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Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Location

  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Beatty Hall
  • 1266 Pine Avenue West
  • Montreal, QC H3G 1A8
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4137
  • Fax: 514-398-8123
  • Email: scsd [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/scsd

About Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School provides both professional and research training in communication sciences and disorders at the graduate level through its M.Sc. (Applied), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. We were the first department in Canada to provide both clinical and research degrees. Our M.Sc.A. program aims to educate the next generation of well-prepared and innovative speech-language pathology professionals by providing enriched classroom training, clinical laboratory activities that enhance the transition from theory to practice, and outstanding clinical practicum experiences. Our research degrees are designed to develop leading researchers and scholars, who will go on to train future investigators in the field of communication sciences and disorders and who, through their research, will advance our understanding of the processes of human communication and its breakdown. Interdisciplinary interactions are at the core of our research training approach, which includes preparation to conduct both fundamental and clinically applied investigations. Our professors have collaborative ties with many departments and institutes of McGill (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, otolaryngology, biomedical engineering, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) as well as other Montreal universities, and they maintain national and international collaborations. Students can access this rich collaborative network via the McGill Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, a world-class interdisciplinary research centre established and directed by the School. The multilingual context in which we reside provides a unique environment for language research.

The School offers a professional degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the M.Sc. (Applied) level with specialization in Speech Language Pathology and two research degrees: an M.Sc. (Research) and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Requirements for Licensure

The majority of provinces in Canada and certain states in the U.S. require that those intending to practise as speech-language pathologists within their borders comply with special provincial or state licensing regulations. Graduates wishing to practise in the province of Quebec must be members of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ) in order to call themselves speech-language pathologists. Further information is available from the OOAQ, 235 boulevard René-Lévesque est, bureau 601, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 1N8; telephone: 514-282-9123; website: www.ooaq.qc.ca.

Quebec law requires that candidates seeking licensure in provincially recognized professions demonstrate a verbal and written working knowledge of the French language. See the Language Requirements for Professions in the General University Information and Regulations section of the Health Sciences Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

Funding

The IODE Provincial Chapter of Quebec funds two $1,000 “Silence to Sound” awards for studies in hearing impairment. These in-course awards are based on academic merit, financial need, and potential for excellence, and are awarded by the School.

Montreal League for the Hard of Hearing Award – Candidates must be enrolled at the graduate level in the School and working in the area of hearing impairment. Awarded by the School. Value: up to $1,000.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Communication Sciences & Disorders (Non-Thesis) — Speech-Language Pathology (81 credits)

The professional degree leads to a Master of Science (Applied) with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology. The program involves two academic years of full-time study and related practical work followed by a Summer internship. To prepare students as creative professionals, the program emphasizes the understanding of principles and theories, and their present or potential clinical applications, in addition to the teaching of specific techniques for assessment and intervention. Active participation in the learning process is encouraged.

The profession of speech-language pathology concerns assessment and intervention in speech and language disorders. In particular, the speech-language pathologist is concerned with two major parameters of communication sciences and disorders: language and speech. At present, most speech-language pathologists in Canada work in hospitals, public school systems, rehabilitation centres, and in special education facilities.

Students pursuing the M.Sc.A. complete the basic academic content and clinical practica required in preparation for clinical practice as outlined by the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologists (CASLPA). Our M.Sc.A. program is completed in two years whereas some other programs require three years to complete. The emphasis on bridging theory and clinical practice is very strong in our program. Our admission requirements emphasize basic sciences and do not require completion of a specific undergraduate degree. This flexible entry accommodates students with undergraduate degrees in different fields and promotes diversity within our student body. Our goal is to recruit and train skillful therapists and problem-solvers who can rely on strong foundation in theory to address challenging clinical issues. Our M.Sc.A. graduates typically pursue a professional career working in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, or in private practices. A subset of our graduates will enter a doctoral program (immediately or after a period of clinical employment) to pursue a research career.

Research Degrees – M.Sc. and Ph.D.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Communication Sciences and Disorders (Thesis) (45 credits)

Selected candidates may be accepted for the M.Sc. research degree. Each student's thesis supervisor and Thesis Committee design an individualized program of study in collaboration with the student. The program can include graduate courses offered by the School and by other departments at McGill.

