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Photo: Anne Rayner – Graduation 2022


Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences Graduate Studies Office!

The Vanderbilt University Graduate Program in Hearing and Speech Sciences was established in 1951. It is currently the largest non-M.D. program in the School of Medicine and one of the largest programs at Vanderbilt University.

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers academic coursework and clinical practicum leading to degrees and certification/licensure in three areas of clinical practice:

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.-SLP),
  • Master in Education of the Deaf (MDE)
  • Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

In addition, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered in audiology, speech-language pathology, and hearing or speech science through the Vanderbilt University Graduate School.

The Doctor of Audiology program and the Master of Science in Speech-Pathology program are ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report.

The Master of Education of the Deaf (MDE) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) at Vanderbilt University is 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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The students in our clinical programs complete a range of practicum experiences in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (VBWC) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), one of the finest health care facilities in the nation. VBWC houses outpatient service delivery programs for audiology, deaf education speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and otolaryngology. The VBWC speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide service across the medical center, including the Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The VBWC, housed in Medical Center East on the VUMC campus, contains educational and research space specifically designed to accommodate the degree programs offered at Vanderbilt University with more than 20,000 square feet dedicated to graduate studies in communication sciences and disorders. MDE students have access to the Vanderbilt Mama Lere Hearing School in the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication as well as schools in the surrounding counties.

With more than 70,000 patient visits per year, 11 audiology and speech-language pathology clinics, and on-site pre-schools for children with hearing loss and children with autism, graduate students have access to all aspects of clinical experience (identification, assessment, and management) provided to patients across the life span.

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