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Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program provides a foundation for creative research and scientific problem-solving in communication sciences (speech, language, hearing, voice) in typical and atypical populations. The program structure is flexible to encourage students to customize their program through the selection of coursework, seminars, comprehensive topics, research experiences, and thesis topic. The School's doctoral program follows a mentor model and students work closely with faculty supervisors who have international reputations in their respective areas.
Students who have completed a Master’s degree with research thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related area are admitted at level PhD 2. High-caliber students who have not completed a research thesis at the Master’s level can enter the Qualifying Year Program (admitted at level PhD 1), which includes extra requirements (coursework and a research project) at the onset of the program.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (6 credits)

For both PhD 1 and PhD 2:

SCSD 652 Advanced Research Seminar 1 (3 credits)
SCSD 653 Advanced Research Seminar 2 (3 credits)
SCSD 701 Doctoral Comprehensive

Complementary Courses (6 or 21 credits)

For both PhD 1 and PhD 2: 6 credits of statistics courses at the 500 level or higher, pre-approved by the supervisor and the graduate program director.

In addition to the above, students entering at PhD 1 must take the following 15 credits:

SCSD 654 Advanced Research Seminar 3 (3 credits)
SCSD 685 Research Project 1 (3 credits)
SCSD 686 Research Project 2 (3 credits)

Plus 6 credits, of graduate-level courses, pre-approved by the supervisor and the graduate program director.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Communication Sciences and Disorders: Language Acquisition

This unique interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is available for doctoral students across four departments at McGill including SCSD, Linguistics, Psychology, and Integrated Studies in Education. The program is designed to provide enriched training focused on the scientific exploration of language acquisition by different kinds of learners in diverse contexts. Students in the Language Acquisition Program are introduced to theoretical and methodological issues on language acquisition from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, communication sciences and disorders, and neuropsychology. In addition to the SCSD Ph.D. requirements, students in this program must complete 3 credits of coursework in language acquisition outside their home department, and three interdisciplinary seminars (2 credits each) and must include a faculty member in the Language Acquisition Program on their thesis committee.


  • Language Acquisition

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Варианты обучения

Очная (4 лет)

CAD$16,122.00 (984,421 руб) за 1 год
CAN $537.40 per credit hour
Начало обучения

2 Сентябрь 2021


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Вступительные требования

Для иностранных студентов

Applicants should normally have a master's degree with thesis or its equivalent in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field (e.g., psychology, linguistics).

English Language Requirement for non-Canadian Students:

• the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 95 on the Internet-based test with minimum component scores of 24 in both Speaking and Writing and 21 in both Reading and Listening;


• the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: Jan. 15 and for Winter Term: Sept. 15.

Требования к IELTS могут отличаться в зависимости от выбранного курса