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What will I learn?

Program Requirements

The M.A. in Music; Music Technology encourages interaction between musical creation, technology, and research, with an intensive focus on scientific research of advanced music technologies. Topics include computer music, new media, musical acoustics, digital signal processing, human-computer interaction, synthesis and gestural control, music information retrieval and music perception and cognition.

Required Courses (30 credits)

Thesis Courses:

The candidate will undertake supervised research leading to a thesis that will utilize or investigate an aspect of musical science and technology.

MUGS 683 Master's Thesis Research 1 (3 credits)
MUGS 684 Master's Thesis Research 2 (6 credits)
MUGS 685 Master's Thesis Research 3 (9 credits)
MUGS 686 Master's Thesis Research 4 (12 credits)

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits of graduate seminars at the 500, 600, or 700 level approved by the Schulich School of Music, 9 credits of which must be Music Technology seminars with the prefix MUMT.

Which department am I in?

Schulich School of Music

Study options

Full Time (45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,961.00 (US$ 14,518) per year
CAN $598.70 per credit hour
Start date

Expected September 2022


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for the master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (as determined by McGill University), typically with a Major in music, including considerable work done in the area of specialization.

Applicants found to be deficient in their background preparation may be required to successfully complete one or more undergraduate courses.

All applicants (except those for Performance, Musicology, and Sound Recording) will be required to take placement examinations.

Conducting, voice, and jazz applicants who apply for the live audition option must submit screening material for pre-selection.

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
PBT (Paper-Based Test): 567

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.