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)

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Program Requirements



(to be discontinued 2021)

NEW 1-year MA

(begins Fall 2021)

Number of courses

5 half courses 5 half courses

Mandatory and recommended courses

9521y Resources and Current Areas of Research in Music Theory

4 additional half courses, at least 2 of which are in music theory

9725a/b/y Introduction to Music Research

4 additional half courses, at least 3 of which are in theory

Other requirements


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

Expected duration of program

5 terms 3 terms

* Students must declare their intention to write a thesis after discussion with the Program Advisor by the end of the first term of registration. They must identify a thesis supervisor and submit a thesis proposal to the Graduate Committee no later than one month after the start of their third term of registration.