Speech-Language Pathology (Research)

Program Overview

The Rehabilitation Sciences Institute will prepare Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy students for a career in scientific research; i.e., graduates will feed the demand for rehabilitation scientists and academic faculty in Canada and the global market. Graduates will be expected to acquire autonomy in conducting research and developing an independent research program.


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Application payment deadline MSc, PhD:

Please consult Rehabilitation Sciences

MSc, PhD:

Please consult Rehabilitation Sciences

Minimum admission average PhD:

B+

PhD:

B+

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes

PhD:

Yes

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? PhD:

Before

PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? PhD:

Applicant

PhD:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) PhD:

4 years; 5 years transfer from Master’s

PhD:

4 years; 5 years transfer from Master’s


Master of Science​​

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline, with a minimum of a mid-B in the final year of the program.

  • Prior to admission, an applicant must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor may want to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • At least 1.0 FCE in research design and methodology.

    • At least 1.0 FCE in the area of research interest.

    • Course requirements are determined by the student's supervisory committee.

  • Participate in student and faculty research seminars.

  • Submission of a thesis based on the student's research, and completion of an oral examination of the thesis.

  • Minimum of 12 months of full-time study. Students should be aware that completion of the thesis may take longer.

  • Reclassification. MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them transfer into the PhD program. Examination normally is undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, applicants are expected to have completed an MSc or MA degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline, with a minimum of a B+ average over the course of the program.

  • Applicants must submit the following with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Demonstrated advanced research qualifications in speech and language sciences.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts, reference letters, and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

  • Students who graduated from a university outside North America are strongly encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies before applying.

  • Reclassification. MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them transfer into the PhD program. Examination normally is undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH 3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master’s level.

    • Advanced research methods and design courses (minimum 1.0 FCE).

    • 0.5 graduate FCE related to the area of study.

    • Attendance every two weeks at the SLP Research Colloquia (0.0 FCE).

    • Course requirements are determined by the student's supervisory committee.

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • Students must demonstrate evidence of adequate knowledge in research design and statistics or must include suitable coursework as determined by the supervisory committee.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 18 months of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis in a formal departmental defence, followed by the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Participation in student and faculty research seminars in addition to the regular course requirements.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years ​transfer-from-master's

Diana Burchell

“I’ve been lucky to find an incredibly supportive community of graduate students to go through this experience with.”

Diana Burchell
PhD, Developmental Psychology and Education
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