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Speech Language Pathology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
At the McMaster University we offer a master program in Speech Language Pathology. Speech-Language Pathologists are autonomous rehabilitation health professionals with specialized knowledge, skills and clinical training in the prevention, screening, identification, assessment, and management of communication and swallowing disorders.


Anchored within the innovative and renown School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, this Speech Language Pathology program will add to the inter professional mix of health care disciplines within the Faculty of Health Sciences. 

With its problem-based learning curriculum, grounded in self-directed and small group learning, McMaster’s SLP program offers a unique learning and training opportunity within Canada for students interested in a career in Speech-Language Pathology. 

The goal of this program is to prepare SLPs with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed to practice in a variety of Canadian health care and community settings. The MSc (SLP) program will prepare you to be eligible to register to practice speech-language pathology, and will meet professional accreditation and practice standards.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Problem-Based Tutorial 
  • Clinical Skills Lab 
  • Foundational Knowledge 
  • Inquiry Seminar 
  • Problem-Based Tutorial 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Applicants must achieve a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits), and must have a minimum average of B+ or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of their university course work. Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.The SLP program has 4 pre-requisite courses. Applicants will require a minimum of:

  • one linguistics course at any level with a grade of B or higher;
  • one relevant course in psychology at a second-year level or higher (e.g., child development, developmental psychology, aging and perception, cognition) with a grade of B or higher;
  • one Human Anatomy or Human Physiology course at any level with a grade of B or higher; and
  • one research methods or statistics course at any level with a grade of B or higher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32148 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16074 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6924 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3462 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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