Program and Residence Requirements
It is the student's responsibility to register for and complete all the program requirements. Students are advised to check their program requirements carefully (including courses listed on the Graduate Recommendation Form at the time of acceptance, and any additional courses assigned as a result of placement examinations).
Applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies and who meet the minimum entrance requirements of the School, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the area of specialization to be admitted to a graduate degree program, may be admitted into a qualifying program for one year only. These students are required to re-apply for the graduate degree program by the usual deadline, December 1. Performance students, unless they were placed in the qualifying year for academic reasons, are required to re-audition during the entrance audition period for graduate students. The program of studies in the qualifying program consists primarily of undergraduate courses. The courses taken during the qualifying year will not be credited towards a degree program. The successful completion of a qualifying year does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the Master's program. Terms as a qualifying student cannot be counted towards the residence requirements for the degree. While the University does not require students in a qualifying year to be full-time (i.e. 12 credits per term) international students and those with loans and bursaries may be required to be full-time. Qualifying year students registered for less than 12 credits per term taking practical lessons and/or Vocal Repertoire Coaching will be required to pay the special fee for these courses (see fees and funding).
MA, MMus, DMus (Composition and Performance Studies), Graduate Diploma and PhD
The requirements for these programs are listed in the excerpt from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar posted on the music website. It can also be found here: 2013-2014 Music Graduate Calendar.
M.Mus. in Performance
The program is designed to allow students to develop mastery of their instruments and to deepen the research skills and knowledge relevant to the comprehension and execution of the repertoire. Students do research in seminars in a variety of subdisciplines, including performance practice, music analysis, and historical and cultural contexts for music and music performance. They also develop the written and oral skills that will allow them to communicate with their audiences and disseminate their knowledge.
The basic requirements for the M.Mus. in performance are the same for all programs (exceptions are noted below under “Programs”). Students take three terms of private lessons (normally worth 9 credits) and do two recitals (normally worth 18 credits). All students are required to write program notes for their recitals. They are also required to take three graduate seminars (three credits each): one is a free elective, one must be in Performance Practice, and one must be in the Department of Music Research (including Performance Practice, Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, and Music Education). All graduate students are required to participate in our large ensembles and small ensembles. Additional required courses (such as Introduction to Research Methods in Music, Theory Review, or Music Literature courses) are assigned to most students if they have not had upper-level courses in these subjects in their undergraduate degree (these courses are assigned on the basis of transcript review). The program can be completed in three terms, but most students take two years. For full details on course numbers, requirements, and credits, see the calendar at 2013-14 Graduate Calendar.
Orchestral Instruments and Guitar
Voice and Opera: . The elective seminar is replaced by a seminar on vocal styles and conventions. Students receive coaching in addition to lessons.
Piano: The elective seminar is replaced by the piano seminar.
Organ and Church Music
The second recital is replaced by a recording project. Seminars are replaced by graduate courses in Jazz Pedagogy, Composition and Arranging.
Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance
A one-year post-graduate diploma providing concentrated study for three types of accomplished musicians: the emerging or professional singer, emerging or established chamber ensemble (including jazz combos, piano collaborations), and the individual artist preparing for competition, audition, concerto, performance, tour, recording project, etc.
Specific requirements will involve intensive coaching, performance, and repertoire study tied to the artist’s or chamber ensemble’s professional goals. For singers there will voice coaching and training in movement and acting, with performance opportunities linked to McGill Opera productions. Ensembles will develop individual artistry as well as group identity with respect to sound, communication skills, and performance practice. Requirements for individual artists will be defined around performance projects detailed at the audition.
Admissions. Pre-requisite: M.Mus. or B.Mus. with equivalent professional experience. Chamber ensembles must apply and complete diploma requirements as a formed ensemble. All musicians must be highly accomplished performers. Audition requirements will be those specified for the D.Mus. in Performance Studies as detailed on the Graduate Schulich School of Music website (but without the interview component).
See also 28.5.1 (Master's residence requirements) and 28.5.2 (Doctoral residence requirements) of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Programs, Courses and University Regulations Calendar. The residence requirement refers to the number of terms (or years) students must be registered on a full-time basis to complete their program. Students are not permitted to graduate until they have fulfilled the residence requirement (or paid the corresponding fees) in their program. These designated periods of residence represent minimum time requirements. There is no guarantee that the work for the degree can be completed in this time. Students must register for such additional terms as are needed to complete the program, up to the time limitations specified in 2.2.7 of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Programs, Courses and University Regulations Calendar.
Residence requirements for master's programs
The minimum residence requirement for Master's programs is 3 full-time terms; for Sound Recording 4 full-time terms. Students in MMus and MA programs are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per term to be considered full-time. Students who have registered for all required courses but have not completed the work must register as non-thesis extension (non-thesis option) and additional session (thesis options) students.
Residence requirements for doctoral programs
For the DMus a minimum of two years' residence is required beyond the MMus or its equivalent. Doctoral programs require a minimum of three years full-time residence (6 full-time terms) unless the student is admitted to PhD 2 or DMus 2. In the doctoral program, students must be registered on a full-time basis for one more year after completion of the residency (i.e., PhD 4 year) before continuing as additional session students. It is expected that at this stage, all the course work and Comprehensive Examinations will have been completed and the student will be engaged in thesis preparation. Students are encouraged to begin their research as early as possible. It is customary for students to spend the greater part of each summer working on their dissertation, and those who do not do so are unlikely to complete a satisfactory dissertation in the prescribed minimum time.
Candidates for Master's degrees must complete the degree within three years of initial registration. If the degree is pursued on a less than full-time basis, it must be completed within five years of initial registration. In exceptional cases, a student who wishes to submit a thesis, or to complete outstanding degree requirements, after withdrawal may do so only on the recommendation of the department concerned. A graduate application must be submitted by the stated deadlines and readmission fees will apply. The final decision rests with Enrolment Services.
By annual registration, all Doctoral candidates may maintain their connection with the University for four years after completing their residence requirements.
The object of these regulations is to encourage candidates to complete their theses and qualify for their degree without undue delay. You can find details about this policy here.