Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

Speech-Language Pathology

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What is speech-language pathology? Speech-language pathologists are concerned with the assessment and treatment of a broad range of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and cognitive-communication impairments. Such impairments may result from structural or functional causes, and may have developed over time or have resulted from things like stroke, head injury or cancers of the head and neck.

Western's Speech-Language Pathology program is an international leader in the field and has played important roles in the development of innovative language, speech, swallowing and voice therapies. Students in the program benefit from small group laboratory experiences and teaching clinics, low student-to-faculty ratios, and access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is home to Canada's largest on-site speech and hearing clinic, the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic.

MClSc Program Structure and Requirements

The MClSc program in speech-language pathology is designed to deliver a comprehensive, professional education focused on the development of clinical excellence, critical thinking, and problem solving necessary for practice as a clinical investigator.

The program consists of:

  • Coursework
  • Research experience
  • Clinical experiences

Degree Requirements

Students are enrolled in the program for six terms, including two summer practical placements. Each student must successfully complete the course requirements in order to complete the program. In addition, each student must complete a minimum of 350 hours of approved supervised clinical practicum.

Courses offered: Year 1 courses  |  Year 2 courses