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Applicants are required to submit:

  • The online application (will be available in early fall 2022)
  • Three letters of reference. Applicants who have completed their masters degree within the past five years are strongly encouraged to have at least one letter of reference from a faculty member from their graduate program.
  • A Statement of Purpose, no more than 2000 characters in length, outlining your interest in the program and an initial plan for the culminating project.
  • Three short essays of no more than 2000 characters each describing (1) your current area of clinical practice and expertise, (2) your five- and ten-year employment goals and (3) what you view as the most pressing concerns or biggest challenges facing our field today and why.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. You may upload copies of your transcripts directly into the application system and do not need to have official copies sent to Northwestern at the time of application. Applicants who are admitted will be asked to request official transcripts from their universities prior to matriculation.
  • Confirmation of your certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and current licensure from the state in which you practice
  • Current CV or resume
  • $40 application fee
  • The GRE is not required for admission.


  • Early admission deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Final admission deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The SLPD Committee will begin reviewing completed applications in early December and then will review applications on a rolling basis. Semifinalists will be identified and then interviewed (via Zoom) by at least two members of the committee.