The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences offers an M.Sc. in two disciplines: (1) audiology and (2) speech-language pathology. Programs for each of these disciplines are designed to span 24-36 consecutive months. Prerequisite courses listed above are considered to be an integral part of the School's curriculum. Students who have not completed these foundation courses at the time of admission will be required to do so, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, prior to receiving the M.Sc. degree. Please refer to the programs of study (www.audiospeech.ubc.ca) for both Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Each student's program of study is approved by the graduate advisor commensurate with the specific disciplinary program and the student's background. For the two disciplines, the programs typically exceed the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum of 30 credits. For Audiology, 45–50 credits of coursework are typically required; students must also complete either a thesis (AUDI 549) or a comprehensive examination. For Speech-Language Pathology, 50–55 credits of coursework are typically required. In addition, completion of the Master of Science degree for each discipline requires: (1) fulfillment of the prerequisite requirements, and (2) completion of at least three clinical internship courses at 68% (B-) or higher.
The School encourages students to take electives outside their discipline, either within the School or in other departments at the University as their schedule permits. Suitable electives may be offered, for example, by the College of Health Disciplines, Educational Psychology/ Special Education/Counseling Psychology, Nursing, Neuroscience, and Psychology.
In their practicum experiences, students provide supervised clinical service to persons with communication disorders. Professional ethics mandate that the School assign students to clinical work only if their level of knowledge, clinical skill, and language competencies are assessed to be satisfactory for clinical work with client/patients. For this reason, student performance is evaluated by the faculty members as a whole prior to the initial externship. To qualify for clinical externship placement, a student must:
The School is very aware of the need to prepare audiologists and speech-language pathologists who can provide service to a linguistic and culturally diverse population. To this end, we will help non-native speakers of English to find assistance in meeting the third criterion. This may, however, lead to delays in completing the clinical externship requirements and in obtaining the Master of Science degree. Prospective students who wish further advice on this matter should arrange for an interview.
As noted above, to complete the Master of Science degree, all students are required to achieve 68% (B-) or higher in at least three clinical externship courses. Students who initially fail to meet this requirement may apply to retake one or more of these courses. The decision on this application will be made by the School's faculty based upon such criteria as the likelihood of improved performance and the availability of an appropriate practicum site. Finally, students will have some clinical externships in the greater Vancouver area and at least two externship placements will be out-of-town (e.g. elsewhere in the province or out of British Columbia). These out-of-town placements will require temporary relocation outside the Vancouver area and will entail some additional expenses.