Step 1: Connect
Contact lisa.barg [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Lisa Barg) if you have questions about the program or graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (email our admissions staff) for help applying.
Visit us or talk with our recruitment.music [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Getting%20in%20Touch%20with%20a%20Student%20Ambassador) (student ambassadors) anytime about the university and student life in Montreal.
1a. Explore the program and faculty profiles
Make sure this program meets your needs and find out what Musicology faculty members are working on. Depending on your interests, you might want to explore profiles in other areas too. It's not mandatory, but we encourage you to discuss your interests with a potential supervisor before applying.
You can find tips about connecting with a potential supervisor on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website.
1b. Bookmark admission dates and deadlines
|Application opens||Deadline to apply for fall admission||Admission decisions sent to applicants|
|September 15||December 1 (all applicants)||February to March|
If you've missed the deadline, graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (email our admissions staff). Late applications may be cancelled without refund and may not be considered for entrance scholarships/financial aid.
1c. Meet minimum admission requirements
Acceptance into this program is competitive and the final admissions decision rests with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. To be considered, you should have:
- A bachelor's degree in musicology, or its equivalent, from a university recognized by McGill.
- 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.
- Proficiency in English, the primary language of instruction at McGill.
Step 2: Check costs and funding options
Step 3: Prepare application materials
You will need to submit the following when you apply:
- Online uApply application and application fee.
- Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
- Two letters of recommendation (if you are currently a McGill student, you are exempt).
- Personal statement: Describe your reasons for applying to the Musicology M.A. program at McGill University. Include qualifications, qualities or circumstances that are significant. Describe your research interests, your expectations of the program and your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV): An overview of your experience and other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, honours, awards, contributions and significant achievements (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
- Two recent essays (in English or French), preferably one historical and one analytical. Each essay must be a minimum of 1,500 words (6 typed pages, double spaced). Combine them into one PDF file and upload to Written Work in your application (maximum size 8 MB).
- Your supervisor preference (optional).
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required.
Step 4: Apply online
- Get your supporting materials together. Please apply by December 1st and upload your documents by December 15th. Documents are uploaded after you file your application.
- If this is your first time using uApply (McGill's online application form), create an account. You will be given a username and password for future use.
- Complete the admission application in uApply. During this stage, provide the names and valid institutional email addresses of the people providing your letters of recommendation. McGill will contact them directly.
- Pay the non-refundable application fee of $120.99 online. After this, you will get an email confirming that you have successfully applied and that you can upload your supporting materials.
- Upload your supporting material to uApply.
- Arrange for submission of proof of English language proficiency to McGill, if required.
Step 5: Accept
Already applied and trying to track your application status? Newly admitted? Take the next steps.