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Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Department of Hearing and 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 (MS-SLP),
  • Master in Education of the Deaf (MDE)
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

In addition, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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).

Our Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

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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, 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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Upcoming Events and Information

Registration to these events are often required, please inquire if you are interested.

TAASLP/ TAA  Nov. 7-8, 2019 — Chattanooga, TN (Students attending the conf. are excused from clinics)

ASHA  Nov. 21-23, 2019 — Orlando, FL (Students attending the conf. are excused from clinics)

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo  April 1-4, 2020 — New Orleans, LA

CAPCSD 2020  April 22-25, 2020 — New Orleans, LA

Christmas Village   Th-Sun, Nov 14-17 — Nashville, TN


CAPCSD 2021 April 7-10, 2021 — Atlanta, GA

AAA 2021  April 14-17, 2021 — Denver, CO

AAA 2022  March 30-April 2, 2022 — St. Louis, MO

CAPCSD 2022 April 20-23, 2022 — Portland, OR

CAPCSD 2023  April 12-15, 2023 — Orlando, FL

AAA 2023  April 19-22, 2023 — Seattle, WA

AAA 2024  April 17-20, 2024 — Atlanta, GA

Last updated on 07/08/2019