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Approximately 43% of applicants are admitted each year. Average class size is 18 students.

The application opens in early August.

A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. The average GPA for admitted students is 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

The GRE is not required for application for AuD Program. GRE scores are not seen by admission committee members and are not used in the review of any applicants.

Northwestern University, Doctor of Audiology Program’s institution code is 2550. Do not use a department code.

Letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess a candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate studies and the applicant’s responses to the application essay questions are considered in admissions decisions.

Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed prior to application to the program but must be completed prior to beginning the program.  For more information see the prerequisites page.

No, this is a full-time, four-quarter per year program.

No, the curriculum is sequential in nature with information in one quarter forming the basis for instruction and clinical practice in subsequent quarters.

No, the AuD program is designed to meet the needs of post-baccalaureate students.

You should be able to complete the AuD program in three years, if you have an undergraduate background in speech and hearing science.

You will enroll in 3-4 courses per quarter, four quarters per year during the first two years of the AuD program, followed by a full-time, externship during the third year of the program.

No. All courses (with the exception of some practicum placements and the externship) are offered on campus.

No, you will complete a three-quarter series of courses culminating in a Capstone Project. Capstone Projects are conducted under the direction of a faculty member and focus on clinical populations and issues.

The PhD prepares individuals to become independent investigators who are typically employed in academic and industrial settings. The AuD prepares individuals to become independent clinicians and supervisors of clinical practice who may be employed in clinic, hospital, and university settings and in private practice.

Students are exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences. In addition to the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) in Evanston, we currently have off-campus affiliations with schools, private practices, hospitals, physician groups, and rehabilitation facilities throughout the Chicago area. Clinical experiences include hearing evaluation, hearing aid selection and fitting, cochlear implants, electrophysiologic assessment, vestibular assessment, and hearing loss management (aural rehabilitation).

AuD courses are taught by faculty in clinical audiology and hearing science, psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers, otologists, educators, private practitioners, audiologists working in the hearing aid industry, audiologists working in the cochlear implant industry, and staff audiologists.

Undergraduate observation and/or practicum hours can not be counted towards certification requirements.

A minimum number of hours may be transferred, as determined during development of your plan of study.

Job prospects are excellent in the coming years. See the ASHA website and the AAA website for relevant information. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor identify audiology as a profession on the “fast track for growth.”

Current tuition information, listed as cost per quarter, is available via Student Finance. There are four quarters per year. Tuition goes down to one third of the current tuition during the third year when students are on their externships.

For more information, contact Ms. Celeste Lee at 847-491-4541 or

The Northwestern University Doctor of Audiology degree program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation.