Admissions FAQs



What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the M.Sc. (Applied) program is January 15th of the same year as admission.

Can I apply to the S-LP Program to start in the Winter semester?

No. The S-LP is only offered starting in the Fall.

Can I submit my application before you receive my official TOEFL/GRE results?


When will I know if I'm accepted into the S-LP Program?

Applicants should receive an answer by mid March.


Does McGill offer a preparatory year for the S-LP Program?

No. However, prerequisite courses are offered at McGill but not in connection with the S-LP Program.

Do I need a 3- or 4-year degree to be admitted to the S-LP Program?

We do not specify if you need a 3- or 4-year degree to be admitted into the program.

Can I apply although I have not completed all the prerequisites?

Yes, you can be missing prerequisites at the time of application, although you should be organizing how to complete them. You will need to successfully complete all prerequisites before being allowed to start the Program if you are accepted. Having several prerequisites missing at application time doesn't affect the ability to assess your file; however, when an application lacks almost all of the prerequisite courses it may be difficult to accept the student given that completion of all the prerequisites is uncertain.

Some of my prerequisites are in progress / to be taken next semester. What do I do?

You will be asked to indicate courses that are in progress or will be completed during the application process. Note: Admitted applicants must provide proof that all prerequisites have been fulfilled prior to registration in the program and may be asked to provide evidence that they will be completed in time prior to an offer of admission being made. 

What is the average GPA of accepted students?

Accepted students' GPAs range from 3.5 to 4.0, with an average of 3.8.

Optional Additions To Your Application

Can additional letters of recommendation be included with my application? Do these letters need to be on the official form?

Only two letters of recommendation are required and accepted. One letter must be from someone who can speak to your academic background and preparation, the other is to be completed by someone who can speak about your professionalism and potential as a clinician (e.g., a job, volunteer, or community service supervisor).

Is the GRE mandatory?

No. Submitting a GRE score is entirely optional.

Language And Residency

Do you give priority for admission to the M.Sc.A program to students who are from Quebec or to students who are French-speaking?

No. Our selection process aims to select those students with the highest potential for success in our applied program based on their academic record, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. We are not mandated by either the provincial government or McGill University to maintain any quotas in our student body based either on language or provincial residency.

Student Perspectives

What's so great about McGill's S-LP admissions procedure?

- There are relatively few prerequisites so depending on your undergraduate degree you probably won't need to do a preparatory year.
- A three year undergraduate degree is accepted.
- You don't need to take the GRE or other qualifying exams.
- People from a variety of backgrounds are accepted.

How competitive is it really to get in?

It depends on the number of applicants in any given year, but it is fair to say that because the school is small (accepting only 27 students per year), the application process is quite competitive. If you have at least a 3.2 GPA in the last two years of full-time study and the other prerequisites specific to the SCSD, and are passionate about becoming a speech-language pathologist, don’t hesitate to apply!