All applicants (domestic and international) must meet the same criteria and apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs (ORPAS). Incomplete files will not be reviewed.
The application portal for admission in September 2021 will open on October 15th, 2020 and close on January 8th, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
The admissions process and requirements undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science reserves the right to change the admission process and requirements at any time without notice. Every effort will be made to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.
Applicants must achieve a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits), and must have a minimum average of B+ or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of their university course work. Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.
The SLP program has 4 pre-requisite courses. Applicants will require a minimum of:
You must be proficient in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the only acceptable evidence.
A minimum score of 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL test (reading‑24, speaking‑26, listening‑24, writing‑26) is required.
The TOEFL score must not be more than 2 years old at the time of the ORPAS application deadline.
The TOEFL code for McMaster is 0936. The department code for MSc (SLP) is 55.
Assessment of International Transcripts and Exchange Work
If you have international transcripts, excluding US transcripts, you must submit the following to ORPAS:
If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted with the international transcripts.
NOTE: All non‑English documentation must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a certified translator. All other criteria for international applicants are the same as those identified in the admission requirements.
Indigenous applicants who meet the above criteria and have a FIAP endorsed application will be automatically invited to come for an interview (MMI).
Applicants wishing to apply to the SLP program with the Indigenous specific requirements, must complete the following:
1. Go to the ORPAS Website to complete your application and submit the required fees
2. Go to McMaster University’s Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) webpage, read & complete the supplemental Self-Identification Application here, and submit to the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office by Friday, January 8th, 2021
Please note, only endorsed FIAP applications will be reviewed under the Indigenous specific criteria for admissions to the SLP program.
Please carefully read the ORPAS application Guide before completing your application - ORPAS Application Guide
All applicants (domestic and international) must apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs (ORPAS) online application service - ORPAS Application.
The ORPAS application service fee is $190
If you apply to only one (1) program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (either Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy), a $100 university fee is payable at the time of ORPAS online application payment submission.
If you apply to any combination of more than one (1) program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., SLP and OT or PT, or SLP, OT and PT), you will be charged an additional $100 university fee payable at the time of the ORPAS online application submission.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that ORPAS receives the application and all required supporting documentation by the required deadlines. If the application is not complete or if supporting documentation is not received within the required deadlines, the application will not be considered.
Application fees are non-refundable.
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The top-ranked (approximately 125) applicants will be invited to participate in a mini multiple interview (MMI). Personal qualities and life experiences are assessed at these “mini” interviews, two of which are written stations.
These interviews will take place on-line. Final offers of admission will be based on a combination of pre-admission sub-GPA and MMI score. Interview dates and Offer dates can be found on the program’s website, here Important Dates and Deadlines. Applicants who have not been invited to interview will not continue through the application process and are welcomed to apply again the following year.
Health professionals are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that maintains public confidence in the integrity and dignity of our professions. In selecting students, we are looking for individuals who will conduct themselves in a manner befitting our professions. As such, any and all communications and interactions with the Faculty before and during admission are considered part of the admission process and may be taken into account during admission deliberations. Admission may be denied to applicants who communicate or act in a manner that may be considered inappropriate or unprofessional regardless of academic standing.
McMaster has always been an innovator in the field of medical education. The Multiple Mini Interview is one example of how McMaster has approached an accepted process, like the traditional interview, and revolutionized it. Researchers at McMaster hypothesized that increasing the number of encounters for each interviewed applicant would lead to a more reliable assessment of the individual. This proved to be exactly the case. The Multiple Mini Interview increases the overall reliability of the interview in judging an applicant's merits. It also dilutes the effect of a single misrepresentative showing by an applicant in any one interaction. Pioneered at McMaster in 2002, the Multiple Mini Interview has been adopted at other schools across both Canada and the United States and internationally.
The Multiple Mini Interview consists of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations in an attempt to draw multiple samples of applicants’ ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate their ideas, and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are relevant to healthcare practice.
During the MMI, applicants will move between on-line interview "stations" in a multi-station circuit. Each station lasts eight minutes and there is a two-minute break between each one. At each station, applicants will interact with a single rater. Topics to be discussed in interviews may include but are not limited to, communication, collaboration, ethics, health policy, critical thinking, awareness of health issues in Canada, and personal qualities.
Applicants have reached this stage of the admissions process because their academic performance has been sufficiently high. For this reason we will not test applicants’ specific knowledge in any given subject. We are, however, trying to assess the applicant’s ability to apply general knowledge to issues relevant to the culture and society in which they will be practicing should they gain admission to (and graduate from) the Speech-Language Pathology program. Equally important is the applicant’s ability to communicate and defend his or her personal opinions.
As per the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies Calendar, admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.
The School of Rehabilitation Science does not provide feedback to applicants concerning their performance on the multiple mini interview.
Applications from one year are not held over to another year.
The MSc Speech-Language Pathology Program does not allow successful applicants to defer their start date.
There is no provision for advance standing or transfer into the MSc Speech-Language Pathology Program.
Applicants should understand that where it is discovered that any application information is false or misleading, or has been concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid, and the matter will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Integrity. If the student has already been admitted and registered, withdrawal from the university may be required, pending a university investigation.
Professionalism is an important requirement of the McMaster Speech-Language Pathology Program. In keeping with the standard of excellence required in our program, we expect applicants to the MSc(SLP) program to conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout all phases of the application process. Any and all interactions throughout the admissions process, where applicants are engaged with Speech-Language Pathology program staff, faculty, students, and/or community volunteers may be taken into consideration in making admissions decisions. Admission may be denied to applicants who, among other critical determinants, behave in a manner that is considered below the level of professionalism expected of similarly situated candidates, regardless of their academic standing or interview performance.
October 15, 2020 - ORPAS opens for applications
TBD - FHS Grad Programs Open House
January 8, 2021 - ORPAS application deadline
January 30, 2021 - initial transcripts due to ORPAS
March 2, 2021 - MMI offers will be sent out by this date ---- Please add email@example.com to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
March 6-12 , 2021 - MMIs take place ONLINE for 2021
April 1, 2021 - Offers of admission sent out ---- Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
April 15, 2021 - Expiry date for first-round offers
April 30, 2020 - Provisional acceptances become firm