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.

  • Applicants must 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, Test of Written English (TWE), and Test of Spoken English (TSE), the department will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 8.0. (See amendment made on September 19, 2019.)

  • 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 composed 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 are required to complete a capstone 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