Undergraduate program

Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology/audiology. The curriculum fulfills preprofessional requirements for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in these disciplines.

Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language and voice. Anatomy and physiology courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan. Methods of prevention and treatment are also addressed in the curriculum.

A three-course American Sign Language option is available. Students also observe and may assist professionals in The Children's Center, The DuBard School and The Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Undergraduate advising

Undergraduate Speech and Hearing majors are advised in Student Services, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Room 220 Asbury Hall (601-266-5454).

Graduate program

Did you know? Southern Miss offers the only Doctor of Audiology in the state of Mississippi.

The Au.D. degree is an eleven semester, four year program of studies. Students accepted on regular admission status enroll for 12 credit hours in each of their first 8 semesters, then 9 credit hours in each of the remaining 3 semesters. Lectures and seminars are completed in the first three years of the program and address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, counseling, electrophysiology, hearing aids, hearing conservation, pharmacology and psycho-social aspects.

The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques. Students must pass a Qualifying exam in the spring semester of the second year of the program, and a comprehensive exam in the spring semester of the third year. There is no thesis requirement.

First year students complete on-campus practica in The Children's Center, The DuBard School or The Speech and Hearing Clinic. Second year students transition to local audiology practices in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area, while third year students are placed at sites in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast. The fourth year externship is an intensive, 9 month experience with individual placements arranged by the off-campus coordinator.

Graduate program- advanced standing

  • Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply to the Advanced Standing Au.D. program:

    • hold a masters degree in audiology from an accredited program;
    • hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for a minimum of five contiguous years up to and including the time of application;
    • have a minimum of 5 years of work experience as an ASHA certified audiologist; and
    • are employed as an ASHA certified audiologist at the time of application.

    Applicants to the Advanced Standing program are accepted on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students complete a 33 hour core and 21 hours of electives in order to fulfill degree requirements (54 hours total). Students must maintain ASHA certification while enrolled in the program. Electives are customized to the needs of individual students based on a qualifying exam, transcripts and professional work experience; approval by the student’s advisory committee is required. Electives taken outside of the recommended curriculum must be approved by the student’s adviser.

    The following 33 hour list of courses constitute the Advanced Standing program’s core: REF 602, REF/SHS 601, SHS 622I, SHS 703, SHS 708, SHS 733, SHS 735, SHS 736, SHS 743 and SHS 791 (6 hrs). Students choose 21 hours of electives from the following list: SHS 528, SHS 621, SHS 623, CHS 625, SHS 625, SHS 701, SHS 706, SHS 710, SHS 718, SHS 721, SHS 722, SHS 723, SHS 724, SHS 726, or SHS 740.

Priority application deadline: February 1

Audiology graduate students are admitted full-time in fall semesters. The entire application process is online (click the APPLY link at the top of this page). Applicants should submit either unofficial transcripts* (which applicants can upload themselves) or official transcripts*, GRE scores and 3 letters of recommendation. The online application includes assistantship requests. International applicants should apply to the Center for International Education.

Additionally, applicants are required to create up to four 26-second videos using Zeemee. Applicants create an account at, then download the app to their smartphone to record their videos. Videos should cover the following topics:

  • an introduction that includes the applicant’s name, undergraduate school, major and a fun fact (required);
  • how the applicant became interested in audiology (required)
  • how the applicant became interested in Southern Miss (required)
  • additional information the applicant would like to share (optional)

Once a ZeeMee profile and videos are created, applicants copy and paste their ZeeMee link to the Southern Miss online application form in the allotted space. Contact or for technical support as needed. Videos of qualified applicants are reviewed by all members of the Audiology Admissions Committee.

All application materials should be on file well in advance of the February 1st priority deadline.

(*Official final transcripts are required be on file in The Graduate School prior to the beginning of students' second semester of study.)


A mandatory two day orientation is held for new graduate students each fall. Students meet school and program directors. Topics of discussion include: academic honesty, clinical policies, code of ethics, complaint/conflict resolution, policies and procedures, HIPAA, KASA, off-campus assignments, scope of practice and standard (universal) precautions.


Students must pass a standardized examination in Audiology (the PRAXIS II) in order to qualify for national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Any number of states also require the PRAXIS for professional licensure. Students who wish to take the national examination in Audiology are encouraged to do so during the fourth year externship.

ASHA Certification Standards in Audiology

Graduate adviser: Lee Terrio

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