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Considering Schulich for your graduate studies?

At the Schulich School of Music of McGill, you can help bring music to life in one of our 24 graduate programs in research and performance.

Graduate Admissions in Music

At the Schulich School of Music, you will join a cohort of talented musicians from around the world and train with some of the best professors and performers in their musical areas. Follow these steps to find a program that's right for you and apply:

Note: As of September 2023, screening is no longer required for applicants to the MMUS, GDP, or Art Dip programs for classical voice or early music voice.

1. Explore

Discover what we do. Our graduate programs cover everything from jazz performance to early music research. Review our many areas of study and find the one that's best for you. Contact the coordinator of your intended area of study to learn more about the program options.

2. Connect

Find a supervisor or teacher. Your education will require hands-on guidance from one of our many talented faculty members. Browse our faculty profiles to find the person best suited to you and your studies.

For doctoral programs, applicants are expected to contact a potential supervisor to discuss their interests before applying. For other graduate programs, this is not mandatory. But we encourage you to discuss your interests with a potential supervisor or teacher before submitting your application.

Contact the [at] (graduate admissions office) with any questions. We’re happy to book an appointment with you in person, over the phone, or via video call to answer your questions or concerns.

3. Check our minimum admission requirements

Your desired program will have a robust set of admission requirements. At minimum, applicants are expected to have the following:

All students. McGill University requires a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in your last two years of full-time studies. Applicants to the Schulich School of Music must also provide proof of their English proficiency.

Master’s programs. To apply to our master’s programs, you will require an undergraduate degree in the same music discipline to which you are applying, or its equivalent, from a university recognised by McGill.

Doctoral programs. To apply for our doctoral programs, you must hold a Master’s degree in the same music discipline to which you are applying.

Diploma programs. To apply to the Graduate Diploma in Performance, you must hold a Bachelor’s of Music degree. For the Post-Graduate Artist Diploma, applicants must have at least a Master’s of Music degree.

Note: for graduate programs in Music Technology, applicants with a background in Music Technology or a related scientific or technological field (engineering, computer science, psychology, physics, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Applicants who are unsure of their eligibility for a given program should contact the [at] (Graduate Admissions Office).

4. Apply by December 15 (extended from Dec. 1)

All prospective students should submit their applications and pay applicable fees by December 15. To do so, you must:

5. Upload all your supporting documents by December 15.

  • Performance programs: If you have selected a recorded audition in your application, upload your video by Dec. 15.

6. On-campus auditions (performance programs only)

  • Review the required repertoire for your audition.
  • Save the date of your audition. The 2024 audition pages are available here. Review them carefully and plan accordingly. We cannot accommodate live auditions on alternative dates. If multiple dates are listed for your instrument and you have a preference, [at] (please contact us) as soon as possible.
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