Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why study this program?

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology (MScSLP).

The MSc program is designed to develop competencies in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and management of articulation, language, fluency, voice, and resonance disorders as well as in the fundamental practices of audiology. Developed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a variety of fields other than speech-language pathology, this entry-level program offers a course-based master’s and an optional thesis-based track and is designed to provide students with the academic and clinical education required for certification by provincial and national professional associations.

The MScSLP program is currently offered at two campus locations: Edmonton and Augustana (Camrose). Of the students admitted to the program, a portion are admitted to our Edmonton and Augustana campuses based on student preference. With MScSLP’s distributed education model, students at all campuses complete the same core program of required courses. Each campus may offer unique elective opportunities reflective of local expertise and community partnerships in addition to the online electives available to all.

The thesis-based MSc in Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to provide speech-language clinicians with the research skills needed to study the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and management of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Students will undertake thesis research to enhance their abilities to take leadership roles in academic, clinical, and laboratory settings.

The Department maintains laboratory, instrumentation, and clinical facilities for a wide range of research interests (e.g., speech science, motor speech disorders, voice, language development and disorders, craniofacial anomalies, hearing disorders, and clinical supervision).

An Interprovincial Agreement between the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan exists for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Contact the Department for further information.

For more detailed information on the program visit our Communication Sciences and Disorders website.

Entrance Requirements

The Department’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 units of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework. However, the minimum grade point average of accepted applicants is usually substantially higher than 3.3.

Pre-requisite Courses

The following are prerequisite courses that prospective applicants must complete in their undergraduate degree or previous studies:

  • Statistics: Introduction to statistical methods (3 units)
  • Child Development (3 units)
  • Cognitive Psychology (3 units)
  • Neuroanatomy/ Neuropsychology (3 units)
  • Introductory Linguistics (3 units)
  • Articulatory Phonetics (3 units)
  • Child Language Acquisition (3 units)

These courses are selected to provide speech-language pathology applicants with the background needed to succeed in the MScSLP program. These courses and associated knowledge/skills are prerequisites to the MScSLP program. To see a detailed list of prerequisite courses that can be used for credit at various universities, please refer to our Department Website.

Indigenous Perspectives in Canada:

All students admitted to the MScSLP program are required to complete a course focused on Indigenous perspectives, histories and/or experiences in Canada.

  • Students who have successfully completed an approved 3-unit (minimum) course in a prior degree program will be considered to have met this requirement at the time of admission. (Course information must be submitted for approval to the department, which maintains a list of approved courses from various institutions.)
  • Students may also meet the requirement through the successful completion of the certificate version of the University of Alberta Indigenous Canada MOOC. Students will need to provide this certificate as proof of completion to the department’s Academic Advisor prior to program start.
  • For students who have not met the requirement at the time of admission, and who choose to take a 3-unit approved course instead of the MOOC (see above), those 3 units are extra-to-degree and outside of the required credit load for the MScSLP program.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who do not possess a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English must take an English Language Proficiency test.

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores required for admission are as follows:
    Internet Test (iBT) (Maximum 120)
    CSD Minimum requirements:
    • Overall score: 102
    • Reading: 22
    • Listening: 26
    • Speaking: 26
    • Writing: 24
  • The International English language testing system (IELTS) scores required for admission are as follows:
    (Academic AC or General Training GT)
    • Total: 7.5
    • Reading: 7.5
    • Listening: 7.5
    • Speaking: 7.5
    • Writing: 7.5

Other Requirements:

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, a statement of career interests, and complete an online situational judgment test (CASPer). Personal interviews may be used if deemed necessary in making final decisions.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submitting applications for admission (including a listing of prerequisites completed and/or in progress) is February 1. For more information contact the Academic Advisor for Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Rehabilitation Medicine

Delivery Mode:
On Campus

Program Type:
Course Based, Thesis Based

Degree Level:
Master's, Doctoral

Program Requirements

Master’s Programs

Combined Degree Programs



Graduate courses can be found in Course Listings , under the following subject headings:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
  • Rehabilitation Medicine (REHAB)
Tuition and Fees

Scholarships and graduate assistantships may be obtained from various sources. More detailed information on theses and other awards can be obtained on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (Awards and Funding) webpage.

For general information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research site.
Scholarships and Financial Support

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research administers over $29 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for graduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.

Program-specific inquiries

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General inquiries

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