Audiology and Speech Sciences, M.Sc.

Audiology and Speech Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (BCR) ,
The MSc program in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia offers graduates an entry-level degree to practice as an Audiologist or a Speech-Language Pathologist. At the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, problem-solving is highly valued as an acquirable skill. The School’s thorough, theoretical approach guides graduate program coursework. 

About

Students pick either the Audiology or Speech Pathology stream:

Audiology

Audiology is the science of hearing, and the diagnosis and management of hearing loss. It includes a wide variety of subjects, including: acoustics; noise pollution; diseases and defects of the ear; effects of hearing loss on speech and language development; hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Audiologists work with patients of all ages, from newborns to centenarians. They work in a variety of settings, from private practices, to publicly-funded health and education sites.

Speech Pathology

Speech-language pathology is the study of developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders. It includes the assessment and management of such disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages whose disorders may include delayed speech and language development, neurologically-based speech and language impairment, stuttering, voice and/or swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, working alongside teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others.

What makes this Audiology and Speech Sciences programme at the University of British Columbia unique?

The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC is the only accredited M.Sc. program in British Columbia that educates speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

SASS offers clinical externships, ensuring that you experience clinical settings that reflect the diverse realities of practice. Externships are taught by experienced clinicians who understand the needs of student-clinicians, clients and their families.

SASS faculty are internationally renowned for their research. In addition to mentoring and training M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, faculty members are regularly sought after to provide specific expertise. They often introduce cutting-edge techniques used by clinicians and institutions throughout B.C., across Canada, and around the world.

The School is widely known for its education and training that integrate foundational knowledge, research, and evidence-based practical skills. This learning experience allows individuals to adapt to changes throughout their career as an audiologist, a speech-language pathologist, and/or academic. In addition, our graduates develop a working knowledge and respectful appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences, and they learn to engage in culturally safe and competent clinical practice with people of all backgrounds.

Career Options

The combination of a solid evidence-based education, externships in actual clinical settings, and interaction with world-class faculty ensures that our graduates consistently score above average in national certification exams, and become knowledgeable and effective practitioners and/or academics. Many graduates receive job offers before they graduate. The majority are currently working in health authorities, school districts, and private clinics throughout B.C. and across Canada. The School’s graduates have been very successful in finding work within their chosen profession.

Audiology

Audiologists work with patients of all ages, from newborns to centenarians. They work in a variety of settings, from private practices, to publicly-funded health and education sites.

As a profession, audiology:

  • Is a one-on-one helping career
  • Is in high demand
  • Pays well (about $70,000-$95,000 per annum, depending on years of experience and employment setting)
  • Provides opportunities to work in publicly-funded health or education programs, or in private practice
  • Allows workplace and work-week flexibility
  • Invites creative and practical application of the sciences

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages whose disorders may include delayed speech and language development, neurologically-based speech and language impairment, stuttering, voice and/or swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, working alongside teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others, in a variety of settings.

As a profession, the field of speech-language pathology:

  • Provides an essential human service
  • Is in high demand
  • Pays well (about $67,000-$85,000 per annum, depending on years of experience and employment setting)
  • Provides opportunities to work in publicly-funded health or education programs, or in private practice
  • Allows workplace and work-week flexibility
  • Invites creative and practical application of linguistic, psychological and other scientific theories

Programme Structure

Audiology Coursework

During a student’s time in the program, they will take a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework in areas, such as hearing science and audiological practice. Students will also complete five clinical externships in community settings, supervised by practitioners. Students will also complete a final requirement by either conducting research and completing a thesis, or taking a comprehensive exam.

Speech-Language Pathology Coursework

During a student’s time in the program, they will take a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework in areas such as human communication and clinical speech-language pathology. They will also complete five clinical externships in community settings, supervised by practitioners. Students will complete a final requirement by either conducting research and completing a thesis, completing a project or paper, or taking a comprehensive exam.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 months
    • Duration description

      21 - 36 months

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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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Academic Requirements

The minimum criteria for the MSc Program are as follows:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses and academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Prerequisite coursework in specific content areas
  • Meet with or observe audiologists AND speech-language pathologists at work
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers only)

Tuition Fee

  • National Applies to you

    4897 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4897 CAD per year and a duration of 21 months.
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International: Not applicable

Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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