Communication Sciences and Disorders

Application Process

ATTENTION 2018 APPLICANTS: Refer to the Apply Grad Portal for information and communication relating to your application. DO NOT CHECK BEAR TRACKS. 

The online application process opens November 1st for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The admissions quota for Fall 2019 is 56 students.

After November 1, 2017, you can begin your application by logging in to the Apply Grad Admin Portal.

A non-refundable, mandatory $100 application fee is required BEFORE your application is officially submitted. The department cannot review your application until the application fee has been paid. 
All "in-progress" applications will be deleted after 21 days (can request an additional 7 days for a total of 28 days), or the deadline date of February 1 at 11:59pm, whichever comes first.
Applicant referees will be contacted via email after the application has been submitted (i.e. paid).

Payment is done during the online application process; do not send a $100 cheque to the Department. 

Please ensure that when completing the on-line application the following choices are made:
Department:  Communication Sciences and Disorders
Program:  Master of Science (Crse)
Specialization:  Speech-Language Pathology
Proposed Start:  Fall 20XX (year that you will be starting the program)

Online Application

There are 2 options, course-based & thesis, for the MScSLP program. Students interested in completing a thesis can choose to do so after acceptance into the program and once the program has started.

Students can apply online until 11:59pm February 1st.  After that time, on-line applications will not be accepted for the SLP MSc program. 

The only documents required to be uploaded during the online application process are your transcripts.  We strongly advise you not to wait until the last day to complete your online application. The application process can take at least a week (e.g. to obtain reference letters).

If you have any technical difficulties applying to the program please email grad.webadm@ualberta.ca or phone (780) 492-3499 or 1-800-7858-7136 (Canada & USA toll-free).

Please see the Application Checklist for documents that you are required to upload during the online application process.

Online Application Process

Please be aware that the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is now using a new online application system, Graduate Student Management System (GSMS), available to students applying for the Fall 2019 year.   

To complete your application for admission to the MSc SLP graduate program, please ensure that you have uploaded the following materials. Be sure to title your documents as your last name, first name, document description (e.g. Fraser_John_Resume.pdf) for each file. All file names should end with ".pdf". If you have any questions please contact Noriko Hessmann at noriko.hessmann@ualberta.ca.

  1. Transcript(s): Upload a scanned copy (no screen shots).
    • Official transcripts are required.
    • If you have courses in progress (Fall term) you should submit an updated transcript in January before the deadline, once you have received Fall term grades.  If you have already submitted your current transcript before your grades were available, upload new transcripts in January.  If an updated transcript is uploaded, it is the student's responsibility to let the department know so that grade calculations are accurate.
    • If you studied abroad, you will need to upload a copy of the original transcript, as well as a marksheet translated into English if necessary.
    • If you are completing courses outside of your degree, or prerequisite courses at a different institution than where you received your degree, please select "incomplete" as the degree status on the online application form. This will enable you to access your application and upload an updated transcript after you you have submitted your application.
    • Make sure to save your file as Last Name_First Name_Document type_Related Institution.pdf (if applicable).  All file names should end with ".pdf". For example: Fraser_John_Transcript_McGill.pdf, Fraser_John_DegreeCertificate_UBirmingham.pdf.
  2. English Language Proficiency - If applicable.
  3. Resume: Students are to provide a personal resume outlining relevant information to strengthen their application. Make sure to save your file as Last Name_First Name_Document type.pdf.  All file names should end with ".pdf".  For example: Fraser_John_Resume.pdf.
  4. Statement of Career Interests: 1-2 pages (preferably double-spaced) explaining why you want to be a Speech-Language Pathologist. Make sure to save your file as Last Name_First Name_Document type.pdf.  All file names should end with ".pdf".  For example: Fraser_John_CareerInterests.pdf.
  5. GRE: If you have taken the test at the time of completing the online application:
    • Upload GRE report - upload your student copy. Note that the GRE website will caution students not to use the student copy for transmission to institutions. Please disregard that message as you should have requested the official scores to be sent to our department.
    • Make sure to save your file as Last Name_First Name_Document type.pdf.  All file names should end with ".pdf".  For example: Fraser_John_GREresults.pdf.
    If you have not yet taken the GRE:
    • Take the General Test.
    • Please use School Code 0963. When selecting score recipients on the day of the test or sending sending additional score reports through the GRE website, test takers should type "speech%", and the computer will list all department codes that match alphabetically. Please select the department name "Health and Medical Sciences - Speech Language Pathology" (0620).
    • Although the ETS website says that it will take 10-15 business days for an institution to receive the scores, it is recommended that you take the test prior to December as it can take up to 6 weeks for our department to receive scores during the application season.
  6. Pre-requisite courses document: Upload the Preparatory Course List
    • If applicable, include correspondence indicating course approval, (i.e. by the Graduate Program Coordinator), as well as the course description and/or syllabus.
    • For courses that have not been pre-approved (listed on our website or approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator), include the syllabi.
    • Make sure to save your file as Last Name_First Name_Document type.pdf.  All file names should end with ".pdf".  For example: Fraser_John_PrepCourseList.pdf.
  7. Request Section (References): Please ensure that you enter the referee names and email addresses correctly.
    • Students are required to submit 3 letters of reference, at least 2 of which need to be academic.
    • There will be three boxes to check when filling out your referee information: 2 Academic, and 1 Work.  The "work" reference can be academic, work, or a volunteer reference.
    • Referees will be contacted via email once the application has been submitted and paid for.
    • The referee appraisal form can be found here and uploaded, or done on-line.
    • The work/other referee only needs to upload a letter.
  8. Re-Applications:  Students who are re-applying to the program will have to submit all new documents.  The changes in application details are listed here.

Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted and paid for before the department has access to any information.
  • Referees will be contacted via email once the application has been submitted and paid for.
  • It is not necessary to send copies of uploaded documents to the department.

Applicants must apply online, upload all required documents and make a payment of $100 by January 31, 2018 to be considered for Fall 2018 Admission. Check the Grad Application system regularly to keep track of material that has been received. It is your responsibility to follow up, if an acknowledgement is not received regarding a complete application.

  • Online Application
  • Application/Re-Application Checklist for MScSLP Program Fall 2019 *Optional - you are not required to upload that document to the online application*
  • Preparatory Course List 2019
  • Referee Appraisal Letter Fall 2019 (not required if your referee is filling out the form online)
  • GRE Information