts provided by a variety of USD clinics to the annual Speech Camp hosted by USD, there are ample opportunities for you to become involved and provide individualized services under the guidance and supervision of state-licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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USD Clinics

USD has clinics in Vermillion and Sioux Falls that give you the ability to observe clinic activities across the entire breadth and depth of speech, language and hearing services from birth to elderly. Our clinics include the USD Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic and the Sioux Falls Scottish Rite Children’s clinic for Speech & Language Disorders. Our clinics offer students the opportunity to observe evaluation, treatment and consultation services for children and adults with speech, language, hearing and related communication needs.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit

Alum success story

Success story Nicklaus Arra smiling in a cap and gown at USD.
Being a Pennsylvania native, I get the "WHY SOUTH DAKOTA?" question all the time. USD went above and beyond to coordinate my in-person visit, they relieved any doubts about moving halfway across the county and connected me with current grad students to answer my questions. The program is top-notch with an affordable cost, it is a hidden gem led by renowned audiologists who teach, conduct research and supervise clinic in their expertise.

Nicklaus Arra, Au.D., CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Pediatric Audiologist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


The Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) residential educational programs at the University of South Dakota are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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