Frequently Asked Questions
General program questions
IS YOUR PROGRAM OFFERED AS PART-TIME STUDIES?
Due to the nature of our program, part-time studies are not available. Students must enroll as full-time students.
CAN I ENROLL TO START IN JANUARY?
Enrolment is only offered in September of each year; therefore, January enrolment is not possible.
IS YOUR PROGRAM OFFERED ONLINE?
Due to the nature of our program, it is not available online. In addition, please note that distance learning is not available either.
WHY ARE THE SLP AND AUDIOLOGY PROGRAMS AT DALHOUSIE THREE YEARS IN DURATION WHEREAS OTHER PROGRAMS IN CANADA ARE ONLY TWO YEARS?
We offer a unique program consisting of both foundation and profession-specific courses, with no specific course prerequisites required for admission. This allows students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to apply.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
The costs associated with the program can be found on the Dalhousie Money Matters (Student Accounts) website. Scroll down to the heading Fees estimates by program/class. Under the Graduate Students heading, click the PDF document link titled By program for [current year] Fall/Winter/Summer terms. The current fees are listed beside Human Communication Disorders, Audiology & Speech Language Pathology under the header for Faculty/Programme.
Please note the following:
- The last three columns to the right indicate the total amounts due per term (these amounts include tuition and student fees).
- The Bus Pass Fee is only paid in the fall term.
- The DSU Health and Dental Plan Fee is only paid in the fall term.
WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY?
Speech-language pathologists enjoy good employment opportunities. Currently, the greatest number of opportunities are outside large cities, but jobs are frequently available in urban settings as well. Your chance of securing a position soon after graduation increases if you are mobile.
Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of environments: hospitals, community health centres, private clinics, schools, preschools, child development centres, rehabilitation centres, and universities.
WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN AUDIOLOGY?
Audiologists enjoy good employment opportunities. Currently, the greatest number of opportunities are outside large cities, but jobs are frequently available in urban settings as well. Your chance of securing a position soon after graduation increases if you are mobile.
Audiologists work in a variety of environments: hospitals, community health centers, private practice, schools, industry (hearing aid manufacturers), and universities.
General admission questions
WHEN IS THE ADMISSION DEADLINE?
All application forms and required documents must be received by our office no later than January 15th of each year (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend).
The deadline to apply for our Fall 2019 enrolment was Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Please check with the Registrar's Office as to when they are able to receive applications for Fall 2020.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO YOUR PROGRAM?
The application requirements and procedures are clearly outlined on our website. Please see the Admissions section of our website for more information.
CAN YOU SEND ME AN APPLICATION PACKAGE?
We encourage all applicants to view all program and application information (including downloadable forms) on our website.
ARE INTERVIEWS PART OF THE ADMISSION PROCESS?
Interviews are not part of the admission process at the School of Communication Sciences Disorders.
HOW MUCH IS THE APPLICATION FEE?
The fee for applying to our program is now $115.00 (CAD - Canadian dollars) for each application submitted starting August 16, 2018. This fee is non-refundable. Applications that do not include the application fee will not be processed. If paying by credit card, cheque, or money order, please indicate method of payment on your Dalhousie Graduate Application (Page 3). Please forward your application with payment to the Registrar’s Office at the following address:
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
I AM APPLYING TO BOTH PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL (SPEECH & AUDIOLOGY). DO I NEED TO SUBMIT TWO SEPARATE APPLICATIONS?
Applicants who would like to apply to both programs must submit two separate applications and application fees. You must also submit the correct supplemental documents along with each application (this includes separate copies of transcripts, reference letters, additional information forms and resumes, etc.).
I AM REAPPLYING TO THE PROGRAM. CAN I REUSE ANY OF MY ADMISSION DOCUMENTS FROM LAST YEAR?
If you are reapplying to the program, transcripts and reference letters can be reused only if you applied last year. If you choose to reuse documents, all applicants must ensure that SCSD has the most up-to-date version of all transcripts. If you have completed any additional courses at any of your institutions, you should re-submit new copies of official transcripts. To request that specific documents are reused, applicants must include a cover letter along with their application to SCSD that states (a) which transcripts from which institution(s), (b) the full name of each referee, and (c) your GRE Score Report (unless you are re-taking the GRE General Test).
CAN I COURIER MY APPLICATION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO YOUR SCHOOL OR DO I HAVE TO SEND THEM VIA REGULAR MAIL?
It is entirely up to you whether you choose to send your application via regular mail or via courier – we allow both methods of delivery. Our courier address differs from our mailing address. Therefore, applicants must ensure that they use the appropriate address when sending documents. Both mailing and courier addresses are available on our website. If you are using regular mail, please be sure that you allow enough time for your application to arrive before our application deadline. Please remember that your application and fee should be sent to the Registrar's Office and not to our office.
CAN I DELIVER MY APPLICATION PACKAGE IN PERSON TO YOUR OFFICES OR MUST IT BE MAILED?
It is up to you whether you choose to drop off your application package to our offices or send it via mail – we allow both methods of delivery. All application documents that are delivered in person must be put in an envelope addressed to SHCD Admissions. Loose documents will not be accepted. Please remember that your application and fee should be sent to the Registrar's Office and not to our office.
CAN SOME OF MY SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS BE SENT TO YOUR DEPARTMENT VIA FAX OR EMAIL?
Our department does not allow any supplemental documents to be sent via fax or email. This includes copies of transcripts as well as reference letters. Any documents received via these methods are not considered to be official, and cannot be used as part of the admissions process. All supplemental documents must be submitted using the steps outlined on our Admission Procedures webpage.
CAN I APPLY USING AN ONLINE APPLICATION OPTION? IF SO, WHERE CAN I FIND THE LINK TO DO SO?
If you are interested in using the online application option, you can visit Dalhousie's "Apply Now" webpage. All applicants still need to ensure that all other supplemental documents are submitted to SCSD (see next question below).
I APPLIED USING THE ONLINE APPLICATION. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO DO TO APPLY?
Please note that the online application only replaces the Dalhousie Graduate Application Form. All applicants still need to ensure that all other supplemental documents are submitted directly to the School of Human Communication Disorders. Detailed information on which documents are required can be found on our Admission Procedures webpage.
SOME OF MY SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS WILL ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTMENT BEFORE MY APPLICATION. IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?
Yes, this is completely fine. Many applicants arrange for their transcripts and/or GRE scores to be sent before their application will arrive at our department. We will hold onto any loose documents until we receive your application. All documents will then be matched up.
MY MOST RECENT TRANSCRIPTS DO NOT INCLUDE MY GRADES FROM THE CURRENT SEMESTER. THE FINAL FALL GRADES WILL BE POSTED AFTER (OR NEAR) THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please ensure that your university forwards two official copies of your current transcripts even though your fall grades may not be included. These transcripts must be received by our admission deadline. Once your fall grades are released, you should have your university forward two additional copies of your official transcripts.
I AM A PREVIOUS/CURRENT DALHOUSIE STUDENT. DO I NEED TO FORWARD COPIES OF MY DALHOUSIE TRANSCRIPTS WITH MY APPLICATION?
If you have previously attended or are currently attending Dalhousie University, it is not necessary to have hard copies of your Dalhousie transcripts sent to our department along with your application package. However, if you have previously attended any other post-secondary institution in addition to Dalhousie, you must forward two copies of your official transcripts from each institution.
I BELIEVE I AM A MATURE APPLICANT. ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS DIFFERENT FOR ME?
Applicants who have been out of university for more than five years qualify as mature applicants. Mature applicants must still meet the same admission requirements as all other applicants. Confidential reference letters from employers, clinicians or supervisors can be submitted in lieu of academic references if you are a mature applicant. However, we encourage mature applicants to still submit academic references if possible.
HOW IS MY GPA CALCULATED?
Your GPA is calculated using the last twenty courses or 60-credit hours of your undergraduate degree. If you have completed both an undergraduate degree and a professional degree (for example, a BEd), your GPA will be calculated by using a combination of the last 10 courses (or 30-credit hours) of your undergraduate degree, and the last 10 courses (or 30-credit hours) of your professional degree. How your GPA is calculated becomes much more complicated if you have taken courses at multiple universities, have completed a degree outside of Canada, or have taken additional non-degree classes after completing an undergraduate degree. If you have specific questions regarding your GPA calculations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that diplomas, certificates, and graduate degrees will not be counted towards your GPA.
WHAT IS AN ACADEMIC REFERENCE?
Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies defines an academic reference as a reference written by a professor or instructor who has taught and graded an applicant in a university setting. Academic references do not include references written by practicum or research supervisors, volunteer supervisors, or employers. Although practicum and research supervisors, volunteer supervisors, and employers often give valuable references, they are considered professional references. We welcome professional references in addition to your two required academic references.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CANNOT FIND A SUITABLE REFERENCE?
