Faculty of Music

How and When to Apply

Graduate studies in music at the Master’s level may focus on scholarly study in musicology, music theory or music education, or on concentrated professional training in composition or music performance. Admission to our Master’s programs 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 at least an 80% average in the proposed area of concentration. Note that meeting these minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Graduate studies in music at the doctoral level include the PhD in Music (in the fields of music theory, musicology, composition or music education) or the DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in performance (in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion). Admission to our doctoral programs normally requires a Master’s degree in the area of study for which a doctoral application is made.

Application deadlines

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA): December 10, 2016  Note: the application is now closed.

All other graduate music programs: January 15, 2017 Note: the application is now closed.

Note that the Summer/Online MMus in Music Education Program admits students for Summer 2017; all other graduate programs offered through the Don Wright Faculty of Music are for September 2017 admission.

How to Apply

The application is online and administered by Western's School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Note that applicants will be required to upload supplementary documents (see full list of admission requirements by program) to the online application.

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English Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the past two years:

For the full list of acceptable proficiency tests, please see the SGPS website


Contact Information

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

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

Mailing address:
Graduate Program Assistant, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College room 216
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 3K7 Canada