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Music (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music offered by the Schulich School of Music is a research-intensive program that emphasizes dynamic and hands-on learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature review, original thinking, and knowledge synthesis to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

The program is offered in seven different topic areas: Musicology, Music Theory, Music Technology, Music Education, Sound Recording, Composition, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The program may also be taken as the Gender and Women's Studies option which focuses on issues centrally related to gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and/or women’s studies. This program is offered in collaboration with the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.

Keywords: digital studios, performance training, music teaching, physiology of performance, music technologies, computer music, new media, musical acoustics, digital signal processing, human-computer interaction, synthesis and gestural control, music information retrieval and music perception and cognition, analysis of music, history of music theory, meta-theoretical work, musical analysis, Tonmeister tradition, multichannel sound, virtual auditory environments, microphone techniques, automated mixing, advanced technical ear training, audio-visual correlation and internet music delivery.

Unique Program Features

  • Students refine their musical language and artistic voice through private instruction with some of Canada's most accomplished composers, all of whom have distinguished themselves through high-profile commissions, performances, recordings, and awards;
  • Faculty members have diverse interests that ensure composers will find a suitable mentor;
  • The School houses several performance spaces, research & production laboratories, and two libraries with a vast collection of music resources. It is also home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), an inter-institutional research centre containing six dedicated research labs and work spaces.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Department Contact

Graduate Program [at] (subject: PhD%20in%20Music) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 December 1 December 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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