Jun 25, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

The Degree of MSc in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) (Communication Sciences and Disorders) [Graduate]


ADDENDA [Mar. 26, 2021] - Minimum number of credits required and number of credits in clinical practica were revised as a result of changes in course weight.  See Addenda and Errata  for more information.

Program Requirements


Requirements for the course-based MSc-SLP include successful completion of a minimum of ★90 in courses, which includes ★3 in interprofessional course work, ★2 in electives, and ★34 in clinical practica. During clinical practica, students must accrue a minimum of 350 supervised clinical hours (300 direct contact). This includes the completion of a research project equivalent to ★3 (CSD 900 ) that students are required to complete.

Requirements for the thesis-based MSc-SLP include all of the academic and clinical requirements outlined above for the course-based track. However, instead of the research project (CSD 900 ), thesis-based students complete a thesis and an additional one-credit practical course in methods of data analysis. Additional coursework in research design, statistics, or specialized content may be recommended by the supervisor and thesis committee.

The period of residency is three four-month terms (fall, winter, fall) and one spring/summer term of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

The prerequisite courses and program requirements for both course-based and thesis-based routes ensure that students meet standards required for membership/certification in provincial and national professional associations. Further information about prerequisite courses and the required program of study may be obtained from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders website www.csd.ualberta.ca.

Elective Courses:


Approved elective course work totaling ★2 in CSD 570  or equivalent completed prior to the MScSLP course-based program will not be considered for the ★2 elective requirement.

Course-based only:


  • Prior to registering for the Directed Research Study, students must have completed the interprofessional coursework and the required credits of approved electives.

Thesis-based only:


  • Registration in 900-level THES
  • an additional one-credit (★1) practical course in methods of data analysis

Length of Program


A minimum of two calendar years will normally be required to complete the program. Students in the thesis-based track will most likely require at least one additional term to complete the program. The time required to complete the program may be varied for individual candidates but cannot exceed the statutory limits of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research as set out in Time Limit for Completion of Graduate Programs .