FAQs

General Information

We welcome applicants from across Canada. However, residency is a factor in the admissions process, as we normally allocate the majority of the seats in each program to residents of BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut. We find that this allocation still provides a lot of opportunity to consider other applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who meet our admission criteria. If you are one of these, we encourage you to apply. 

Residency is a factor in the admissions process for our M.Sc. programs, as we normally allocate the majority of the seats in each program to residents of BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut. We find that this allocation still provides a lot of opportunity to consider other applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who meet our admission criteria. These factors are not relevant for students applying to our doctoral program.

We accept applications from international students for our doctoral program only. See Tuition and Fees; Application Deadlines; and other information specific to international students.

Yes. Our graduate programs require full-time enrolment at UBC for two years. With the exception of the time spent in clinical placements, all instruction during this period takes place at the UBC campus.

No. SASS graduate programs do not offer distance education or online courses.

We enroll 48 students (12 in Audiology and 36 in Speech-Language Pathology).

The M.Sc. program is very competitive. Each year we receive between 120-150 applications for 48 spaces.

Yes, in exceptional cases, such as the following:
The Admissions Committee may invite students of exceptional merit who are missing prerequisites into an extended M.Sc. program. Only a few students each year qualify for such an offer. No special application materials are required.

Admission to the M.Sc. program is competitive and takes into consideration the overall program of study. Every year, students from a wide variety of backgrounds apply and are admitted. If you meet the admission criteria, have an outstanding academic record and the prerequisite coursework, your application will be considered.

If possible, you should avoid off-campus employment in order to complete your degree in a timely manner. We advise you to make appropriate financial arrangements prior to beginning your first year. See Awards and Financial Support.

The School does not offer teaching assistantships, though individual faculty members do offer a number of research positions which vary from year to year.

Yes! Attendance in-person is mandatory for the orientation session (usually the last Thursday in August).

Prerequisites & Admission Requirements

The School requires a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses OR academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

If you meet the admission criteria, your application will be considered. Students that are admitted have earned excellent grades (at least 80-85%), completed prerequisite courses, have strong letters of reference, and can articulate their personal and professional goals in their letter of intent. Although it is not required, an increasing number of applicants also bring volunteer or work experience in clinics and research labs.

Yes, you are able to apply to the program as long as you complete prerequisites prior to the start of the program (September). For any outstanding prerequisites, please indicate in the online application (under Supplementary Questions) that the course is “In Progress”. Applicants should also note that if admission is offered on the basis of coursework not yet completed, such offers may be made contingent on completion of these courses. If so, these conditions are strictly observed.

If you have graduated or previously applied to, been admitted to or have studied at UBC , please send an email to non.degree@ubc.ca with your full name, your date of birth and your UBC student number along with the request to be granted eligibility as an Unclassified student. You will then be able to register for the courses on the SSC.

If you are a UBC student, you can receive help concerning prerequisite course preparation by contacting the Undergraduate Advisors in Linguistics, Will Sarmiento ( or Hotze Rullmann (Hotze.Rullmann@ubc.ca).

If you did not previously attend UBC, you will need to submit an application online to become an Unclassified Student.

Yes, in some cases. Some universities, such as Athabasca and Thompson Rivers specialize in online courses, but most other universities offer distance education courses. It is advisable to take as many prerequisite courses as possible in a University classroom setting. Reference letters from academic professors who taught you in the last two years are critical to your application. Most instructors for online courses will not write reference letters, and some are not academic professors.
See the sections on prerequisite coursework for the detailed procedure on how to determine if any online courses would be equivalent to the prerequisites.

No, the School does not require the GRE.

No, the School does not require an honours degree. However, honours degrees are preferred. Minimum requirements are: a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university in any department/discipline, and completion of the required prerequisites for either the M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology or in Audiology.

We try to provide as much information as possible for you on our website. You can check Appendix 4a and 4b on the SLP or Audiology Prerequisites Requirements to make sure that your undergraduate coursework satisfies the minimum prerequisites for our program.

If after reviewing our website you still have questions related to undergraduate Linguistics prerequisites, you can contact the Undergraduate Advisors for the Department of Linguistics: Will Sarmiento ( or Hotze Rullmann (Hotze.Rullmann@ubc.ca). Please note: These advisors will only answer questions from current or prospective UBC students.

If you still have questions related to the School's program, you can contact Winnie Wong at inquiry@audiospeech.ubc.ca or 604 827 5920. Please note that drop-in advising is available by appointment only.

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are closely related in that both address different aspects of human communication. In the course of your master’s program, you will be taking coursework and gaining clinical experience in one profession as your major area of study and in the other profession as your minor area of study. We have found that it is helpful for students coming into our program to have already met and/or observed individuals from both professions.

Application Process

No. Referees are contacted by UBC via email with detailed instructions about how to submit a reference (by completing an online form or manually submitting their paper reference if required.)

No. You must scan and upload unofficial transcripts in the application system. If offered admission, you will be asked to provide UBC with one set of official transcripts for every post secondary institution you have attended for the equivalent of one year or more of full-time study. For more information, please see Application Checklist, Step 3.

Reapplication Process

No. Students who are re-applying to the program will have to resubmit all documentation, including all reference letters.

The number of accepted student places in each program is limited, and application pools are highly competitive. Below are some reasons applications are not successful as well as some recommendations for strengthening an application.

Some applications are not successful because they do not meet our minimum admissions criteria, as follows:

  1. The applicant’s undergraduate academic degree does not meet the minimum requirements of the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  2. The applicant’s grade point average (GPA) of their undergraduate academic degree does not meet the minimum GPA required by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  3. The applicant has not provided evidence that their proficiency in English meets the School’s minimum requirements.
  4. The applicant is missing prerequisite coursework.

Other applications meet our minimum admissions criteria (above) but are otherwise not sufficiently competitive to be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Some ways to strengthen an application are as follows:

  1. Improve your GPA and academic preparation by taking additional coursework (typically 3rd/4th year courses) in areas relevant to your chosen career.
  2. Obtain letters of reference from referees who know you well and can give you a positive reference letter.
  3. Obtain (additional or more diverse) volunteer and/or research experience in a field relevant to your chosen career. Note, although these experiences will strengthen your application, they do not make up for a low GPA.

* For further details concerning minimum requirements, additional relevant course work, and reference letters, please consult these websites:

UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/

UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences: http://www.audiospeech.ubc.ca/