Learn more about NAU’s IH PhD program
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Answers to frequently asked questions
What is the application deadline? Accordion Closed
January 15 of each year, with rolling admissions thereafter until the program is filled.
When do classes start? Accordion Closed
Fall semester (August) of each year
Is this an online or in person program? Accordion Closed
Although there may be some online course offerings for some of the courses, the core courses are offered in person only.
Do I need a master’s degree to be eligible for this program? Accordion Closed
No, at minimum, a Bachelors degree is required.
Do I need a specific degree to be eligible? Accordion Closed
No, as befitting an Interdisciplinary Health degree, we accept students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
How do you evaluate applicants? What do you look for in applicants? Accordion Closed
Applicants are evaluated based on their GPA; GRE; potential to become a successful independent researcher (as demonstrated by the research statement and letters of recommendation); general fit for the program based on career goals and interests; and fit with NAU faculty for appropriate mentoring.
Can I count previous courses taken from other institutions towards my degree? Accordion Closed
Up to 18 credits may be transferred from another graduate degree. However, petitions for transfer credits must go through several levels of approval and stipulations apply. The university policy on time to complete the PhD has additional information.
Are there assistantship opportunities or other opportunities for funding? Accordion Closed
Funding is often available in the forms of graduate assistantships and tuition waivers. The graduate assistantships may be with specific faculty or “at large” positions that can be found at the bottom of the Graduate Assistantships page.
How long does this degree take to complete? Accordion Closed
A PhD typically takes between 4- 8 years of full-time study, but there is considerable variability.