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PhD/AuD Degree

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.

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