M.A. in Music


University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 2 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 11.00 CAD / Per Year
Exam Accepted
: IELTS 6.0/9 | TOEFL 80/120
Exam Intake
: Sep
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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M.A in Music

Graduate degrees in Music at the University of Saskatchewan are an opportunity for students to do an intensive one-on-one study with experienced scholars and performing artists with particular specialties in piano, collaborative piano, voice, strings, brass, and woodwinds. Our conducting program centers on choral conducting or instrumental conducting depending on the goals of the student. Our musicology and theory programs focus primarily on 18th, 19th, and 20th-century classical repertoire, through individual study paths may be possible in consultation with our graduate committee.

Each program culminates in a project, recital, or thesis, depending on the discipline and degree. Courses are carefully tailored to each student by the graduate committee to complement studies in the major areas.

Generous graduate scholarships are available and are awarded on the basis of excellence and potential in the area of specialization. Teaching assistantships may be applied for and are awarded on the basis of proven competency in teaching.

The Department of Music offers programs in music theory, conducting, and performance leading to a Master of Music (M.Mus.) and in musicology leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

Our Master of Music in Performance is available for performers in piano, collaborative piano, voice, strings, brass, or woodwinds. The conducting M.Mus. in Performance may be completed with an emphasis on choral conducting or wind band conducting. This program requires 24 credit units and is project-based, culminating in a final recital in the area of study.

The M.Mus. program in music theory and the MA program in musicology require 15 credit units plus a thesis. Certain areas of concentration also include the successful completion of a comprehensive examination and a foreign language(s). The normal time for completion is two years, including a one-year residency.

A meaningful graduate experience is enhanced by participating in professional activities. Toward that end, the University of Saskatchewan offers the annual Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in Music, providing a forum for the exchange of scholarly ideas through the presentation of scholarly research in formal papers and lecture-recitals prepared by both members of the Department of Music and guests from the national and international scholarly community.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you review the faculty list below to determine if a faculty member is doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application. For questions about a potential supervisor, please contact Allison Fairbairn at to discuss options and she will recommend if you should start a formal application. For all other application inquiries, please contact Ashley Taylor at

Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must be high school passed.
  • Applicant must have a bachelor degree.

Application Process

  • University of Saskatchewan (USask) is a not-for-profit Canadian institute located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With a student satisfaction rate of over 90% and an acceptance rate of approximately 73%, USask is indeed a university of choice among international candidates aspiring to study in Canada. Renowned as one of Canada's 15 leading research-intensive universities, USask offers a highly enriching research environment with the best facilities in the country.
  • University of Saskatchewan admissions are offered in three intakes fall, winter, and spring. The university offers some highly demanded courses in the fields of Agriculture, Law, Engineering, and Nursing. Its graduate courses are actually regarded as unparalleled among the aspirants and are inclusive of programs like MBA in Agriculture and MEng in Computer Science. Some admission-related salient information for the ease of prospective candidates of the university is compiled as follows:
  • Admission to the University of Saskatchewan is usually available in the intakes of fall and spring, with some courses being offered in summer and winter as well.
  • The institute has a high acceptance rate of 80 to 90% and thus is not very selective while offering enrollment. Any decent student profile with a good academic track record can apply for admission.
  • ACT and SAT official scores required during the application process must be sent directly from the testing agency to the institute.
  • The university has a very high graduate employment rate of nearly 87% which makes it one of the coveted universities among international aspirants.

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