All applicants (domestic and international) must meet the same criteria and apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs Application Service (ORPAS). Incomplete files will not be reviewed.
The application portal for admission in September 2021 has closed.
The application portal for admission in September 2022 will open in October 2021 and close in January 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
2021 admission decisions will be sent out April 1st, 2021. No information will be available before this date.
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.
The average sub-GPA of applicants receiving interviews for admission are listed below, by year.
2017 - 3.79
2018 - 3.83
2019 - 3.85
2020 - 3.86
2021 - 3.90
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. The degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured. Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.
The SLP program has 4 pre-requisite courses. All prerequisites must be university level courses. Courses only need to be 1 semester but can be more. They can be completed at any recognized university, including on-line, and can be completed outside of your degree.
Prerequisite courses can be in-progress at the time of application but must be completed with a final transcript submitted by June 30th of the admission year. Courses that are in-progress at the time of application should have a grade of IPR entered on the ORPAS application.
|Prerequisite||Details||Min. Grade||Examples||Not Accepted|
|LINGUISTICS||Perceptual processes and psycholinguistic variables related to normal development and use of speech, language and hearing (phonetics, introductory linguistics, psycholinguistics)||B (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) or higher||coming soon||Courses teaching another language (including sign-language), writing courses|
|PSYCHOLOGY||A second-year or higher course. Study of human behaviour, normal or abnormal (child development, developmental psychology, aging and perception, cognition)||B (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) or higher||coming soon|
|HUMAN ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY||Human anatomy/physiology relevant to speech and hearing including speaking, hearing, breathing, and swallowing.||B (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) or higher||coming soon||Animal A&P, Neuroanatomy, courses that do not cover speaking, hearing, breathing, and swallowing|
|STATISTICS/RESEARCH METHODS||Can be any statistics or research methods course (qualitative or quantitative)||B (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) or higher||coming soon||Research project courses|
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.
Transcripts from International Institutions (Excluding the US)
When arranging for transcripts to be sent from institutions outside Canada and the US, request that the institution include an explanation of the grading system used.
Where official international transcripts may be difficult to obtain, ORPAS will accept original notarized copies of non-Canadian or non-American transcripts in both English and the original language.
Original notarized documents will not be considered official and further documentation may be required.
Photocopies of original notarized documents are not acceptable and will not be considered.
You are responsible for contacting the registrar to request that your transcript(s) be sent to ORPAS. The registrar will then arrange for the transcript(s) to be transferred to ORPAS.
Assessment of International Academic Credentials
Credentialing assessment means converting international academic credentials into their Canadian educational equivalents. If a WES evaluation includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar’s office.
Whether you are a Canadian or non‑Canadian applicant, you must have your international transcript assessed by WES if:
-You have not met the minimum course number criteria using your Canadian or US data.
-You require inclusion of your international education data.
Request a course‑by‑course evaluation for your international grades. The evaluation will not be valid without an overall GPA. However, the admission committee reserves the right to apply their own evaluation.
WES evaluations must be sent directly to ORPAS by WES and must be received by the application deadline.
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.
Reminder: ORPAS will convert grades of courses taken at accredited universities in the US. You do not require a WES evaluation for these courses.
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.
Where an applicant has completed graduate course work, relevant courses will be used to re-calculate the sub-GPA calculated by ORPAS.
Placements, internships and activity courses (even if only a portion of the course has a placement aspect) are not normally considered relevant.
All graduate work must have a grade of B- or higher.
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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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 Program 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.
As per the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies Calendar, admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Program is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.
The top-ranked (approximately 126) 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. Applicants who have not been invited to interview will not continue through the application process and are welcomed to apply again the following year.
To ensure a fair and equitable admissions process, the McMaster Speech-Language Pathology Program utilizes the sub-GPA as calculated by ORPAS (https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-gpa-calculations/) to determine the top-ranked applicants (approximately 126) invited to the Multiple Mini Interviews. As such, any questions or concerns about your sub-GPA should be communicated to ORPAS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants with international or graduate level work will be assessed and ranked by the Program on a case by case basis.
The Speech-Language Pathology Program does not provide feedback to applicants concerning their performance on the multiple mini interview. Information regarding the ranking, scoring or any calculations for admission is confidential and will not be shared with applicants.
Final offers of admission will be based on a combination of pre-admission sub-GPA and MMI score.
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.
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 (MMI) 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. 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.
Upon acceptance of an offer of admission to the McMaster Speech-Language Pathology Program, students are required to complete all of the following program specific requirements. These items are not required at the time of application.
In addition to a copy of your transcript being submitted to ORPAS, McMaster University requires an official transcript mailed directly from your post-secondary institution to confirm that you have cleared academic conditions (e.g. Degree completed by June 30, successful completion of prerequisite course(s), maintaining good academic standing for in progress courses).
Students graduating from a McMaster undergraduate program do not need to submit final transcripts.
Note: If you received a firm offer and no courses were in progress at the time of application, further transcripts are NOT required.
Transcript should be addressed to:
SLP Program Coordinator
McMaster University, School of Rehabilitation Science
1400 Main Street West, IAHS 403
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 1C7
Upload a photo of yourself.
To be considered acceptable, your uploaded photo must:
• be recent and similar to a passport photo (head shot only, looking straight into the camera)
• have a neutral or smiling expression
• be in colour, in focus and of good quality (scanned photos of your driver’s license, passport or health card are not acceptable)
• be on an uncluttered background and of you alone (no other people or animals permitted in photo)
• not contain props (i.e. hats, sunglasses or graduation caps)
• Maximum file size of your photo must be 3MB or less.
All SLP students are required to complete the first 3 training modules offered by Cancer Care Ontario:
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis Culture, Colonization and the Determinants of Health
- Aboriginal History and Political Governance
- The Need for Cultural Competence in Healthcare
DETAILS & PROCESS
Complete the first 3 modules offered by Cancer Care Ontario modules, here.
When you first click on a module, you will be prompted to create an account that you can then use to login anytime you come back to continue working through the modules. Once you have completed all 3 modules, you will be able to print/save a certificate confirming completion of the 3 modules.
Please email the certificate to email@example.com.
TBD - available in July 2021
October 15, 2020 - ORPAS opens for applications
January 8, 2021 - ORPAS application deadline
January 30, 2021 - initial transcripts due to ORPAS
February 22 - March 2, 2021 - MMI offers will be sent out ---- Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
March 6, 7, 8, 2021 - MMIs take place ONLINE for 2021
April 1, 2021 - Offers of admission sent out ---- Please add email@example.com to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
April 16, 2021 - Expiry date for first-round offers
April 30, 2021 - Provisional acceptances become firm