This is a thesis-based program.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a completed online application, the application fee and all supporting application documents
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

See department website for application and deadline details.

Degree Requirements - Composition

Students must maintain continuous registration in MUS 994.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • MUS 994.0
  • completion of a comprehensive examination
  • keyboard requirement
  • participation in professional activities
  • second language requirement

A minimum of 21 credit units, including the following:

  • MUS 823.3
  • MUS 841.3 (Graduate students who have previously taken a bibliography course may petition the Department of Music Graduate Committee to have the bibliography requirement waived and to have another 800-level elective substituted in its place)
  • MUS 842.6
  • MUS 845.3
  • MUS 853.3 or MUS 854.3
  • One of: MUS 822.3, MUS 851.3, MUS 855.3, MUS 898.3, or MUS 899.6

Degree Requirements - Music Theory

Students must maintain continuous registration in MUS 994.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

A minimum of 15 credit units, including:

  • MUS 822.3
  • MUS 990.0
  • MUS 994.0
  • 3 credit units from MUS 821.3, MUS 853.3 or MUS 854.3
  • 6 credit units from the following: MUS 845.3, MUS 851.3, MUS 855.3, MUS 898.3, or MUS 899.6
  • MUS 811.3 (with permission), or an alternate approved course
  • completion of a comprehensive examination
  • participation in professional activities