Music Graduate Studies Costs

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Tuition fees

Fees for 2021-22 are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec. Revised figures will be posted on the official tuition and fee costs website when available.

Calculate official tuition and fee costs based on your residency status and the music program you are interested in, or look at our multi-year tuition estimates for Canadian, international and Quebec students:

M.A. tuition fees

These tuition estimates are guidelines only. Fees are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec.

The actual rates for 2021-22 might be more or less than our estimates, but are subject to government changes.

*Health insurance is included in "Other Fees."

Anticipated cost for a Canadian student in the M.A. Non-thesis program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $8,186 $2,025 $10,211
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $4,093 $1,326 $5,419
Non-thesis evaluation semester

Winter yr 2

$1,190 $475 $1,665
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $17,295

 

Anticipated cost for a Canadian student in the M.A. (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $8,186 $2,025 $10,211
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $4,093 $1,326 $5,419
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $17,025

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.A. Non-thesis program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $24,500 $2,778 $27,278
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $12,250 $2,079 $14,329
Non-thesis evaluation semester Winter yr 2 $1,190 $475 $1,665
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $43,272

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.A. (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $17,962 $2,777 $20,739
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $8,981 $2,078 $11,059
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $33,193

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.A. (thesis) program awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for the first year of study (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $2,777 $5,401
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $8,981 $2,078 $11,059
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $17,855

 

Anticipated cost for a Quebec student in the M.A. Non-thesis program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $1,312 $1,325 $2,637
Non-thesis evaluation semester Winter yr 2 $1,190 $475 $1,665
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $8,950

 

Anticipated cost for a Quebec student in the M.A. (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $1,312 $1,325 $2,637
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $8,680

M.Mus. tuition fees

These tuition estimates are guidelines only. Fees are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec.

The actual rates for 2021-22 might be more or less than our estimates, but are subject to government changes

*Health insurance is included in "Other Fees."

Anticipated cost for a Quebec student in the M.Mus. Composition (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $1,312 $1,325 $2,637
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $8,680

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.Mus. Composition (thesis) program, awarded a differential fee waiver for the 1st year of study (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $1,312 $1,325 $2,637
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $8,680

 

Anticipated cost for an International student in the M.Mus. Composition (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $17,962 $2,777 $20,739
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $8,981 $2,078 $11,059
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $33,193

 

Anticipated cost for a Canadian student in the M.Mus. Composition (thesis) program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $8,186 $2,025 $10,211
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $4,093 $1,326 $5,419
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $397 $1,191
Thesis evaluation semester Summer yr 2 $0 $204 $204
Total anticipated cost for M.A. degree $17,025

 

Anticipated cost for a Canadian student in the M.Mus. Performance program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $8,186 $3,235 $11,421
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $4,093 $1,931 $6,024
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $1,002 $1,796
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $19,241

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.Mus. Performance program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $17,962 $3,987 $21,949
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $8,981 $2,683 $11,644
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $1,002 $1,796
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $35,409

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.Mus. Performance program, awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for the first year of study (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $3,987 $6,611
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $8,981 $2,683 $11,664
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $1,002 $1,796
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $20,071

 

Anticipated cost for a Quebec student in the M.Mus. Performance program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session (2 semesters) 1 $2,624 $3,234 $5,858
Full-time semester Fall yr 2 $1,312 $1,930 $3,242
Additional semester Winter yr 2 $794 $1,002 $1,796
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $10,896

 

Anticipated cost for a Canadian student in the M.Mus. Sound Recording program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $8,186 $2,025 $10,211
Full-time session 2 $8,186 $2,025 $10,211
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $20,422

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the M.Mus. Sound Recording program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $24,500 $2,778 $27,278
Full-time session 2 $24,500 $2,778 $27,278
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $54,556

 

Anticipated cost for a Quebec student in the M.Mus. Sound Recording program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Total anticipated cost for M.Mus. degree $9,296

D.Mus. tuition fees

These tuition estimates are guidelines only. Fees are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec.

