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PhD/AuD option

The Graduate School and the School of Communication at Northwestern offer a dual PhD-AuD program which provides strong training in scientific research in human communication and its disorders along with the knowledge and skills necessary for clinical practice in Audiology. This program is designed to provide continuous integrated training in basic research and audiology practice in order to foster scientist-clinicians who can readily recognize synergies between the scientific and clinical worlds and contribute to both.

The program’s curriculum allows students to complete both degrees more efficiently than they would through consecutive degree programs. Students can complete the entire program (including PhD dissertation and AuD clinical externship year) in as few as seven years.

Students will receive both the PhD and AuD degrees simultaneously after all of the requirements for both degrees are complete.

Considering Applying?

Individuals who are considering the PhD/AuD program this year should contact the department before submitting an application.

An important note:  While we are accepting applications for the CSD PhD Program for Fall 2022, we are not accepting applications for the PhD/AuD Program for 2022.

Program Requirements

  • Didactic courses (PhD) – approximately 7 courses
  • Research experiences (PhD) – laboratory rotations, qualifying research project, dissertation, and yearly reviews and presentations, as required for all PhD students
  • Didactic courses (AuD) – approximately 20 courses
  • Clinical courses and experiences (AuD) – 6 clinical practica and clinical placement, as well as written and practical exams