Doctor of Music (D.Mus.); Music — Composition

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Offered by: Music     Degree: Doctor of Music

Program Requirements

A minimum of two years' residence is required beyond the M.Mus. in Composition, or its equivalent. Details concerning the comprehensive examinations, composition performance, thesis, and academic regulations are available from the Graduate Coordinator, Schulich School of Music or from the Music Graduate Handbook (

Additional prerequisite courses may be assigned to candidates in Composition, Music Education, Music Theory, Music Technology, and Musicology following transcript review and/or placement exams.


The thesis is a musical composition of major dimensions together with a written analysis of the work. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination.

Required Courses (12 credits)

12 credits (two years) of:

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Four approved 3-credit graduate electives or the equivalent.

Composition Performance

The candidate must present a concert of his/her compositions. With the permission of the Composition Area Committee, the compositions may be presented as parts of two or three concerts, or as a list of national and international performances since the student began his/her residency.

Schulich School of Music—2012-2013 (last updated Jan. 8, 2013) (disclaimer)