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 and music education) or the DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in performance (in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, trumpet, choral conducting, 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.

Our application for 2022 admission is now open.

Application deadline is January 15. 

The Summer/Online MMus in Music Education Program admits students for Summer term; all other graduate programs offered through the Don Wright Faculty of Music are for Fall 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:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86 with no individual score below 20 for the Internet-based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper version
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9.
  • Duolingo English Test. The minimum acceptable score is 115.

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


Contact Information

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) 
Kevin Mooney, PhD

Graduate Program Assistant
Audrey Yardley-Jones

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