Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Music Theory (M.A.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Don Wright Faculty of Music
Field of Study:Music Theory and Composition
Areas of Research:Music Theory; Musicology
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Careers:Conductors, Composers and ArrangersMusicians and Singers


The Don Wright Faculty of Music is the first in Canada to offer a one-year (12-month/three term) MA in Music Theory or Musicology. Our redesigned MA degree programs in both Music Theory and Musicology will continue to provide high-quality courses in a shortened time frame.

This exciting redesign offers students a combination of course-based and project-based learning in a more compact, intensive experience. Each year available courses will reflect the strengths and diverse research interests of our music theory and musicology faculty.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Admission to our Master’s programs requires a four-year honours degree with a major in music or its equivalent from an accredited university. A minimum of a 70% average must have been achieved in undergraduate studies, with normally at least an 80% average in the proposed area of concentration. Note that meeting these minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    Application Notes : The application is online and administered by Western's School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Note that applicants will be required to upload supplementary documents (see full list of admission requirements by program) to the online application.

    MA in Music Theory
    ▪ A Bachelor of Music or its equivalent with specialization in Music Theory (including courses in harmony and analysis of tonal and post-tonal works)
    ▪ 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 one-page statement of background, goals, and research interests in music theory
    ▪ Two confidential letters of reference

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 19, 2022