Apply in 5 Steps: Sound Recording M.Mus.

Already prepared? Go straight to uApply, the online application form.

Step 1: Connect

Contact richard.king [at] (Prof. Richard King) if you have questions about the program or [at] (email our admissions staff) for help applying.

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1a. Bookmark admission dates and deadlines

Application opens Deadline to apply for fall admission Admission decisions sent to applicants
October 1 December 1 (all applicants) February to March

If you've missed the deadline, [at] (email our admissions staff). Late applications may be cancelled without refund and may not be considered for entrance scholarships/financial aid.

1b. 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 music, or its equivalent, from a university recognized by McGill.
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses, or their equivalents
  • 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

Find out about funding and financial aid opportunities, cost of living and tuition fees.

Step 3: Prepare application materials

You will need to submit the following when you apply:

  1. Online uApply application and application fee.
  2. Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (if you are currently a McGill student, you are exempt).
  4. Personal statement: Describe your reasons for applying to the Sound Recording M.Mus. program at McGill University. Include qualifications, qualities or circumstances that are significant. Describe your research interests, your professional goals, your expectations of the program and your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV): An overview of your sound recording studies and experience along with other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, honours, awards, contributions and significant achievements (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
  6. Proof of English language proficiency, if required.
  7. A 30 to 60 minute demo of your recorded music. Upload audio samples (.wav format strongly suggested) directly to the Schulich School of Music’s upload page.
  8. A technical description(s) of the recording(s) you are submitting. This description should include the technical set-up, a discussion of the problems encountered, the solutions to these problems, and an evaluation of the results. Upload written technical descriptions to Sound Recording Descriptions in your application (PDF format, maximum 25 MB). 

Step 4: Apply online

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $125.71 online. After this, you will get an email confirming that you have successfully applied and that you can upload your supporting materials.
  5. Upload your supporting material, except for your demo, to uApply.
  6. Upload your demo, and your technical description(s) if the PDF file is too large for uApply, directly to the Schulich School of Music upload page.
  7. Arrange for submission of proof of English language proficiency to McGill, if required.

Step 5: Accept

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