*NOTE: the number of prerequisite courses required and the details for each prerequisite have been updated February 2018*
Application to the MSc-SLP program requires the completion of a four-year undergraduate degree and the completion of 7 prerequisite courses, each worth 3 credits. These courses are selected to provide speech-language pathology applicants with the background needed to succeed in the MSc-SLP program. The following courses and associated knowledge/skills are prerequisites to the MSc-SLP program. If an applicant is in doubt about whether a specific course covers the requisite material, they should send the syllabus to the department for pre-approval.
7 Prerequisite Courses for Applying to the MSc-SLP Program
Statistics: Introduction to statistical methods. Content should include basic descriptive and inferential statistics, up to and including analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Child Development or Developmental Psychology. Note: Introductory courses in Psychology do not fulfil this requirement, even if the topic was covered as a part of the course. Courses named Child Psychology may or may not fulfil the requirement.
Cognitive Psychology: A course in cognition, learning, or human information processing.
Neuroanatomy or Neuropsychology. Structure and function of the human central and peripheral nervous systems including mechanisms of neural activity and signalling, principles of neocortical organization, functional aspects of sensory and motor systems, and higher cognitive functions.
Introductory Linguistics: A general survey course that covers the core areas of linguistics.
Articulatory Phonetics: Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and practice in phonetic transcription.
Child Language Development, Child Language Acquisition or First Language Acquisition. A course describing typical language development in children, from birth to school entry.
If your course is not listed on our prerequisite list, please email the course syllabus/outline to CSD Grad Advisor for evaluation/approval prior to applying to the program.
If you are a student in Alberta and your institution is not listed to the right, use the Alberta Transfer Guide to see if the course is transferable:
Alberta Transfer Guide Course Search (go to "Transfer from Institution" and input the necessary information).
If your course is transferable to the University of Alberta, email a course syllabus/outline to CSD Grad Advisor for approval of your course
* New Requirement for Students Accepted into the MSc-SLP Program
Indigenous Canadian History: Starting in Fall 2019, students admitted to the MSc-SLP program will be required to complete a course focused on Indigenous history in Canada. The recommended course is the Indigenous Canada MOOC for certificate due by August 1 of the admission year. If you have previously taken a Canadian Indigenous History Course that you believe meets our requirements please email a detailed course syllabus/outline to CSD Grad Advisor for review.