McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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

Music: Theory (M.A. Non-Thesis)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Music
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Music Theory and Composition
Description This course-based program has options in music education, musicology, and theory. Seminars provide breadth of disciplinary knowledge and understanding of research methodologies and critical issues. Expertise in two areas is developed through two written papers. Students receive guidance from leading scholars whose internationally acclaimed research covers a broad spectrum of topics central to each discipline. Collaborations with students from other areas and the doctoral program in seminars facilitate outside-the-box thinking. The option in Music Education provides an opportunity for studio-, classroom-, and community-based music educators to read, understand, and apply research studies in different fields to their own practices. The option in Musicology is for students interested in a humanistic orientation to topics in music history and musicology that bridges traditional methodologies with new critical approaches. The option in Theory develops skill with different analytical models and the ways in which they may be used to explore how specific pieces of music are put together. Some graduates continue to doctoral studies; others pursue careers in teaching, arts management, music business, journalism, and librarianship, among others.
Website: Music: Theory (M.A. Non-Thesis) at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Course 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 21, 2017