Students admitted to the M.Sc. (Applied) degree who wish to acquire research as well as professional training may opt to complete a Master’s thesis (“M.Sc. Combined program”).
Students in the M.Sc. Combined program must first be admitted to the M.Sc.A. degree and complete the course-based curriculum in the same way as all other M.Sc.A. students. These students are then registered in the M.Sc. (research) program, for a maximum of one additional year, when they complete 24 credits corresponding to the Master’s thesis.
Admission to the M.Sc. Combined program depends upon the student’s academic excellence and the availability of an appropriate thesis supervisor with complementary research interests. Most students in the M.Sc. Combined program are accepted during the first semester of their M.Sc.A. program and make progress on their thesis during the summer between Year 1 and Year 2 of the M.Sc.A., and during the third year when they are formally registered in the M.Sc. degree program.
Students choose to do combined professional and research training for a variety of reasons:
- Future studies: thesis research provides an excellent way to evaluate possible doctoral studies options and to prepare for doctoral research.
- Specialization: thesis research provides knowledge in a specific area of communication sciences and disorders and/or a more in-depth understanding of a particular disordered population.
- Skills: thesis research provides students will valuable skills, which are useful to those interested in pursuing research activities along with professional service.
Each year approximately 10% of the students in the M.Sc.A. program elect to pursue thesis research. View examples of theses completed in recent years.
Upon completion of the M.Sc.A. requirements, credits for thesis work are obtained by registering for the following courses in the third year: