The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Composition (MMUS) - Master of Music in Composition

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Program Information

School:The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Music Theory and Composition
Description:

The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree in composition is offered to students who have achieved necessary levels of attainment and productivity at the undergraduate level, and who give reasonable promise of further significant accomplishment. This degree is often a final academic step for the musician who wishes to enter the professional world, although it may prove an intermediate step for those wishing to prepare for doctoral training. Students in composition present a program of original works. A two-year residency is the norm.



Graduate student composers have occasions to hear their works in regularly scheduled concerts as well as in their degree recitals. The UBC Symphony performs or reads students' orchestra pieces from time to time and the choirs are all active in presenting student works. Visit the Composition Division page https://music.ubc.ca/composition for additional program information
URL:Composition (MMUS) - Master of Music in Composition at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
International: $8,952

Cost per year is the tuition per year plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%.
Careers:Conductors, Composers and ArrangersMusicians and Singers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*76
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    BMus degree in composition, or acceptable equivalent Studies in composition, music history, music theory, and performance commensurate with those of the undergraduate curriculum at UBC, or equivalents.

    Applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Application Notes : Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.
    All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
    All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests

    A Composition portfolio is required. Submit hard-copy scores of at least four (4) works of varied media. Submit corresponding audio and/or video of these four (4) works.

    A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 July 23, 2020