The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in speech-language pathology requires 39 credit hours consisting of 34 coursework credit hours and 5 clinical practicum credit hours. Students begin their supervised clinical work in the University’s speech and hearing clinic with subsequent practica at various off-campus facilities. Speech-language pathology graduate students are assigned two offsite practicum placements during the last semester of their master’s program – one in a hospital and/or rehabilitation setting and one in a school setting. All coursework, with the exception of the research paper and/or thesis, must be completed prior to beginning the offsite practicum.
Prospective speech-language pathology graduate students are required to begin the master’s program in the fall semester because coursework is sequential and comprehensive. Students are required to purchase and participate in an electronic portfolio system in order to help document competencies related to standards outlined by ASHA and an electronic system to track client contact hours. In addition, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to qualify for graduation with an M.S. in speech-language pathology.
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.
Students pick either the Audiology or Speech Pathology stream:
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-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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Ranked among the top 20 graduate programs of its kind nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, our renowned Master of Science program in Communication Disorders will provide you with the career-ready skills and hands-on experience you need to make an immediate impact on the lives of people living with communication and speech disorders.
In this program, you will have access to:
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a graduate degree program that provides students with career-ready skills and the hands-on experience needed to make an immediate impact on people’s lives.
The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program is designed for students interested in pursuing certification and licensure in the field of speech-language pathology. You will receive classroom and hands-on preparation in applying family-focused, developmental, cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, and medical models to the assessment and treatment of a broad range of communication disorders and differences.
Graduates of the program are sought after to work with a wide range of populations in a variety of clinical settings throughout the US and internationally.
The MS in Communication Disorders program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate programs of its kind nationwide. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Your program of study at Emerson will satisfy the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA.
In 2015, Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorderscelebrated its 80th anniversary. As a pioneer in the dynamic and increasingly important field of speech-language pathology, the department has earned a reputation for excellence in clinical preparation.
Exceptional Clinical Opportunities
Through your clinical placements, you will learn about the range of communication disorders that affect speech, language, cognition, and swallowing across the lifespan. You will have opportunities to work in multiple clinical settings, such as early intervention programs, public and private schools, private practices, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, and others. Through your clinical placements you will learn professional collaboration, counseling skills, and how to best evaluate and treat a wide range of individuals, including a multicultural urban population. As an Emerson student, you will acquire the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a speech-language pathologist.