AuD/MBA

The School of Management and the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences collaboratively offer a five-year program leading to both a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

These two leading programs combine to give future audiologists the best in audiology and business education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in private practice as well as combined clinical and administrative positions.

The collaborative program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a four-year audiology program and a two-year MBA program. Each candidate must meet the degree requirements of each program, except for the reduction in total credit hours as described in this document. Students will complete a total of 113 credit hours, which will consist of 65 in audiology and 48 in management, of which 21 of the MBA credit hours will be applied to the AuD degree as transfer credit.

Students wishing to pursue the dual program should apply to the MBA program prior to or during their first year of AuD study. Students are required to complete their first year of AuD study prior to enrolling in the MBA program. Applicants to the AuD/MBA program should review admissions requirements. Personal advisement is available at the Graduate Programs Office in 203 Alfiero Center, North Campus.

Students must have an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders and sciences and must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission. In audiology, students have fairly rigorous clinical requirements during four years, must pass a clinical gateway exam, preliminary examination, the ASHA exam and complete their research project.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE may be submitted for admission to the MBA program. The final domestic deadline is in May, prior to the fall semester in which the applicant intends to begin the MBA portion of the program.

Curriculum

Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

First Year

Fall Semester

 • CDS 528 Neural Bases of Communication
 • CDS 529 Aural Rehabilitation
 • CDS 532 Acoustics and Instrumentation
 • CDS 551 Diagnostic Audiology I
 • CDS 591 Clinical Practicum – Audiology I

Spring Semester

 • CDS 502 Research Methods
 • CDS 530 Grand Rounds
 • CDS 542 Advanced Hearing Science
 • CDS 552 Diagnostic Audiology II
 • CDS 556 Hearing Aids I
 • CDS 591 Clinical Practicum – Audiology I

Second Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 611LEC Fin Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students¿ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608 and MGQ 609 fulfills Au.D. statistics requirement.

Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630


 • MGT electives (6 credits)

Summer Semester

School of Management Practicum (3 credits)

Third Year

Fall Semester

 • CDS 526 Current Professional Issues
 • CDS 557 Hearing Aids II
 • CDS 616 Auditory Evoked Potentials
 • CDS 687 Industrial Audiology
 • CDS 592 Clinical Practicum – Audiology III

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


 • CDS 530 Grand Rounds
 • CDS 612 Cochlear Implants
 • CDS 667 Auditory Processing Disorders
 • CDS 600 Independent Study
 • CDS 592 Clinical Practicum – Audiology II

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

 • CDS 610 Vestibular Testing
 • CDS 611 Medical Audiology
 • CDS 600 Independent Study
 • MGX XXX MBA Electives (6 credits)
 • CDS 592 Clinical Practicum – Audiology II

Spring Semester

 • CDS XXX Electives (2)
 • CDS 613 Auditory Development and Pediatric Audiology
 • MGX XXX MBA Electives (6 credits)
 • CDS 592 Clinical Practicum – Audiology II

Fifth Year

Fall and Spring Semester

 • CDS 624 Full-time Clinical Externship Year in Audiology

GMAT

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the GRE. To receive information on the GMAT, visit the MBA website, for the GRE visit ETS.

Application and detailed AuD program information are available on AuD website.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Joan Sussman
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
122 Cary Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214 
Tel:  716-829-2797, ext. 631
Fax: 716-829-3979
jsussman@buffalo.edu

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