Speech Pathology Programs in Canada

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To become a speech pathologist in Canada, you must meet provincial licensure and national certification requirements. To do so, you must achieve an applied master's degree, including a clinical practicum. Nine Canadian universities offer this program; most take two years to complete and require a bachelor's degree and some prerequisite courses for admission. Be sure to check the specific requirements at the university you choose.

University of Western Ontario

  • The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, offers a master's degree in speech-language pathology through its School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Applicants to this program must hold a four-year bachelor's degree, must have completed some prerequisite coursework, and must have completed 14 hours of clinical observation or volunteering. This is a two-year degree and includes clinical experience.

Université de Montréal

  • This university's École d'orthophonie et d'audiologie offers French-language speech pathology training. The master's degree takes between one and two years to achieve. The school also offers the country's only bachelor's degree in speech pathology, although you must achieve the master's degree for professional qualifications.

University of Alberta

  • The University of Alberta offers an English-language master's degree and a post-graduate Certificate in Francophone Practice. The master's program requires either a thesis or a final research project, and both options require clinical practice hours. Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor's degree; although most students hold degrees in psychology or linguistics, the university will accept any degree that includes the prerequisite credits.

University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • UBC offers a master's degree in speech science, which includes externships (shorter and less extensive internships) with clinical practitioners. The school admits 23 students out of more than 100 applicants per year. You must have achieved a four-year bachelor's degree, including several prerequisite courses, and have observed two speech pathologists in a clinical setting.

Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie's School of Human Communication Disorders, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, offers the only master's program in speech pathology in the Maritimes. The program is three years and includes a clinical practicum, a 12-week summer internship, and a 12-week winter externship. The externship usually occurs outside of Halifax; students may choose to go to another province or to take a position abroad.

University of Ottawa

  • The University of Ottawa's master's program is taught in French, but students are expected to complete a bilingual clinical placement. The two-year degree requires a total of 300 clinical hours for graduation. To be eligible for the program, you must have achieved a four-year bachelor's degree, including three credits each of statistics, physiology or anatomy, linguistics, phonetics, syntax or morphology, and psychology

University of Toronto

  • The University of Toronto was one of the first universities in Canada to offer the speech pathology master's program. It admits 45 students per year to the full-time program, which takes two years to complete; only two enter the part-time program, which can take up to six years. The degree includes a full-time clinical practicum.

McGill University

  • McGill's clinical master's degree in speech pathology is highly competitive, accepting only 27 students per year. Clinical placements may take place within Montreal, where the university is located, or in another province. The course is taught in English, but many of the clinical placements are bilingual.

Université de Laval

  • Laval's master's program in speech pathology is taught in French. The degree includes 92 days of clinical placement over the course of five semesters. Laval admits 50 students per year, each of whom must have a bachelor's degree that includes the necessary prerequisite courses.



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