If you have completed a four-year undergraduate degree, then you should be able to find a professor or instructor who is able to complete an academic reference. If you are a mature student (meaning that you have been out of school/university for over five years), you can submit professional references. However, we encourage mature applicants to stilll submit academic references if possible.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY REFEREES TO RECEIVE THE E-REF LINK AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
It takes approximately five business days after you have submitted your application before your referees will receive the e-ref link. The e-ref link comes from the following email account: email@example.com. Please remind your referees to check all of their incoming mailboxes (inbox, spam folders, etc.) to ensure they have received the e-ref link.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT OF MY APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of admission documents to applicants via phone or email within the first six weeks after the admission deadline. If you applied using the online application, you can check the status of your received documents by logging into the system (for questions on how to do this, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 902-494-2450). Please note, however, that it can take four to six weeks after the admission deadline for the online checklist to show the status of received documents. Our department also sends email acknowledgements regarding receipt of applications and supplemental documents; however, this can also take four to six weeks after the admission deadline to occur.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO HEAR FROM THE SCHOOL REGARDING THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?
Applicants will receive notification about their application status via email during the months of April and May. Applicants who have been placed on a waiting list will be contacted if a spot becomes available. This may happen at any time between May and the first week of September.
Questions about the GRE
DOES YOUR PROGRAM REQUIRE THE GRE OR ANY STANDARDIZED TESTS?
Applicants must complete the GRE General Test (Graduate Records Examination) as part of the application process. For more information regarding completion of the test and submission of scores, please read our Admission Procedures webpage.
Please note that there is no minimum subtest or total score requirement for the GRE General Test.
Students whose native language is not English will have to prove English proficiency (See our English Language Requirements webpage).
WHY DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A GRE EVEN THROUGH I ALREADY HAVE A GRADUATE DEGREE?
We receive applications from a wide diversity of universities; therefore, without the GRE it is impossible for the Admissions Committee to compare different undergraduate and graduate programs. If you have already completed a GRE, you may be able to submit your existing scores to the school.
WHEN SHOULD I WRITE THE GRE?
It takes approximately six weeks after you write the GRE for us to receive your scores. In order for us to receive your scores by the admission deadline, please write the GRE no later than December 1st. Please keep in mind that this is an estimate and both ETS and Canada Post process times may vary due to holidays.
WHICH GRE EXAM SHOULD I WRITE?
Please write the GRE general examination.
WHICH DEPARTMENT CODES SHOULD I USE FOR SUBMITTING THE GRE?
ETS does not allow you to directly type in the department codes. You must begin to enter “speech-language pathology” or “audiology” and choose the codes from a drop down menu. The code for speech-language pathology is 0620, and the code for audiology is 0602. The institution code for Dalhousie University is 0915. Please contact ETS for support as this exam is not administered by Dalhousie University.
Questions about the Dalhousie Application Form
DO MY REFEREES HAVE TO USE THE CONFIDENTIAL REFERENCE LETTER FORM THAT IS PROVIDED?
If you choose to apply using the paper version of the Dalhousie Application Form, all of your referees must use the Confidential Reference Letter form, which is available on our Admission Procedures webpage. If your referees would like to write any additional comments, they can attach a separate reference letter and write “see attached” in the Additional Comments box. If you choose to apply using online, you will have the option in your online application to enter your academic referees’ university email addresses for electronic submission. The electronic reference system will ONLY accept references from accredited university email addresses. Non-academic reference letters will not be accepted electronically and must be submitted in hard copy using the Confidential Reference Letter form.
THE CONFIDENTIAL REFERENCE LETTER FORM INDICATES THAT IT SHOULD BE SENT TO “[NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT TO WHICH THE APPLICANT IS APPLYING], DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA…,” ETC. IT DOES NOT INDICATE A STREET ADDRESS. WHERE SHOULD THE LETTERS BE SENT TO?
The address listed on the form indicates a generic address that is used campus-wide. If you are applying to our program, all reference letters should be sent by the applicant in signed and sealed envelopes to the following address (postal code below is correct):
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street, 2nd Floor, Room 2C01
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
THE DALHOUSIE GRADUATE APPLICATION STATES TO “INDICATE THE EXPECTED SOURCE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS FOR YOUR GRADUATE STUDIES. PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW YOU EXPECT TO FUND YOUR GRADUATE PROGRAM.” DO I NEED TO BE SPECIFIC REGARDING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT?
For this section, you can simply indicate how you expect to pay for the program. Your response can be general, such as indicating that you plan to use student loans, a line of credit, personal savings, or parental financial assistance. It is not necessary to indicate a specific dollar amount.
THE DALHOUSIE GRADUATE APPLICATION STATES TO “BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR EDUCATION AND/OR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, YOUR GRADUATE PROGRAM GOALS AND YOUR REASONS FOR WANTING TO ATTEND DALHOUSIE…” DO I HAVE TO ANSWER THIS INFORMATION SEPARATELY?
No you do not. This requirement simply refers to the SCSD Additional Information Form, so you do not need to submit an additional page to describe your education and professional experiences. Just be sure to complete the SCSD Additional Information Form (available on our Admission Procedures webpage) and send it in with the rest of the required documents for your application.
Further admission inquiries should be made by email only and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org