Admission Requirements

Admission to our Master’s programs normally requires a four-year honours degree with a major in music or its equivalent from an accredited university. A minimum of a 70% average must have been achieved in undergraduate studies, with normally a minimum 80% average in the proposed area of concentration. Note that meeting these minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

The supplementary documentation listed below must be submitted by uploading to the online application.

Master's Programs

MA in Music Theory

  • A Bachelor of Music or its equivalent with specialization in Music Theory (including courses in harmony and analysis of tonal and post-tonal works)
  • A recent assignment or essay that demonstrates skills in analysis
  • A recent essay that demonstrates abilities in research and writing (3,000-5,000 words)
  • A one-page statement of background, goals, and research interests in music theory
  • Two confidential letters of reference

MA in Musicology

  • A Bachelor of Music with specialization in Music History, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Music, or equivalent
  • Two recent essays (3,000-5,000 words) that demonstrate writing skills and knowledge of bibliographical and research techniques
  • A one-page statement of background, goals, and research interests in musicology
  • Two confidential letters of reference

MMus in Composition

  • A Bachelor of Music with specialization in Composition or its equivalent, including three years of composition study
  • Three to four recent original scores in a variety of media
  • Instrumental recordings (not MIDI) of the original compositions where possible. On the application, please provide URL for site where your recording can be accessed, or mail a CD to the Graduate Program Assistant
  • A recent assignment or essay that demonstrates skills in analysis
  • A one-page statement of background, goals, and research/creative interests in composition
  • Two confidential letters of reference

MMus in Music Education

  • A Bachelor of Music with specialization in Music Education or its equivalent
  • Preferably also a Bachelor of Education degree and two years of successful music teaching experience (or equivalent experience)
  • One recent essay (2,500-3,000 words) that demonstrate abilities in research and writing
  • A recent music teaching video in a setting of your choosing (15-20 minutes)
  • A  statement of interest video (no more than 5 minutes) where you will: 1) Tell us of your experiences as a musician and educator; 2) Speak of the current challenges you see in music education; 3) Tell us why you are interested in our program and the impact it will have in your professional growth.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two confidential letters of reference

MMus in Literature and Performance

  • A Bachelor of Music with specialization in Performance or its equivalent, including related literature and pedagogy courses
  • An indication of exceptional ability and potential through the audition comparable to an 'A' standard of the final undergraduate year (see MMus Audition Requirements by Instrument)
  • A one-page statement of background, goals, and research/creative interests in performance
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two confidential letters of reference

MA in Popular Music and Culture

Doctoral Programs

Admission to our doctoral programs normally requires a Master's degree in the area of study for which a doctoral application is made.

PhD in Music (Music Theory)

  • A Master’s degree in Music Theory (or equivalent)
  • Two essays (3,500-5,000 words) that demonstrate the ability to articulate and carry out research in music theory
  • A statement (one or two pages) of background, goals, and research interests in music theory
  • Three confidential letters of reference

PhD in Music (Musicology)

  • A Master’s degree in Musicology (or equivalent)
  • Two essays (3,500-5,000 words) that demonstrate the ability to articulate and carry out research in musicology
  • A statement (one or two pages) of background, goals, and research interests in musicology
  • Three confidential letters of reference

PhD in Music (Composition)

  • A Master’s degree in Composition (or equivalent)
  • Three to five recent original scores in a variety of media
  • Instrumental recordings (not MIDI) of the original compositions where possible. On the application, please provide URL for site where your recording can be accessed, or mail a CD to the Graduate Program Assistant
  • A statement (one or two pages) of background, goals, and research/creative interests in composition
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three confidential letters of reference

PhD in Music (Music Education)

  • A Master's degree in Music Education (or equivalent)
  • Two essays (3,000-4,000 words) that demonstrate the ability to articulate and carry out research in music education
  • A statement of interest video (no more than 10 minutes) addressing your background, research interests and goals for the program, as well as your potential contribution to our community
  • A recent music teaching video in a setting of your choosing (15-20 minutes)
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
  • Selected candidates will be invited for an interview

DMA in Performance

  • A Master’s degree in Performance or its equivalent
  • A video recording of a live performance for the purpose of a prescreening audition* (see: DMA Audition Requirements by Instrument)
  • A repertoire list and copies of recital programs (in a single pdf file)
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A recent academic paper (approx. 3,000 words) that demonstrates the ability to carry out music research
  • Optional: additional writing samples such as published articles, reviews, CD notes, etc. (in a single pdf file)
  • A statement (one or two pages) of background, goals, and research interests in performance
  • A successful audition and interview
  • Three confidential letters of reference

* As part of the online application, you will be required to provide the URL of a site (such as YouTube) where your pre-screening audition can be viewed. On the basis of this, successful applicants will be invited to a live audition, interview, and examinations to be held on campus (see Audition Information for details).



Contact Information


Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) 
Catherine Nolan, PhD
Email: cnolan@uwo.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Audrey Yardley-Jones
Email: ayardley@uwo.ca