MA in Music Theory

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Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Music with specialization in Music Theory, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Music, or equivalent
  • Minimum 70% average in last 2 years of full-time studies

Application Materials

  • 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  statement of interest 
  • Two confidential letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, uploaded in PDF
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

Application Deadline: December 1

The Master of Arts (MA) in Music Theory is a 12-month degree program unique in Canada that serves students with a diverse range of interests in an environment that combines the strengths of both course-based and project-based learning delivered by world-class music professors.

Students benefit from a diversity of course offerings building toward a customized MA Research Project in collaboration with leading faculty members.

ben leibovitz"Although we’re one of the smallest programs at Western, there are a lot of talented people doing very impressive things here. " 

Ben Leibovitz, MA Music Theory (2018)

Learn more about Ben Leibovitz and our MA program

Program Requirements


Number of courses

5 half courses (2.5 credits)

Mandatory and recommended courses

9725 Introduction to Music Research (0.5 credit)

4 additional half courses (2.0 credits), at least 3 of which are in theory


Masters Research Project (c. 40-page research paper or equivalent creative project)

Expected duration of program

3 terms (12 months)


Timeline for 1-Year MA in Music Theory 

Fall Term
Winter Term
Summer Term

3 courses: Introduction to Music Research, and 2 others

2 courses

no courses

Preliminary planning for MA Research Project

Discuss topic for project with assigned project director

Submit and discuss outline for MA Research Project

Submit proposal for MA Research Project to project director for feedback and approval

Submit and discuss draft of project

Submit final version of project


Contact Info

Department Chair
Omar Daniel
TC 338
519-661-2111 x85369

Graduate Program Assistant
Audrey Yardley-Jones
TC 216
519-661-2111 x85354