Bachelor of Arts - 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).

The Bachelor of Arts, Specialization in Music Administrative Studies (MAS) program is jointly offered by the Department of Music Research and Composition and the Management and Organizational Studies (MOS) program of the Faculty of Social Science. Studio lessons are not a part of this program, but may be elected for an additional fee.

More details regarding the MAS program and audition requirements can be found here.

Admission/Interview Process

Full application requirements, including admission forms, and interview registration, can be found on our How to Apply webpage.

Contact Information

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Admissions & Programs)
Dr. John Cuciurean
519-661-2111 x85333

Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Odilla Van Delinder

Recruitment Officer
Sasha Gorbasew
519-661-2111 x80532

Academic Counsellor
Ms. Diane Mills