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The M.Sc. program is designed for students who wish to combine rigorous scholarship with challenging professional practice in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Admission is on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies' minimum requirements, i.e., a cumulative average of at least 76% over the last two years of a four-year undergraduate degree, or at least 12 credits with a minimum grade of 80% in courses at the 300-level or above. Additionally, the School requires applicants to have appropriate undergraduate preparation as defined below.

Most students seeking to specialize in Speech-Language Pathology find that degree programs in Linguistics or Psychology are the best route to achieving the necessary undergraduate preparation for the M.Sc. degree program.

For students seeking to specialize in Audiology, the routes for preparation are diverse and could include an undergraduate degree in, for example, engineering, psychology, biology, or physics.

The School does not, however, require that the applicant's undergraduate degree be earned in a specific discipline as long as the applicant has completed work in the prerequisite content areas listed below.

Prerequisite Courses

Academic study in the specific content areas listed below is considered to be essential preparation for specialization in either audiology or speech-language pathology in the Master of Science curriculum. Completion of the M.Sc. degree in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology will require in-depth knowledge in all of the prerequisite content areas listed for the chosen specialization. Completion of the listed prerequisites is one of the major criteria for admission. Students who have completed courses (or the equivalent) in all or most of the required areas (10 content areas for speech-language pathology; 6 areas for audiology) will be more likely to receive offers of admission, all other things being equal. (See the website for further details.)

It is not possible to fulfill prerequisite content requirements and concurrently enrol in the full graduate curriculum. Students who need to extend the M.Sc. program over a longer period of time because of family or health concerns should contact the Admissions Committee prior to applying in order to discuss possibilities.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY: Prerequisites for the Speech-Language Pathology Major

Course Content Minimum Credits1
Phonology 3
Syntax 3
Speech Science 3
Language Acquisition 3
Phonetics2 evidence of competency
Developmental Psychology 3
Cognitive Psychology or Psycholinguistics 3
Research Methods3 3
Neuroanatomy 3
Neurolinguistics 1.5
1 Courses are to be at the upper-level (300 or 400) when possible. Note that most upper-level courses have prerequisites at the 100- or 200-level. A 3-credit course is equivalent to a one term course which meets 3 hours per week.
2 Evidence of transcription competencies may consist of (a) completion of a phonetics course that explicitly includes transcription skills, or (b) notice from the applicant’s department that the student has passed a transcription examination.
3 Must include Research Design.

Additional Content Areas Recommended for Speech-Language Pathology Applicants

For students who plan to specialize in Speech-Language Pathology, further preparation could include: advanced courses in the areas listed above, or coursework in other areas of psychology or linguistics such as adulthood and aging, atypical development, cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, counselling, linguistic field methods, physiological psychology, morphology, speech science, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, and sociolinguistics.

AUDIOLOGY: Prerequisites for the Audiology Major

Course Content Minimum Credits1
Introduction to Physics (energy and waves) 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Sensation/Perception 3
Research Methods2 3
Introduction to Linguistics 3
Neuroanatomy 3
1 A 3-credit course is equivalent to a one term course that meets 3 hours per week.
2 Must include Research Design.

Additional Content Areas Recommended for Audiology Applicants

For students who plan to specialize in Audiology, further undergraduate preparation could include additional coursework in the social and life sciences, e.g., acoustic phonetics, adulthood and aging, biology, brain and behaviour, cognitive psychology, additional developmental psychology, additional sensory psychology, neurosciences, counselling, discourse, language acquisition, phonology, syntax, and statistics.

The Application Process

Persons interested in applying to the School's M.Sc. program should visit the School. Applicants should ensure that the application and all supporting materials are received by the School by the final deadline of February 1. (Applicants from schools outside of Canada or the USA are recommended to submit their applications by mid-January). The School reviews applications in February and March and normally makes offers of admission in March. However, applicants of exceptional merit may receive early offers of admission upon receipt of their application materials. Further questions should be directed to the Chair of the Admissions Committee in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.

The following application must be submitted in order for the Admissions Committee to consider an applicant:

  1. An online application, including a list of completed prerequisite courses.

The following materials should be sent directly to the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences:

  1. A written statement by the applicant of up to 500 words (typewritten, double-spaced) indicating the reason for wishing to study Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology, the aspects of the field which are of particular interest to the applicant and any other relevant facts. At the end of the statement, a list should be given with the names of at least two professionals (at least one Speech-Language Pathologist and one Audiologist) with whom the applicant has met to discuss their respective professions and/or whom she or he has observed in the course of their practice.
  2. Two official transcript(s) of all post-secondary institutions attended. If still attending university at the time of application, the applicant should send the most recent transcript available from that institution, as well as a list of the courses in which the applicant is currently enrolled, including course marks at the time of application to the program. An official and complete transcript should also be sent as soon as available, even if past the application deadline. If any transcript is not in English or French, an official translation must be provided.
  3. Three letters of reference, two of which must be academic references. Where possible, at least two of the letters should be written by professors who taught the applicant in the last two years of university work. These letters must be submitted directly to the School by the referees, either by post, or electronically. Note that the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will not accept electronically submitted reference letters that are sent via free email accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail.
  4. Proof of proficiency in the English language is required at the time of application if English is not the applicant's native language AND the applicant is not a graduate of a Canadian university. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English AND have graduated from a university outside of Canada must submit one of the following: TOEFL, including TSE, (minimum acceptable score for admission is 600 paper form;100 internet form; 250 computer form); IELTS (minimum acceptable score is 7).
  5. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must also provide a five to ten minute recording of their speech (cassette or CD). This speech sample can be on any topic, as long as it is neither read nor recited. A telephone interview may follow.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of these documents are received by the School. No application will be processed until all of the materials listed above have been received.

Students accepting an offer of admission to the Master of Science program in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, at the time of acceptance of admission, are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of CAD$200, to be applied to the student's first-term tuition.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Due to changes in the University's policies, the School has only limited funding for first-year graduate students. Whenever possible, students should apply for NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR scholarships in the October prior to their application to the School. The School will assist outstanding students to apply for support for their second year of study. Other students may qualify for Canada Student Loans, or other awards and financial assistance programs. The School is pleased to document admissions status for students who may be applying for financial assistance.

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