The actual rates for 2021-22 might be more or less than our estimates, but are subject to government changes.

*Health insurance is included in "Other Fees."

Anticipated costs for a Quebec/Canadian student in the D.Mus. Composition program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree).  All figures in CAD: 

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 4 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Additional session 5 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Additional session 6 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $970 $970
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $22,824

 

Anticipated costs for an international student in the D.Mus. Composition program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree).  All figures in CAD: 

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 3 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,723 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $67,839

 

Anticipated costs for an international student in the D.Mus. Composition program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 and awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for year 1 and 2 of study.  All figures in CAD: 

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,778 $5,402
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $2,778 $5,402
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,723 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $40,843

 

Anticipated costs for a Canadian student in the D.Mus. Performance program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree) and including private lessons spread out over 3 years (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $3,234 $5,858
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $3,234 $5,858
Full-time session 4 $2,624 $3,234 $5,858
Additional session 5 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $21,529

 

Anticipated costs for an international student in the D.Mus. Performance program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree), and including private lessons spread out over 3 years (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $16,122 $3,988 $20,110
Full-time session 3 $16,122 $3,988 $20,110
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $3,988 $20,110
Additional session 5 $2,381 $3,537 $5,918
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $66,248

 

Anticipated costs for an international student in the D.Mus. Performance program, admitted to D.Mus. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree) and awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for year 1 and 2 of study, and including private lessons spread out over 3 years (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $3,988 $6,612
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $3,988 $6,612
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $3,988 $20,110
Additional session 5 $2,381 $3,537 $5,918
Total anticipated cost for DMus. degree $39,252

Ph.D. tuition fees

These tuition estimates are guidelines only. Fees are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec.

The actual rates for 2021-22 might be more or less than our estimates, but are subject to government changes.

*Health insurance is included in "Other Fees."

Anticipated cost for a Canadian/Quebec student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 1 (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 4 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Additional session 5 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Additional session 6 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $970 $970
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $27,472

 

Anticipated cost for a Canadian/Quebec student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree).  All figures in CAD:

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Full-time session 4 $2,624 $2,024 $4,648
Additional session 5 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Additional session 6 $2,381 $1,574 $3,955
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $970 $970
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $22,824

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 1 (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 2 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 3 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,723 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $86,739

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 1 and awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for the first two years of study (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $2,624 $2,778 $5,295
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,778 $5,295
Full-time session 3 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,309 $2,318 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,309 $2,318 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,723 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $64,451

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree).  All figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 3 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,73 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $67,839

 

Anticipated cost for an international student in the Ph.D. program, admitted to Ph.D. year 2 (generally applicable to students with a Master's degree) and awarded a Differential Fee Waiver for the first two years of study (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 2 $2,624 $2,778 $5,402
Full-time session 3 $2,624 $2,778 $5,402
Full-time session 4 $16,122 $2,778 $18,900
Additional session 5 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Additional session 6 $2,381 $2,327 $4,708
Thesis evaluation (1 semester) 7 $0 $1,723 $1,723
Total anticipated cost for Ph.D. degree $40,843

Diploma tuition fees

These tuition estimates are guidelines only. Fees are normally adjusted every year, depending on governmental decisions in Quebec.

The actual rates for 2021-22 might be more or less than our estimates, but are subject to government changes.

*Health insurance is included in "Other Fees."

Anticipated costs for a Canadian student in a diploma program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $8,186 $3,235 $11,421
Total anticipated cost for a diploma $11,421

 

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $24,500 $3,988 $28,488
Total anticipated cost for a diploma $28,488

 

Anticipated costs for a Quebec student in a diploma program (all figures in CAD):

  Year Tuition fee Other fees* Total per session
Full-time session 1 $2,624 $3,235 $5,859
Total anticipated cost for a diploma $5,859
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