MA Program


About the Program

The Graduate Program in Music offers MA and PhD degrees. The program’s faculty members include ethnomusicologists, music historians, music theorists, performers and composers, all of whom teach in their specialized areas of research and share a concern for the critical study of methodologies and procedures in music scholarship and composition.

The program offers courses and research opportunities in ethnomusicology, musicology and composition, giving particular but not exclusive emphasis to North American music, including jazz and urban popular music, religious music, concert and folk music in rural and urban localities.  Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in twentieth ant twenty-first century society, and to the many contexts and issues which shape musical expression.  Members of the program are concerned with the scholarly study of composition and improvisation, with aural cognition, mediation and reception as well as with cultural studies and criticism.

  • MA fields of study: composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, musicology and popular music

The program also participates in a three-year program leading to a double degree (MA and MBA) in Music and Business Administration/Arts Administration.  Please see the MBA/MFA/MA section of this Calendar for more information.

Master of Arts/Magisteriate Degree

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must be a graduate of a recognized university, normally with at least a B standing, assessed over the last two years of academic study.  Strength in musicianship, as well as knowledge of European music history, is expected of students entering the program.

In addition, applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music or a relevant major in the humanities or social sciences.  If the undergraduate degree is in a subject other than music, applicants should have at least a minor concentration in music or the equivalent in training and experience (to be determined by the program’s graduate admissions committee). Applicants without the expected academic qualifications may be asked to make up deficiencies.

All applicants should submit:

  • a statement of intent (no less than 500 words)
  • an updated résumé (curriculum vitae)
  • three recommendation letters (preferably from faculty members who knew the applicant in academic capacity)
  • two samples of scholarly writing (can be any written material by the applicant used for academic purpose-i.e, assignments/articles/journals/essays)
  • official sealed transcript from each postsecondary institution attended

In addition to the above documents, applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work in the form of audio/visuals (av). Applicants can provide us with link(s) to the av files on their statement of intent.

We also advise that applicants identify a potential supervisor in the Program who shares their research interests. Applicants are requested to take the time to ensure that the Graduate Program in Music has a person they would like to work with and that the sentiment is mutual. Applicants can directly reach out to the faculty members by email and express their interest in working with them.

The program accepts only those qualified applicants who are able to benefit from the faculty and facilities available.

Important: Please be advised that our international student acceptance rate is extremely low and we may not accept international MA applications every academic year. 

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