Degree Requirements

Guitar

Master's Degree Requirements

MA Degree by Thesis

Candidates for the MA degree by thesis must satisfactorily complete the following:

Courses

  • Music 5010 6.0: Problems and Methods of Musical Research
  • FOUR additional half courses which differ substantially in subject area and/or methodological approach
  • These electives may include a course in a cognate discipline related to the student’s principal research interests, or a directed reading course

Language

  • An examination testing the student’s reading knowledge of French, German, or other relevant second language

Thesis

  • A thesis (generally 100 to 150 pages) on a topic approved by the program’s Graduate Executive Committee
  • The thesis project may require field work, or it may depend upon the use of archival or published materials
  • After formal submission of the thesis, an oral examination is held in accordance with the thesis regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

MA Degree by Thesis (Composition)

Candidates for the MA degree by thesis must satisfactorily complete the following:

Courses

  • Music 5005A 3.0: Seminar in Composition I (half course over two terms—year 1)
  • Music 5005B 3.0: Seminar in Composition II (half course over two terms—year 2) which combine private lessons and shared symposia
  • FOUR additional half courses offered by the program including at least one of Music 6210 3.0: Documentary and Interpretive Studies in Contemporary Music, Music 6250 3.0: Musical Analysis

Language

  • No language examination is required.

Thesis (Composition and Paper)

  • A composition and research paper on a topic approved by the program’s Graduate Executive Committee
  • The usual form of the composition thesis will be an extended musical score (or acoustic equivalent) in combination with a research paper
  • The research paper (generally 50 to 80 pages) will place the composition in the context of contemporary music with respect to its technical methods and style orientation
  • The principle guiding the composition thesis and its examination is that there must be distinct and extensive independent work which is defensible from the standpoints of its technical mastery, feasibility for performance, relation of means to aesthetic intention, and its composer’s awareness of sources and influences
  • After formal submission of the thesis, an oral examination is held in accordance with the thesis regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

MA Degree by Coursework

Candidates for the MA degree by coursework must satisfactorily complete the following:

Courses

  • Music 5010 6.0 plus SIX additional half courses which differ substantially in subject area and/or methodological approach
  • One of these half courses may be a directed reading course

Language

  • An examination testing the student’s reading knowledge of French, German or other relevant second language

Research Paper

  • A research paper (generally 50 to 80 pages) on a topic approved by the program’s graduate executive committee, written under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty in music
  • The paper will be graded by the faculty member directing the research and by a second reader, appointed by the Graduate Program Director

Combined MBA/MA Degree Requirements

Minimum Time to Completion and Further Program Details
The normal full-time course load in 15.0 credit-hours of courses per term. Students who enroll in the combined program should be able to complete it within a 3 year period. In doing so students will meet all of the core requirement in each individual program. Cognate requirement in each program can be filled through course work in a parallel program.

Students may take two semester courses in the MBA program from the optional courses related to their specific interest; these courses might include not-for-profit management courses, legal aspects in the arts, exporting the arts, entrepreneurial studies, or management for artistic resources etc.

Courses may, but need not, be taken from the Arts & Media slate. Depending on the specific program and requirement students may be encourage to take some of these courses during the summer semester.

Typical MBA/MA Timetable

Year 1

Year 1

Option 1

  • 27.0 credit-hours of the required foundations of management core courses in the 1st year of the MBA program, including Arts & Media 6301.03: Introduction and Media Administration, in first semester.

Option 2

  • The majority of the required courses in music. Note: However it is recommended that students complete the MBA required courses before focusing on their specialized studies in music.

Year 2

Year 2

MBA Courses

  • Strategic Management 6000.03
  • Strategic Management Arts & Media Electives (.03)

Music Courses

  • Music 5010.06: Research Methods
  • three half-courses from: Music 5610.03, Music 5100.03, Music 5120.03, Music 5170.03, Music 5190.03

Year 3

Year 3

MBA Courses

  • Management 6100.03: Strategy Field Study 1 semester course in discipline.

Music Courses

  • Major Research Paper (or Thesis)

Arts and Media Graduate Diploma
Students may add an Arts and Media Administration  Graduate Diploma to their combined MBA/MA degrees. For more information, please visit the Arts & Media Administration Graduate Diploma page.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

Courses

  • Music 6010 6.0
  • FOUR additional half courses
  • Students may apply to take courses outside the program and may fulfill up to two requirements as Directed Reading courses

Comprehensive Exams

  • Testing two broad areas of specialization
  • Normally one of these examinations consists of a written comprehensive examination testing the student’s area of expertise as well as an ability to demonstrate a critical grasp of theoretical issues
  • The other consists of a public oral presentation followed by an oral defence conducted by the student’s supervisory committee

Language Requirement

  • Examinations testing the reading knowledge of two languages other than English as appropriate to the research program

Dissertation

  • Choose a topic approved by the Graduate Executive Committee
  • Dissertations presented and defended in accordance with the dissertation regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Minimum Time To Completion

  • 9 terms

Typical PhD Timetable

Year 1

Year 1

Fall

  • 6010
  • 1 half course

Winter

  • 6010
  • 1 half course

Summer

  • Directed reading OR Comps planning

Year 2

Year 2

Fall

  • 1 or 2 remaining half courses

Winter

  • Establishment of supervisory committee and Comps questions

Summer

  • Comps questions research

Year 3

Year 3

Fall

  • Completion of Comps 1 and dissertation research

Winter

  • Completion of Comps 2 and dissertation research

Summer

  • Dissertation Research

Year 4

Year 4

Fall

  • Dissertation research and proposal

Winter

  • Dissertation research

Summer

  • Dissertation Research

Year 5

Year 5

Fall

  • Dissertation writing

Winter

  • Dissertation writing

Summer

  • Dissertation writing and defence