MHSc Prerequisites an Overview

Important: The Department of Speech-Language Pathology is phasing out a number of courses that have been previously accepted towards the MHSc prerequisites. The final application cycle for which these particular courses may be used to satisfy prerequisites is the January 2020 application cycle. After this date, these selected courses will no longer be accepted towards the prerequisites. These courses are clearly marked with an asterisk (*) on the prerequisite charts.

Please refer to the MHSc FAQ page for an example of how to read the pre-requisite charts.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to slp.admissions@utoronto.ca.

Overview of Prerequisites

Applicants are required to complete the stated prerequisite undergraduate university level courses with a final grade of B+ in each course in order to be considered for the MHSc program. The prerequisite courses include:

  • Child development (0.5 full course equivalents);
  • Elementary statistics (0.5 full course equivalents);
  • General linguistics (0.5 full course equivalents);
  • Human physiology (1.0 full course equivalents);
  • Phonetics (0.5 full course equivalents); and
  • Research methods (0.5 full course equivalents)

Description of Prerequisite Courses

Child Development (0.5 full course equivalents):

Courses in this area are mainly from psychology, that is, developmental psychology or child development. We do not accept courses that are limited to language development or language disorders. Course topics need to cover a broad range of developmental issues across the entire child developmental stage (0-18/21), not just one particular age group (e.g., adolescents or infants).

Elementary Statistics (0.5 full course equivalents):

We accept statistics courses that address a minimum of basic statistical methods including descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance.

General Linguistics (0.5 full course equivalents):

We only accept courses that cover aspects of formal linguistics (e.g., semantics, pragmatics, syntax, phonology). Courses in language development or acquisition are not acceptable, nor are courses on language disorders, courses on the psychology of language or sociolinguistic courses.

Human Physiology (1.0 full course equivalents):

We accept courses on general human physiology, but if not otherwise possible, one half course on human anatomy, neuro-anatomy, neurophysiology or speech related physiology or anatomy course, will be accepted for a maximum of 0.5 credit. In this situation, you need to take an additional half-course on general human physiology.

Phonetics (0.5 full course equivalents):

We accept courses that are fully dedicated to phonetics (sound patterns of English, including transcription of normal speech), but courses that have only a component related to phonetics are not acceptable, nor are courses on speech disorders. Phonology courses are not accepted.

Research Methods (0.5 full course equivalents):

Research methods courses may be from a variety of disciplines, but must cover the scientific method, non-experimental and experimental methods, validity, ethical issues, bias, and limitations.

How to Verify Prerequisites

A number of courses from a variety of institutions across Canada have been reviewed and pre-approved by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. To view a list of pre-approved courses, select the institution of interest from the side bar on the right. If a course is listed then it has been approved and will satisfy the specified prerequisite course. For example, clicking on Alberta will link you to a list of prerequisite courses that we have previously accepted from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Please note that course offerings are subject to change and not all courses listed on the MHSc prerequisite section of the website are necessarily offered at any given time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm course offerings with the institution of interest.

To claim a course as a prerequisite if that course is not listed on the MHSc prerequisite section of the website, students must obtain pre-approval from the department and submit this documentation with the program application. For more information on this pre-approval process please contact the Student Affairs Assistant at (416) 978-1794.

Please carefully check the course content of your courses with these criteria. If they do not fit, please do not send e-mails for verification. They will not be accepted. Courses taken outside Canada will have to meet the same criteria. No exceptions.