Hone your talents under the direction of distinguished faculty members at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The school provides a wide range of opportunities for intensive study in composition, electroacoustic media, musicology, music history, multimedia, sound spatialization, sonic arts and more. Students are encouraged to explore an integrative approach to performance practice, interdisciplinary research and creative activity. The School of Creative and Performing Arts holds over 80 concerts per year. Students will have a unique opportunity to experience and perform music in the Rozsa Centre`s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, one of Western Canada's premiere recital facilities.
Outcomes and next steps
Music Teacher, Professor, Instrumental Clinician, Researcher, Performer (soloist, ensemble or orchestral), Conductor, Director, Composer, Technologist, Computer Music Programmer/Designer, Luthier/Instrument Designer, Arts and Media Computing, Arts Event or Policy Management.
A PhD in music is usually considered a final degree.
Composition, Musicology and Music Education Specializations
Require an interdisciplinary course designed by the student and supervisor
Students will be required to demonstrate reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English.
Topics may include musicology, composition, electroacoustic music, computer music, theory and others.
Sonic Arts Specialization
Requires Advanced Topics in Electroacoustic Music and Advanced Project in Computer Music.
Students will complete a substantial creative project with an accompanying research paper or document.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Music Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A recognized Master's degree or equivalent.
Composition: A portfolio of works, together with recordings, if available, and an extended research paper.
Musicology: One or two extended research essays of approximately 25 pages in length.
Music education: One or two extended research essays.
Sonic arts: A portfolio of sonic arts creative and/or research projects, and an extended research paper.
Diagnostic tests in music history and theory will be given.
A one page letter detailing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813
IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply in the first term following completion of candidacy requirements.
Past practice has seen doctoral students offered $18,000 per year for their first two years and $15,000 for years three and four.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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