Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Human Communication Disorders - Speech Language Pathology

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Program Information

School:Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Health Professions
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Description:This department offers Master’s level programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Their programs include courses in foundation, or core knowledge areas considered necessary for further study in either of the two professions, as well as profession-specific courses. The programs have an extensive clinical education component, with preparation for student practicum beginning early in the first year of study. They offer both a project and a thesis option for students to undertake research work.

Speech-language pathologists are qualified to identify, assess and manage disorders of speech, language, and voice affecting people from infancy through adulthood. The speech-language pathology program at Dalhousie University involves three years of full-time study allotted to course work, clinical practica, and a research project or thesis. The program leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. Upon completion of the program, students meet the requirements for application for certification by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and for licensure in any of the provinces with government regulation of speech-language pathology.
URL:Human Communication Disorders - Speech Language Pathology at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $11,990

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.
Careers:Audiologists and Speech-Language PathologistsSpeech-Language Pathologists

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Candidates for admission must hold at least a four-year Bachelor’s Degree (an honours degree is a strong asset) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+ average) in the last two years of study from a university of recognized standing. The programs are designed for students with either minimal or no previous academic experience in the area of speech-language pathology or audiology. In most cases, applicants should have undergraduate degrees in such areas of study as psychology, biology, health sciences, kinesiology, nursing, linguistics, or education. However, students with other backgrounds will also be considered if they have completed courses in one or more of the following topics: human biology or physiology, acoustics, developmental psychology, gerontology, learning theory or abnormal psychology, speech perception, psychoacoustics, or other areas of language or linguistics. There are no specific prerequisite courses for admission into our programs. Students whose undergraduate degree is in either speech-language pathology or audiology may be considered for entrance into the program at a more advanced level under exceptional circumstances only.

    Test Scores:
    • Graduate Record Examination
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 7] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]

    English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score is required for all applicants.

    Application Notes : English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score is required for all applicants.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Applicants are required to submit two academic letters of recommendation from professors in the student's undergraduate major, as well as a personal statement.
    Cost Notes : This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 22, 2016