Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences (MSc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Audiology and Speech Sciences
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
School
School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
 

Overview

Students pick either the Audiology or Speech Pathology stream:

For almost 50 years, the School's M.Sc. program has provided students with an education that is grounded in the basic and applied sciences, can address complex communication problems within an interdisciplinary framework, and understand the relevance of theory in research as well as in clinical practice. The MSc program offers graduates an entry-level degree to practice as an Audiologist or a Speech-Language Pathologist. Studying in state-of-the-art teaching and research labs with outstanding faculty prepares students to be confident practitioners who are effective, in-demand, and equipped with the skills to pursue new knowledge and keep pace with the constant changes in science, practice and technology. The clinical education program strives to provide each student with experience in all aspects of the major professional area (audiology or speech-language pathology) as well as a foundation of clinical experience in the other area.

Audiology

Audiology is the health profession that investigates hearing science, and that involves the diagnosis and management of hearing loss and balance disorders. 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 health profession that is grounded in 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 the program 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.

 

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Research Information

Program Components

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.

Geographic Restrictions

Only Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents can be considered for admission to this program.

Requirements

Document Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
25
25
25
25

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

No

Prior degree requirements

A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
A cumulative average of at least B+ (at UBC 76%) over the last two years of a four-year undergraduate degree, or at least 12 credits in the A- grade range (at UBC 80%) in courses at the 300 level or above.

Prerequisites / Course Requirements

Prerequisite coursework in specific content areas
Online prerequisite course(s):
- Audiology stream: AUDI 402 or equivalent (offered in January and May)
- Speech Language Pathology stream: AUDI 402 and 403 or equivalent (402 is offered in January and May; 403 is offered in March)

Other Requirements

Provide the School with a five to ten-minute recording of your speech. This speech sample may be on any topic, as long as it is neither read nor recited. An interview may follow.

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

Alumni on Success

Marshall Chasin

Job Title
Audiologist, Director of Research
Employer
Musicians' Clinics of Canada

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00Not applicable
Tuition *
Installments per year3Not applicable
Tuition per installment$1,632.62Not applicable
Tuition per year$4,897.86Not applicable
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications114128154151142
Offers5544414744
New registrations4842353631
Total enrolment10089837477

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 97.71% based on 131 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 136 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.07 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Ciocca, Valter (Auditory grouping of speech and non-speech sounds, also known as "auditory scene analysis"; perception and production of normal and disordered speech)
  • Colozzo, Paola (Developmental language disorders; language and cognition; discourse, assessment and intervention for children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds)
  • Herdman, Anthony (Audiology; visual perceptions, attention, language and memory)
  • Howe, Tami (Acquired language disorders, aphasia)
  • Jenstad, Lorienne (hearing aids, aging, audiology, hearing health, amplification)
  • Marinova-Todd, Stefka (bilingualism, second language acquisition, language development, literacy, ESL children, children at risk of language difficulties, language disorders in bilingual children and adults, Second language acquisition; language development and language learning difficulties of bilingual children)
  • Shahnaz, Navid (Hearing, noise, audiology, ears,  effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing, hearing in infants and adults,   high frequency thresholds, Diagnostic audiology, including multifrequency tympanometry and acoustic reflex studies in adults and newborns)
  • Small, Susan (Pediatric audiology)
  • Small, Jeff (Acquired language and cognitive communication disorders, including dementia and aphasia; adult language processing/psycholinguistics)
 

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 February 2018
International Applicant Deadline
01 February 2016

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