Attention Fall 2020 Applicants: An additional date for the CASPer test has been added on January 26, 2020 @ 13 00 ET

Each year, the University of Alberta hosts the OASIS Conference designed for health care graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members, addressing areas of interest in the field of speech-language pathology and rehabilitation medicine. This year's conference features talks from some amazing local clinicians, researchers and clients and will feature a session with information about the application process.

Entrance requirements for September 2020

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta has implemented two (2) new entrance requirements beginning with admissions in September 2019:

  1. All students admitted to the MSc-SLP program are required to complete a course focused on Indigenous History in Canada. This requirement may be fulfilled through the certificate version of the University of Alberta Indigenous Canada MOOC for a modest fee. Additional information is available here. For students who have not met the requirement at the time of acceptance, a condition of admission would be to complete the course by August 1 of their admission year. This is considered a program prerequisite.
  2. The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics. All applicants to the Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Alberta are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. Tests are now open for reservation; test dates and times can be found here (scroll down to "Canadian Professional Health Sciences"). To register for the test, you will need to enter your first and last name, and date of birth. It is also advised to use the same email address for both the CASPer registration and our online application. The deadline to take this test is January 2020. Additional information is available here.


Admissions is a FOUR STEP process to ensure documents arrive in the department on time.

Starting November 1, 2019, you can start your application for the Fall 2020 term by logging into 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"
(unpaid) 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, 2020 at 11:59pm, whichever comes first.
Applicant referees will be contacted via email once the application has been submitted (i.e. paid).

  • STEP ONE: Check the Application Checklist for documents that are required for the online application prior to the February 1st deadline. Ensure that all necessary forms are included in your application (forms can be found at the bottom of this page).
  • STEP TWO: Begin your on-line application after November 1st for the Master of Science (crse). Be sure that your name (first and last) is spelled correctly. An email is automatically generated from the UofA after submitting your application. This email is very important as it has a link to access the Application Portal. Through this portal students can remove and upload documents that are incomplete or missing up until February 1st, at 11:59pm. Do not refer to Bear Tracks.
  • STEP THREE: You will be required to provide email addresses of your referees for them to submit their letters of reference online. We do not accept hard copies of reference letters - they must be uploaded online.
  • STEP FOUR: Check the Apply Grad Admin Portal on a regular basis to make sure your documents are received in a timely manner. Do not wait until the deadline to check on transcripts/reference letters. Contact your sources at least the week before to make sure your materials have been sent.

A detailed list of how to fill out the online application can be found on the Application Process page.

The CSD Aboriginal Admissions Policy can be found here.


What happens after your application is submitted?

After the FEBRUARY 1, 11:59 pm deadline, all complete application files are prepared for the Admissions Committee to review. The Committee then has several meetings to discuss applications. The Committee identifies applicants who should be recommended for acceptance, as well as a waiting list of qualified applicants. Applicants whom the department is recommending for acceptance will receive an e-mail or telephone call informing them of the recommendation and asking them to reply within two weeks to let the Department know whether or not they are interested. If an applicant declines, an applicant from the waiting list is contacted. Once the quota has been filled, all remaining applicants will hear from the department by the end of June.

If an applicant responds (by letter or e-mail) to accept the offer, the application and original transcripts are sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) for processing. Although the Department's Admissions Committee makes the recommendation for acceptance, FGSR makes the final determination of acceptance, after determining that the credentials are valid and the transcripts are admissible. The Department sends a letter to the applicant immediately indicating that he or she has been recommended for admission. A formal admission letter is sent by FGSR directly to the student once they have completed their processing of the application.

Newly admitted students will receive information via mail or email throughout the summer months from the Department and OASIS, the student organization. Once students have received the official admission letter, they can at any time complete their registration for Fall/Winter courses through Bear Tracks. The letter of admission will contain information about how to register. Students should register early; to prevent delays in other processes that are internally initiated once registration is complete.

Student loan forms must be filled out and signed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2-29 Killiam Centre.

For questions about dates and process for submission of transcripts, Graduate Record Exam scores, letters of reference, and/or application components or forms, contact

To request the review of courses for their appropriateness to satisfy prerequisites, send the full course name, description and syllabus to the CSD Grad Advisor at

If you have any other questions about admissions, please contact Ms. Vicki Trombley.