BA, Specialization in Music Administrative Studies

This program, the only one of its kind in Canada, prepares students for management positions in various fields within the music industry, such as, music publishing, instrument manufacturing, music/arts management, production and distribution of recorded music, manufacturing of electronic music equipment, and the marketing of music products. Scholarships for the MAS program have been generously donated by Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada, and the Music Industries Association of Canada.

The degree, jointly offered by the Department of Music Research and Composition and the Management and Organizational Studies (MOS) program of the Faculty of Social Science, combines central elements of both programs to create an interdisciplinary atmosphere for the study of music management. A core of 8.5 courses from the MOS program and 7.5 courses from Music forms the backbone of the degree, and a further 4.0 courses of electives (usually taken as 8 separate one-term courses) allows students the opportunity to customize the degree so that they may gain further expertise in one or more areas.

Applications from people with both ‘classical’ and ‘pop’ backgrounds are welcome. Through electives, students may customize the program to concentrate on either popular music or classical music or they may blend the two areas together.

MOS core: Economics, statistics, organizational behaviour, accounting, business analysis, finance, marketing, operations.

Music core: Music theory, sight singing and ear training, music history, plus various options.

Electives: Create a ‘mini’ specialization in popular music, classical music, film, writing, etc., or broaden your expertise in a number of areas.

Even though the Music Administrative Studies program includes no performance requirements, a background in either classical or popular music idioms is expected.

Visit the Western Academic Calendar for Program Requirements and Information.

Admission Requirements

Completion of six approved Grade 12U/M credits, including English (ENG4U), and one of the following: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), or Math of Data Management (MDM4U).

Admission/Interview Process

The Bachelor of Arts, Specialization in Music Administrative Studies, does not include studio lessons in the degree requirements, but applicants are expected to have strong musical background in either pop or classical music and classical experience equivalent at least to Grade 8 conservatory level. After applying through the Ontario Universities Application Centre ( Applicants are required to:

  • Complete the questionnaire
  • Provide two letter of recommendation forms
  • Complete the theory placement test prior to an interview.
  • The Theory Placement Test contains written questions at the Royal Conservatory of Music intermediate harmony level (intervals, clefs, rhythmic notation, transposition of melodies, chord progressions, harmonic analysis, and simple forms), as well as questions which test basic aural ability, that is, recognition of intervals, chords, and simple melodic and chord progressions.
  • Interview. All applicants will be scheduled for an in person interview to take place at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.
  • Bring with you to your Interview. Applicants must provide evidence of their background and experience performing music. Applicants are asked to prepare and bring with them on USB flash drive a video performance in MP4 file format demonstrating their playing ability. If the pop or classical applicant has a Conservatory certificate of at least Grade 8, the recorded performance requirement may be waived and only the interview would be required.

Applicants must prepare their recorded video performance, as either a 'classical' or 'pop' musician, in MP4 video file format on USB flash drive. Hands and face must be clearly visible in the video. We recommend you bring a backup of the MP4 video file on your smart phone or similar device. It’s also a good idea to have the streaming recorded video performance available on YouTube or Vimeo. Recorded video performance requirements for the pop and classical options are as follows:

Classical audition requirements
One minimum Grade 8 conservatory level classical composition.

Pop Music audition requirements
One POP piece on any instrument as per the POP instrument requirements at the link above.

Applicants from distant regions

Applicants who live at a distance may request permission for a telephone interview and to submit their accompanying recorded performance as a streaming link to YouTube or Vimeo, or to attach the MP4 file in an email to Odilla Van Delinder, email:  phone: 519.661.2111 ext. 82044.