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)
  • Processing fee ($72.59) and audition form: PDF icon 2021 INTERFACULTY AUDITION REQUEST FORM[PDF]
  • 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

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)

Submit these two application forms:

  1. Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva. 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. PDF icon Intrafaculty_Performance_Audition_Request [.pdf]
  3. Students who wish to transfer to B.Mus. Jazz Performance or add a second instrument in jazz (including jazz voice) must audition during the study break period in March.

Application period:

  • January 15 to February 15

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:
    • Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva
    • 2-3 samples of work
  • 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), the Music Education Area Chair.
  • Faculty Major / Faculty Jazz Major / Music History Major / Music Theory Major:
    • Intra-faculty transfer application through Minerva

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


This application is not available online.

Students in Satisfactory Standing

Students in satisfactory standing, who have not been registered in the Schulich School of Music for one or two terms, may return to the program in which they were previously registered upon permission of the School.

Those who have been out for longer than two terms may be readmitted upon permission of the School, subject to the student's previous record and current School limitations on enrolment, but will be required to re-audition.

Students who have completed their required practical examinations and are returning to fulfill academic courses are not required to re-audition.

Deadline Dates: Students wishing to return must submit a request in writing to the Student Affairs Office, giving a summary of their activities during their absence.

  • The deadline for the Winter session is November 15
  • The deadline for the Summer session is April 1
  • The deadline for the Fall session is January 15 (for students required to re-audition) or June 1 (no audition required)

Students who are uncertain of the re-audition regulations are urged to contact the Academic Advisor at (514)398-4541.


Students in Unsatisfactory Standing

Students in unsatisfactory standing must write to the Associate Dean of the Schulich School of Music no later than July 15 for readmission to the Fall term and November 15 for the Winter term. Appeals for readmission should include the following information:

  • State your personal contact information.
  • 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).


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