Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing to apply to the Au.D. program?
No, the program is designed to take in students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. Students entering with coursework in normal language acquisition and language disorders will be provided this material during the program.
How many applicants do you usually have and how many do you usually accept?
The number of applications has varied between 90 and 120 per year. The most recent figure was 112 applications for the Fall of 2016. We try to accept enough students to form a class of 15. This has meant accepting approximately 25 students.
What is a good GRE score? Should I retake it if my score is ####?
While this is a fairly common question, it is a tough one to answer. The answer (and your decision to retake the GRE or not) is an individual one. The admissions committee takes into consideration only the highest scores from a particular test date, so taking the test over and getting a lower overall score cannot actually hurt you.
The Graduate School has not established a minimum standard for the combined GRE score for applicants. An applicant’s GRE score is only one measure used in the context of a holistic credential review process by the admissions committee. All applications are reviewed by each member of the admissions committee, and all are considered for admission.
Average GRE scores for students admitted to the program:
- Verbal reasoning: 151-157
- Quantitative reasoning: 150-153
- Analytical writing: 4.00-4.50
How many letters of recommendation are required?
We require 3 letters of recommendation. These should be from people who: a) can speak to either your academic potential or your clinical potential (or both), and b) who knows you well enough to be specific. Vaguely laudatory letters are less effective than those that might be less glowing but are more detailed. In choosing among possible writers who know you well, try to get the first two letters from within the major (either from instructors or individuals with whom you have volunteered or worked). For the third letter, look outside the major to either other instructors or work supervisors, etc. The key question isn’t their status, but their collective ability to convey to the committee a sense of your promise for academic and clinical success at the graduate level.
How many official transcripts are required?
Two: The admissions office at the registrar requires one official copy. The department also requires one, but it may be an unofficial copy.
What is the deadline for applications this year?
January 15, 2016 is the deadline for receipt of all application materials for Fall 2016 admissions consideration.
Do you offer a dual degree (Au.D./Ph.D.) option? What is the curriculum for an Au.D./Ph.D. dual degree program?
Yes, we do offer the combined Au.D./Ph.D. The program normally entails following the first two years of the Au.D. curriculum, followed by a more individualized curriculum set by the Ph.D. mentor and student with the advisement of the Ph.D. supervisory committee. We have historically had students actually beginning the Au.D. program and then apply for admission as a dual degree student during their second year. To date, we have had more students complete the Au.D. degree ahead of the Ph.D., but have evolved a program in which both degrees are awarded simultaneously (this design opens up more funding programs for these students).
The Ph.D. at UF is a strongly interdisciplinary and highly individualized program designed to prepare the graduate for a career pursuing a unique line of funded research. The success of the program is strongly dependent on the student-mentor relationship and so admission to the Ph.D. portion of the combined degree program will hinge on identifying the appropriate mentor.
What is the average GPA of accepted students? Is there a minimum GPA that you will consider?
The University of Florida’s Graduate School requires that we use the upper division (junior and senior year) grade point average rather than the overall GPA. Our typical UD (upper division) GPA from the past 3 years ranges from 3.42 (25th %ile) to 3.93 (75th %ile). If the UD GPA is below 3.0, we are required to petition the graduate school for conditional admission before we can accept that student.
What kinds of scholarships and assistantships are available to Au.D. students at UF?
The most common form of support offered to students in our program is a graduate teaching assistantship. This is typically a 1/4-time (10 hours per week), 9-month position. The assistantship carries a small stipend and a tuition waiver for 9 credit hours each Fall and Spring. There are some 1/4 time, 12-month assistantships available also. These carry an additional tuition waiver for the Summer. Some research assistantships are also awarded to our Au.D. students.