McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

Music: Theory (M.A. Thesis)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Music
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Music Theory and Composition
Description The M.A. in Theory is for students interested in exploring how specific pieces of music are put together and how this understanding may be generalized to relate to the way other pieces of music are composed. Music theory and elective seminars develop expertise in various analytical models and familiarity with the critical issues that define the discipline as a basis for developing individual research projects. Collaborations with students from other areas and the doctoral program in seminar discussions facilitate out-of-the-box thinking; opportunities to explore interdisciplinary research topics in perception and cognition exist through collaborations with music researchers from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology. The area also provides valuable pedagogical training through teaching assistantships in undergraduate theory courses. The Faculty has a breadth of experience in early music theory, formal functions, Schenkerian analysis, mathematical models, theories of rhythm and meter, serialism, and popular music analysis. Graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at McGill, Yale, Eastman, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge, among others.
Website: Music: Theory (M.A. Thesis) at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Cost per year:

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Applicants for the master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (as determined by McGill University), typically with a Major in music, including considerable work done in the area of specialization. Applicants found to be deficient in their background preparation may be required to take certain additional undergraduate courses. All applicants (except those for Performance, Musicology, and Sound Recording) will be required to take placement examinations. All M.Mus. applicants will be required to take a live audition. Conducting, jazz, and female voice applicants will be required to submit screening material for pre-selection. Following a review of these materials, selected applicants will be invited to attend a live audition; see

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Last Updated: October 17, 2017