What will I learn?

The Doctor of Music degree (D.Mus.) is offered in Composition and Performance Studies.

The D.Mus. in Music; Composition offers composition students private instruction with some of Canada’s most accomplished composers, as well as studies in different compositional methods and technologies.


The thesis is a musical composition of major dimensions together with a written analysis of the work. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination.

Students in the D.Mus. program in Performance are at a professional or near-professional level, are curious, and have research interests linked to their artistic practice. A broad range of seminars explore performance practice in the broader humanistic and scientific contexts of music, while encouraging the critical thinking and the fertile exchange of ideas that promote new ways of engaging with music. The artistic research may assume a variety of forms, from the study of scores, works, and contextual influences through the analysis of performance itself and the creation of new works.

Students benefit from mentoring by internationally renowned coaches and the research expertise of faculty from the Department of Music Research.


  • Composition
  • Performance Studies

Which department am I in?

Schulich School of Music

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,750.76 (US$ 13,328) per year
CAN $558.36 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

1 December 2022

Start date

31 August 2022, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a CGPA minimum of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 or a B+ standing.

For international students

Applicants for the D.Mus. degree in Composition must hold an M.Mus. degree in Composition, or its equivalent, and must submit scores and/or recordings of their compositions at the time of application.

Applicants for the D.Mus. degree in Performance Studies must hold an M.Mus. degree in Performance, or its equivalent.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadline: For Fall Term: Dec. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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