Program Transfer and Re-admission

You may apply for a transfer in music major within the Schulich School of Music (known as Intra-Faculty Transfer), or for a program transfer to another Faculty (known as Inter-Faculty Transfer) while pursuing the Bachelor of Music or the Licentiate in Music.

Students who have been out of the music program for more than three consecutive semesters may apply for re-admission to the program.


Inter-Faculty Transfer

Who should apply?

If you are registered in a degree program at McGill and wish to transfer for the Fall term to the Schulich School of Music, you must submit by [at] (email) or in person, the following supporting documents to the Music Admissions Office in the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 7th Floor prior to January 15. The forms listed below must be submitted simultaneously.

  • Inter-Faculty Transfer Form (Available on Minerva)
  • Audition Submission Form
  • Music Applicant Additional Information [.pdf]
  • You must arrange to have your teachers/referees submit a Reference Letter emailed directly by the referee to this address: [at]
  • Composition applicants: Submit at least 2 or 3 of your compositions (written score). Recordings of those compositions are also welcomed (mp3). You can also provide other “composition-related” works like advanced harmony exercises, arrangements, orchestrations or papers written about composition (analysis, presentations, etc.). We encourage you to provide a short statement of interest on the application. Samples must be submitted online through our music upload page.
  • Music Education applicants: Submit a letter from a teacher, etc. attesting to your potential as a music educator. The letter must be [at] (emailed) directly by the referee to this address: [at] [at] (.)
  • All voice types and Jazz Instrument applicants: You must submit screening material. Visit our auditions webpage for details.

Admission is competitive, and students who meet the minimum requirements are not necessarily guaranteed acceptance. Decisions are made by the Schulich School of Music Admissions Committee based on the whole academic record, the audition evaluation, the Statement of Intent, and the availability of places in a particular instrument and/or program.

N.B.: Students wishing to add a second degree (e.g. B.A. and B.MUS.) should indicate their intention to pursue two degrees in the comments section of the Inter-Faculty Transfer application form.

Intra-Faculty Transfer

Students currently registered in an undergraduate program in the Schulich School of Music may apply to transfer to a different program in the same faculty.

If you are currently registered in a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or a Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) program and wish to transfer to a different music program/major or add a second music major, follow the instructions for your transfer type below:

From any Schulich School of Music program to a Performance major

Who this applies to:

  • Students changing their performance major (for example, from B.Mus. Piano Performance to B.Mus. Jazz Performance or from B.Mus. to L.Mus.)
  • Students transferring from a B.Mus. non-performance program to a B.Mus. performance major
  • Students adding a 2nd major offered though the Performance Department (for example, B.Mus. Performance - Orchestral Instruments + Early Music Performance Major)
  • Students applying for elective lessons in a 2nd instrument (e.g. B.Mus. Piano Performance + elective lessons in jazz piano)

All applicants must submit an intra-faculty transfer application AND a taped video recording before the application deadline. All requests are subject to an audition fee. The audition fee varies each year. Current audition fee is found under Schulich School of Music fees on the Student Accounts website.

Submit these two application forms:

  1. Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva.
    Minerva > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer/Readmission Menu

    If you are applying to add a 2nd major or to take elective lessons in a 2nd instrument, indicate this in the comments section of the form.
  2. Audition Submission Form
    Applicants will upload taped video recordings with the Audition Submission Form before February 28, 2021. The accepted media formats are MP4 (recommended), AVI, MOV, or WMV (accepted).

*The audition repertoire material is the same as for Admissions. Details can be found here.

Application period:

  • January 15 to February 28, 2021

Application Result:

  • The application result will be communicated via McGill email around mid-March.

From any Schulich School of Music program to a non-performance major

Who this applies to:

  • Students in a B.Mus. or L.Mus. program transferring to one of these B.Mus. majors: Composition, Music Education, Music Theory, Music History, Faculty or Faculty Jazz
  • Students adding a second major offered through the Music Research Department (for example, a B.Mus. Performance - Orchestral Instruments + a Music History major)

Application materials:

  • Composition Major:
  • Music Education Major:
    • Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva
    • A letter of reference from someone attesting to your suitability for teaching
    • A letter of intent explaining why you want to become a certified music teacher
    • You must meet with lisa.lorenzino [at] (Lisa Lorenzino), Music Education Area Chair.
  • Faculty Major / Faculty Jazz Major / Music History Major / Music Theory Major:
    • Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva

Note: If you are applying to add a second Music Research major, indicate this in the comments section of the intra-faculty transfer form.

