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.


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 603 Financial Accounting for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGB 610 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
    • MGB 611 Team Skills (1 credit)
    • MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGO 658 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
    • MGG 635 Management Communications (1.5 credits)
    • MGM 615  Marketing for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers (2 credits)*
    • MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers (1 credit)*

      *Fulfills Au.D. statistics requirement
  • Spring Semester
    • MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making (2 credits)
    • MGE 604 Business Economics (2 credits)
    • MGO 620 Operations Management (2 credits)
    • MGO 640 Business Strategy (2 credits)
    • MGS 605 It Management (2 credits)
    • 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
    • CDS 530 Grand Rounds
    • CDS 612 Cochlear Implants
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions (1 credit)
    • MGO 644 Business Practice (1 credit)
    • 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


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