Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences (MSc)

Quick Facts

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


Students pick either the Audiology or Speech Pathology stream:


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 the program unique?

  • The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC is the only program in British Columbia that educates speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • The School provides education and training that integrates foundational knowledge, research, and evidence-based practical skills. This learning experience will allow you to adapt to changes throughout your career as an audiologist, a speech-language pathologist, or an academic.
  • 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.
  • SASS offers 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 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.

Geographic Restrictions

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


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Criminal Record Check

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

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.

Alumni on Success

Marshall Chasin

Job Title
Audiologist, Director of Research
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$1,600.60Not applicable
Tuition per year$4,801.80Not applicable
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (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

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Applications 128 154 151 142 159
Offers 44 41 47 44 44
New registrations 42 35 36 31 36
Total enrolment 89 83 74 77 85

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 98% based on 128 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 137 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 5.33 years with an average of 2.09 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.


Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. 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: 8 April 2016].

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.

  • Bernhardt, Barbara (Phonetic and general language development, First Nations English dialects and implications for assessment and intervention )
  • Ciocca, Valter (Perception and production of normal and disordered speech )
  • Herdman, Anthony (Brain dynamics that underlie many psychological phenomena involved in auditory and 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, Bilingual language development and second language acquisition, language and literacy development in ESL-learners, cognitive development of biligual children, autism)
  • Shahnaz, Navid (Hearing, noise, audiology, ears,  effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing, hearing in infants and adults,   high frequency thresholds, Diagnostic audiology, effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing)
  • Small, Susan (Understanding of the maturation of hearing through investigations of peripheral (external ear to 8th nerve) and central (brainstem to cortex) processing)
  • Small, Jeff Alan (Acquired language disorders, dementia, aphasia, adult language processing )
  • Stacey, Jocelyn (Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Public Law, Regulatory and Legal Theory)

September 2017 Intake

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

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