Speech language pathology

University of British Columbia (UBC)


  • Required: Undergraduate degree
  • Study for: Two to three years (at UBC)
  • Degree awarded: Master of Science (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), complete the necessary prerequisite courses and either have:

  • a minimum overall “B+” average (76% on the UBC scale) in the last two years of their degree or
  • at least 6.0 units (12.0 UBC credits) of third- or fourth-year courses in the "A" range (80% or higher at UBC) and in the field of study.
  • Meet with and/or observe at least one audiologist AND one speech pathologist at work.

Required pre-requisite subject areas

Course content Minimum credits Suggested UVic courses
Phonology 1.5 units LING 312
Syntax 1.5 units LING 311
Speech science 1.5 units LING 381
Language acquisition 1.5 units LING 370B , PSYC 370B (Note 1)
Phonetics 1.5 units LING 200 or 380
Developmental psychology 1.5 units PSYC 335 or CYC 166A (Note 2)
Cognitive psychology 1.5 units PSYC 351A or PSYC 435C (Note 2)
Psycholinguistics 1.5 units PSYC 370A ,  LING 370A (Note 1)
Research methods 1.5 units PSYC 201  or LING 204
Neuroanatomy (Note 3) 1.5 units No equivalent
Neurolinguistics (Note 3) 0.75 units LING 370D, PSYC 370D (Note 1)

Note 1: LING 370B/PSYC 370B, PSYC 370A/LING370A and LING 370D/PSYC 370D are cross-lited courses.  
Note 2: Submit a syllabus for evaluation to the Admissions Committee if using this course as a prerequisite
Note 3: UBC's Neuroanatomy and Neurolinguistics courses, AUDI 402 and AUDI 403, are available online.


Additional preparation

Further psychology courses including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, adulthood and aging, and counselling are recommended. Further courses in linguistics including speech science, semantics, syntax, morphology, discourse, and sociolinguistics are also recommended.


Contact information

School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
2177 Wesbrook Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Please note: This information is provided as a planning tool only. Requirements change from year to year and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, in all cases the information provided by the institution offering the program in question should be considered the authority.