MA in Musicology

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Admission Requirements

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

Application Materials

  • Two recent essays that demonstrate 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 Musicology 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. 

aldwyn hogg

“I find the diversity of the faculty to be a great help and inspiration. I've been exposed to a plethora of methodologies, and ways of thinking about music, that I've been slowly able to coalesce and use to shape my own work.”

Aldwyn Hogg, MA Musicology (2017)


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 musicology


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 Musicology

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