MA in Music Theory

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 

Mandatory and recommended courses

9725 Introduction to Music Research

4 additional half courses, 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 (Sept-Dec) Winter Term (Jan-April) Summer Term (May-August)

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