This program is designed for students who wish to combine research training with their clinical (M.Sc.A.) program or students from related fields who wish to gain research experience in communication sciences to prepare for doctoral studies. Students are required to take two semesters (6 credits) of statistics and complete a thesis. Admission to the M.Sc. research program requires identification of an SCSD professor(s) with relevant expertise to mentor the student through the thesis process. Graduates of our M.Sc. research program follow diverse career paths working in clinical settings (if they also have a clinical degree) or settings that combine clinical and research activities or continuing their research training at the doctoral level.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Communication Sciences and Disorders

Selected candidates may be accepted for the Ph.D. research degree. Each student's thesis supervisor and Thesis Committee design an individualized program of study in collaboration with the student. The program can include graduate courses offered by the School and by other departments at McGill.

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in SCSD have varied educational backgrounds, including both clinical and related non-clinical fields. Students who enter the program from a related field (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics) or without a master’s thesis complete a Qualifying year, which includes coursework and a research project. This flexible entry attracts independent scholars with diverse backgrounds and interests, which creates a stimulating and enriched training environment. The main component of the Ph.D. program (beyond the Qualifying year) has minimal required coursework and is structured to support students as they develop and pursue an innovative, individualized program of doctoral studies. Admission to the doctoral program requires identification of a SCSD professor(s) with relevant expertise to mentor the student in this process. Ph.D. students have the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary specialization in language acquisition through the McGill Language Acquisition Program, which intersects with McGill departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and Education. Our Ph.D. graduates typically pursue academic careers in universities or research institutes, but some work in settings that combine research and professional activities.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Communication Sciences and Disorders — Language Acquisition
Information about this option is available from the School and at www.psych.mcgill.ca/lap.html. This unique interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is available for doctoral students across four departments at McGill including SCSD, Linguistics, Psychology, and Integrated Studies in Education. The program is designed to provide enriched training focused on the scientific exploration of language acquisition by different kinds of learners in diverse contexts. Students in the Language Acquisition Program are introduced to theoretical and methodological issues on language acquisition from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, communication sciences and disorders, and neuropsychology. In addition to the SCSD Ph.D. requirements, students in this program must complete 6 credits of coursework in language acquisition (including at least one course that is not in their home department), and four interdisciplinary seminars (2 credits each) and must include a faculty member in the Language Acquisition Program on their thesis committee.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Communication Sciences and Disorders Admission Requirements and Applications Procedures

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. (Applied)

An applicant must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum B average (3.0 on a 4.0-point scale) or better in areas relevant to the selected field of specialization. Specific requirements are 6 credits in statistics, a total of 18 credits across the disciplines of psychology and linguistics (with a minimum of 6 credits in each discipline). Knowledge of physiology is also desirable.

M.Sc. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The M.Sc. provides research training for:

  1. students who are also taking courses for professional qualification;
  2. students who have a non-thesis professional degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders; and
  3. students with degrees in related fields who wish to do research but not obtain professional qualification in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Applicants should normally have a master's degree with thesis or its equivalent in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field (e.g., psychology, linguistics).

Students who possess an appropriate bachelor’s degree or master’s degree without thesis will also be considered for the Ph.D. program, but, if admitted, must first complete a Qualifying year of coursework and a research project.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 587 (paper-based) or 95 on the Internet-based test with minimum component scores of 24 in both Speaking and Writing and 21 in both Reading and Listening, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Please see the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders website at www.mcgill.ca/scsd/programs for required application materials.

M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. programs

All applications received by the application deadlines are automatically considered for any internal funding or awards made available to the Department for recruitment purposes. Students who apply for Fall admission generally have the most options with respect to applying for external funding as well as for being considered for internal support.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

M.Sc. (Applied)
  • Prerequisite Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference letters – one professional and one academic
M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D.
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal
  • Writing Sample
  • Acceptance by a research supervisor

Applications will be considered upon receipt of supporting documents as outlined above. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit reports of their performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

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