University of British Columbia

Life Science Institute



Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

170-6371 Crescent Road

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2






Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Historical Musicology; M.A. - Ethnomusicology; M.A. - Theory; M.Mus. - Composition, D.M.A. - Composition; D.M.A. - Performance; Ph.D. - Theory and Historical Musicology;

Format: Campus

Program Description: The School of Music offers graduate programs and degrees in three broad fields of specialization: performance, composition, and music scholarship. The Master of Music (M.Mus.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) are offered in performance and composition; the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music with emphases on Music Theory, Historical Musicology, and Ethnomusicology. The M.Mus. degree in performance and composition is offered to candidates who have achieved necessary levels of attainment and productivity at the undergraduate level, and who give reasonable promise of further significant accomplishment. A two-year residency is the norm. Performers in the M.Mus. may concentrate in piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, orchestral instruments, voice, choral conducting, and opera. The M.A. program, offered in the fields of historical musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology, is designed to acquaint the student with methods of scholarly research. A thesis is required and the program is normally of two-year's duration. The D.M.A. program is designed for performers and composers who have already reached a high level of proficiency and artistry in their fields and who may wish to teach at the university level. Performers in the D.M.A. may concentrate in piano, voice, and orchestral instruments.Graduate student composers work closely with faculty in composition and music theory, and are expected to compose major works for public performance in addition to fulfilling course requirements. The Ph.D. program admits superior candidates for scholarly studies in musicology (historical or ethnographic studies and theoretical studies, with individual programs subject to explicit orientation and certification in one of these two major directions).


Public Canadian University

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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