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About our degrees

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Master of Arts in Musicology

Deepen your skills through intensive study in all aspects of music, including history, theory, practice, electroacoustic media, musicology, multimedia, sonic arts, sound spatialization and more.

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Master of Music


  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Sonic Arts

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Master of Science in Computational Media Design

This research-based degree is offered jointly through the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design, the Department of Art, and the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Doctor of Philosophy


  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Musicology (not accepting applications)
  • Sonic Arts
  • Computational Media Design - offered jointly through the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design, the Department of Art, and the School of Creative and Performing Arts

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Admission requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies requirements, Music requires that you submit:

  • A bachelor's degree that clearly includes a major emphasis in the study of Music, with study in the proposed area of specialization. A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system is required.
  • Statement of intent indicating your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in this program, and any research questions who hope to pursue.
  • Two letters of reference with a reference form completed online, or letters of reference mailed with an official reference form attached to each letter.
  • If your first language is not English, you may fulfill the language proficiency requirement as mentioned on the graduate studies page.

Other requirements are outlined in the graduate calendar and based on the degree being pursued.

Funding and assistantships

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Learn more about Music’s Graduate Funding Policy (PDF).

Awards Scholarships

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) administers a wide variety of internal and external awards for graduate students.

Also check with our Graduate Program Administrator for program-specific awards. The Division of Music has a number of named scholarships. Students are automatically nominated for these, no application is necessary.

SSHRC Scholarships

We strongly encourage prospective and current students who are eligible to apply for graduate scholarships offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Graduate Assistantships (Teaching/Non Teaching/Research)

Each year most teaching departments have varying numbers of graduate assistantships available which are awarded at their discretion.

There are three categories of appointment in Music. There is no application procedure.

  • Graduate Assistantships (Teaching) assist with the instructional responsibilities of the Music division.
  • Graduate Assistantships (Non-Teaching) assist the Music division and/or professors with non-teaching responsibilities (e.g., research for a faculty member, paid out of operating funds).
  • Graduate Assistantships (Research) assist a specific researcher with non-teaching responsibilities (e.g. research for a faculty member paid out of their research funds).

No more than the equivalent of twelve hours of work per week may be required of Graduate Assistants. Regulations governing terms of employment for Graduate Assistantships (Teaching, Non-Teaching) are covered by the Agreement Between the Governors of the University of Calgary and the Graduate Students' Association (PDF).

Now accepting applications for fall 2020. Apply by January 15, 2020.


Email or call our Graduate Program Administrator at 403-220-5422, or contact our Graduate Program Director.

Graduate research

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Graduate students colloquia

Held three times each year, these colloquia bring together all SCPA music grad students, allowing performers, composers and musicologists to interact and share research with one another.

Graduate students conference

Held each spring, this event brings graduate students from across Canada and beyond together for two days of stimulating conversation and research-sharing.

Call for Papers: deadline Feb. 10
Conference: May 13-14, 2019

International students

Music welcomes applications from qualified students outside of Canada. International students in Music are eligible for partial Visa Differential Scholarships. More information >>