Deepen your skills through intensive study in all aspects of music, including history, theory, practice, electroacoustic media, musicology, multimedia, sonic arts, sound spatialization and more. The program encourages students to explore integrated approaches 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 master’s degree in music will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Students must complete a graduate course in either Music Theory, Composition, Sonic Arts or Music History and Literature. Students must also take courses in Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music.
Students will be required to demonstrate reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English (German is recommended).
Students will complete a substantial research project in the form of a thesis.
Topics may include musicology, composition, electroacoustic music, computer music, theory and others.
Students will complete a comprehensive oral exam encompassing all areas of the chosen field, following the completion of course work.
Diagnostic tests in music history and theory will be given at the start of the program.
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.
Bachelor of Music degree (or equivalent).
A research essay or paper of approximately 10-15 pages on a topic in music history or theory prepared during or subsequent to the applicant’s undergraduate course work.
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 after the first full year of studies.
Students pursuing an MA are eligible to receive Divisional funding in the first two years of their program ($10,000 in the first year and $8,000 in the second).
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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