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.
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.
|Course Content||Minimum Credits1|
|Phonetics2||evidence of competency|
|Cognitive Psychology or Psycholinguistics||3|
|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.|
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.
|Course Content||Minimum Credits1|
|Introduction to Physics (energy and waves)||3|
|Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|1 A 3-credit course is equivalent to a one term course that meets 3 hours per week.|
|2 Must include Research Design.|
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.
Persons interested in applying to the School's M.Sc. program should visit the School (www.audiospeech.ubc.ca). 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:
The following materials should be sent directly to the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences:
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.
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.