Application period:

  • January 15 to February 15 - Composition Major applicants
  • April 15 to June 1 - other applicants

Program readmission

Seeking Readmission

  • Students who have been absent from a program for one or more academic term(s) is considered inactive, and therefore unable to register for courses. In order to resume your studies after a period of absence, you are required to submit a readmission request on Minerva.
  • Students who have been approved an official Leave of Absence are exempt from seeking a program readmission when they are ready to resume studies in the subsequent semester or academic year. Students currently on Leave of Absence should email [at] to reinstate the student status so they can register for courses.
  • Students seeking program readmission must be in satisfactory academic standing.
  • Students who are seeking readmission to a performance program, but have not yet completed the performance requirements (such as the practical exams) for the degree/diploma are required to audition. We only accept fall admission for applicants who are required to pass another audition.

Application dates

For all B.Mus. and L.Mus. programs

Those who are not required to audition Those who are required to audition
Fall 2021: Apr 1, 2021 – Jun 1, 2021 Fall 2021: Nov 15, 2020 – Jan 15, 2021
Fall 2022: Nov 15, 2021 – Jan 15, 2022
Winter 2022: Oct 1, 2021 – Dec 1, 2022

*Winter readmission requests from applicants who need to re-audition are not accepted.

Summer 2022: Feb 1, 2022 – April 1, 2022 *Summer readmission requests from applicants who need to re-audition are not accepted.

Application Procedures

  1. Submit a readmission request on Minerva.
    Login to Minerva and select: Students > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer and Readmission Menu
  2. State the reasons for your absence from the program under “Student Comments” on the Minerva application form. Supporting documents to validate absence, if applicable, should be emailed to [at] with the subject title, “Program Readmission Request”. In the email, clearly state your full legal name, the semester and program for which you are seeking readmission.
  3. If you are required to audition, you may only apply for fall readmission before the January 15th application deadline. Auditions generally take place in February or March.
    Audition repertoire material is the same as for Admissions, which can be found here.
    An audition fee (see Schulich School of Music fees) will be charged. Our office will email you the audition detail once you have submitted the Minerva application form.
  4. Check the status of your application on a regular basis. A final decision, “Faculty Approved” or “Faculty Refused”, will be entered on Minerva. If your application is approved, you MUST accept or decline the readmission offer on Minerva within two weeks from the date you receive the notification.
    The readmission application will be cancelled if you fail to respond by the deadline. No refund will be issued for the audition fee.
  5. You will receive an online program audit (OPA) detailing the courses remaining for the program after you have accepted the readmission offer.
  6. Once you are reinstated in the program, you may register.
  7. Please note you must clear holds on your records before you can register. The program readmission decision is made independently of the types of holds (e.g. outstanding fees & library fines, invalid immigration documents, etc.) you may carry.
  8. You will be subject to the revised tuition rate at time of readmission. Visit Student Accounts for fee detail.
  9. If you are an international student, please ensure your immigration documents are valid before you resume studies at McGill. Visit legal documents for more information. Contact International Student Services if you need advice on how to extend your study permit and the Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ).

Note: If you have problems logging in Minerva, consult McGill’s IT helpdesk to seek assistance.

Students in Unsatisfactory Standing seeking readmission

  • Students whose CGPA is below a 2.0, and/or have broken the program specific academic requirements, are asked to provide additional information on the Minerva form in support of the readmission request.
  • Applicants follow the same application periods and procedures as those with satisfactory academic standing. See “Application Dates” and “Application Procedures” above.
  • Under “Student Comments” section on the Minerva application form, state the following:
  • Describe the extenuating circumstances which affected your academic performance.
  • Explain how the problems you experienced would be under control or no longer applicable if you were readmitted.
  • Provide a summary of your activities while you were away and indicate whether you studied elsewhere during this time.
  • Provide supporting documents (e.g. doctor's letter, employer's letter, transcripts if you have studied elsewhere during your absence) by email to [at]
  • If your application is approved, you must meet with a Program Advisor before registering. Visit the Advising website to set up an appointment.
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