Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Speech-Language Pathology

​MHSc​

Overview

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology was established at the University of Toronto in 1958 with the creation of a two-year postgraduate diploma program, the first English-speaking program in Canada. The Master of Health Science (MHSc) program was established in 1978 and is a full-time professional graduate program. Academic and clinical faculty provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities for students in a unique integrated curriculum.

Contact and Address

Web: www.slp.utoronto.ca
Email: slp.admissions@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-1794
Fax: (416) 978-1596

Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
#160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Canada

Speech-Language Pathology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Beal, Deryk - BA, MHSc, PhD
Bressmann, Tim - MPH, PhD
De Nil, Luc - Lic, PhD
Eriks-Brophy, Alice - BEd, BA, MSc, PhD
Girolametto, Luigi - BA, MSc, PhD
Helms-Park, Rena - BA, MA, AM, DPhil
Johnson, Carla - PhD
Mainela-Arnold, Elina - MA, PhD
Martino, Rosemary - BS, MA, PhD
Meltzer, Jed - BSc, PhD
Rochon, Elizabeth - BA, MSc, PhD
Smyth, Ronald - BA, MSc, PhD
Square, Paula Ann - BSc, MA, PhD
van Lieshout, Pascal - MA, MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Yunusova, Yana - MS, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Bradley, Kimberley - BA, MHSc, PhD
Ellwood, Lynn - BSc(CD), MA
Graham, Naida - BSc, MA, PhD
Jacobson, Marlene - BA, PhD
Kagan, Aura - BAA, BA, MA, PhD
Kroll, Robert - BSc, MSc, PhD
Leonard, Carol - BA, MASc, PhD
Ng, Stella - BA, MA, PhD
Parnes, Pauline - BSc
Wagner, Susan - BSc, MSc
Weitzman, Elaine - BA, MEd

Speech-Language Pathology: Speech-Language Pathology MHSc

Master of Health Science​

Program Description

The MHSc program educates highly competent graduate-level clinicians in the profession of speech-language pathology. It prepares students to work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools, and community clinics. Speech-language pathologists provide service across the lifespan to individuals with a wide range of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. The integrated curriculum places equal emphasis on theoretical and practical competencies regarding normal development, as well as on the assessment and treatment of disorders in human communication and swallowing.

The MHSc program extends over 22.5 months and comprises five academic and four clinical units with a capstone portfolio in a unique and internationally acclaimed curriculum. The themed academic units are directly followed by full-time clinical placements targeting the same areas of practice, enabling a strong research-to-practice focus. 

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Speech-Language Pathology's additional admission requirements stated below and outlined in the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Application Service (ORPAS) Application Guide.

  • Applicants must obtain an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year.

  • Applicants must complete prerequisite courses with grades of at least a B+ in child development, elementary statistics, general linguistics, human physiology, phonetics, and research methods.

  • Applicants must arrange to have two academic referees complete the Confidential Assessment Form and write an academic reference letter.

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 14 hours of clinical experience supervised by a registered speech-language pathologist.

  • Arrange for a Clinical Reference Form and accompanying letter from the primary supervisor of the clinical experience. 

  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required for both the academic and applied aspects of the program. Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the English proficiency tests. To satisfy the requirement, the department strongly prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​​Internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 with 22/30 on the speaking section and 22/30 on the writing section.

  • If an applicant finds it impossible to take the TOEFL, TWE, and TSE, the department will accept one of the following:

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 85

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 8.0.

  • Applicants may be requested to attend a personal meeting with members of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology to provide an opportunity to clarify documentation and explore in-depth issues, such as spoken and written language ability and areas of academic performance or interpersonal communication skills.

  • See the ​departmental website and the ORPAS Application Guide for details on application instructions.

Program Requirements

  • The professional MHSc program is divided into five academic and four clinical units. Each academic unit is made up of related coursework. Teaching within and across units emphasizes integrated learning experiences. Academic units are followed by full-time clinical placements, four overall for a total of 30 weeks of clinical experience throughout the two-year program. Students should anticipate receiving at least one placement outside the Greater Toronto Area. Students must accept placements offered to them and are responsible for all travel and accommodation costs.

  • Prior to graduation, all MHSc students will be required to complete a portfolio that demonstrates their proficiency in key areas of professional practice.

  • Students must complete all requirements within two consecutive years.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Speech-Language Pathology: Speech-Language Pathology MHSc Courses

Consult the departmental website for a listing of courses offered during each academic year.

Year 1 of the program for students will consist of:

​​SLP 150​0Y+
​​Internship (Credit/No Credit)
​SLP 1502Y
​Anatomy and Embryology
​SLP 1503Y
Articulation and Related Disorders​
​SLP 1505Y
​Child Language I
​SLP 1506H
​Child Language II
​​SLP 1507H0
​Clinical Laboratory in Speech-Language Pathology
​SLP 1514Y
Applied Audiology​
​SLP 1516H
​Aural Rehabilitation
​SLP 1520H+
Principles of Clinical Practice​
​SLP 1521H
Augmentative Communication​
​SLP 1522Y
​Speech Physiology and Acoustics
​SLP 1529H
​Fluency Disorders
​SLP 1530H
​Voice Disorders
​SLP 1532H0
​Clinical Laboratory in Hearing Disorders: Aural Rehabilitation or Audiology Component (Credit/No Credit)
SLP 1539H Capstone Portfolio

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Year 2 of the program for students will consist of:

​SLP 1508Y
​Advanced Clinical Laboratory in Speech-Language Pathology​
​SLP 1525H
Structurally Related Disorders​
​SLP 1527H+
​Clinical Analysis of Communication and Swallowing Disorders
​SLP 1528H+
Research in Speech-Language Pathology​
​SLP 1533Y
Aphasia​
​SLP 1534H
Motor Speech Disorders​
​SLP 1535H+
​Advanced Principles of Clinical Practice
​SLP 1536H
Swallowing Disorders​
​SLP 1538H
Neurocognitive Communication Disorders​
​SLP 2500Y
Advanced Internship​

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.​