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Program Overview

The University of Regina's (UR) Department of Music has designed graduate-level programs for students pursuing careers as professional musicians and for individuals interested in the academic study of music and of its cultural and historical significance.
   The Department of Music delivers a Master of Music (MMus) program with concentrations in performance (focus on piano, voice or orchestral instruments), composition and conducting. The program encourages students to hone their technical skills through close interaction with experienced faculty members, while acquiring the academic acumen needed to adapt and thrive in the music industry. Students in all concentrations complete a set of core courses and electives as well as independent study and research; performance and conducting students culminate their experience in a final public recital or performance. Composition students submit as the thesis, a portfolio of works with differing instrumentation, including one major work. Oral exams are required during the same semester in which the final recital or composition portfolio is presented. Participation in one or more of the many performance groups organized by the department is mandatory for performance students and strongly encouraged for others. The Master of Arts (MA) in music theory or musicology is typically chosen by students preparing for a career in academia. Under the close supervision of a faculty member, each student chooses their specific research area, reflecting their own interests. In course work, MA students acquire advanced critical skills and a sound understanding of the historical context of research reflecting many music periods. Degree completion requirements include a thesis of original work and an oral exam.
   Small class sizes and one-on-one instruction allow students to experience meaningful contact with faculty members.

   MMus and MA programs normally require two years of full-time study to complete, and all students must complete studies within five years of beginning their program.


Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree with a GPA of 70 per cent or higher. Potential MA students must hold a BMus or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music history or theory in order to be considered for admission. MMus applicants are required to demonstrate their performance skills through an audition; audition requirements vary for each MMus concentration. Students applying for the composing concentration must submit a recent composition for evaluation. Vocalists must demonstrate acceptable singing ability in French, Italian and German. Applicants who are unable to travel to the UR campus for an audition should send authorized video and sound recordings. MA candidates must submit recent examples of their scholarly writing. All applicants must successfully complete written examinations in music theory and history before fall registration. Students found lacking fundamental skills may have to do remedial work before entering the program.
   Applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies & Research. Completed application forms must be accompanied by official academic transcripts, two letters of reference from individuals familiar with the student's academic education and experience and any additional materials such as videotapes, audiotapes and academic papers. All materials must be submitted by March 15.
   International students whose first language is not English will need a minimum score of 580 on the paper-based TOEFL or 237 (computer-based), an IELTS minimum score of 6.5, a CAEL score of 70, a MELAB score of 85, or a CANTest overall average of 4.75 (no individual score of less than 4).


  • MA and MMus programs are available in a wide range of disciplines
  • Dr. William Riddell Centre houses high-quality recording and research facilities
  • Programs foster close interaction with faculty members, emphasize independent research and encourage students to gain practical experience

Program Facts

Program Founded MM 1970, MA 1995
Program Start Dates Sept, Jan
Expected Length Master 2 yrs
Expected Length PhD n/a
# of Faculty 11
Annual Research Funding n/a

Study Options

Student Profile Masters

Students Applied/yr
Students Accepted/yr
Students Enrolled/yr 7
Total Program Enrolment
# of International Students

Student Profile - Doctorate

Students Applied/yr
Students Accepted/yr
Students Enrolled/yr
Total Program Enrolment 1
# of International Students

Admissions at a Glance

Application fee
$85 domestic
$100 international

Domestic Student Application Deadlines:
March 15 (fall semester); September 15 (winter semester)
International Student Application Deadlines:
March 15 (fall semester); September 15 (winter semester)
Minimum Academic Requirements:
BMus or BA (major in music history or theory), or equivalent, with an average of 70% or higher

Minimum English Requirements:
TOEFL 580 (pbt) or 237 (cbt), MELAB 85%, IELTS min. 6.5, CAEL 70%, or CANTest 4.75 overall

Annual Expenses (in C$)

Domestic Tuition:
Master $2,318
PhD n/a
International Student Tuition:
Master $2,518
PhD n/a

Buildings and Facilities

The Department of Music is housed in UR's Dr. William Riddell Centre, a facility that boasts exceptional teaching, resource and training facilities. In addition to a number of modern studio spaces, graduate music students work extensively in the electronic music studio equipped with Macintosh computer systems and advanced recording equipment. The John Archer Library is equipped with listening facilities, recordings, microfilms and a broad spectrum of scores, collected works and music texts. Music students also have access to a number of exceptional performance facilities including Recital Hall, Darke Hall and the 400-seat University Theatre.
   The music department’s close relationship with other fine arts departments located in the centre cultivates an exciting interdisciplinary environment that allows students to learn with a wide range of resources and facilities, such as the new Electro-acoustic Composition and Creation Lab and the New Media Studio.

Expenses and Financial Support

The per-credit tuition for domestic students is approximately $166.66, for a total tuition cost of $2,318 and $2,518 for international students based on twelve credit hours per year.
   A limited number of teaching assistantships and scholarships are available to qualified students who are enrolled full-time. Teaching assistantships allow graduate students to gain valuable teaching experience while earning a stipend that can be used towards tuition and other costs. Students should contact the department or the graduate office for complete information. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Available scholarships include Canada and US Fulbright Scholarships, Canada Council Scholarships and SSHRC funding.

International Students

The International Students' Adviser provides assistance to international students on various administrative issues, and offers counselling for health insurance, registration, immigration, work permits and personal issues. The adviser also refers international students to ethnic professionals, organizations and service clubs.
   International Student Services offers an airport meet-and-greet program for incoming international students.
   The on-campus International Students' Association promotes international goodwill and organizes many social events, which provide opportunities for international students to experience Canadian culture and life in Saskatchewan.
   UR's English as a Second Language (ESL) Centre offers a range of programs designed to improve students' English language proficiency. Completion of the advanced level satisfies the university's English language admission requirement. The ESL Centre offers four sessions of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Each session takes 200 hours to complete.    Saskatchewan is one of only three provinces in Canada to provide full health benefits for international students. However, students are still encouraged to purchase additional insurance to cover some costs that are not included in the Health Services Insurance Plan.

Showcase Opportunities

• Chamber Singers
• Concert Band
• Concert Choir
• Jazz Band
• Orchestra

Research Areas

• Composition
• Conducting
• Music theory
• Musicology
• Performance


  • Cavanagh, L. PhD, British Columbia
  • Channing, L. Dip of Opera, London Opera Center
  • Finnsson, K. MMus, North Texas
  • Ghiglione, B. MMusEd, Victoria
  • Minevich, P. PhD, Western Ontario
  • Mitchell, A. MMus, Temple
  • Perron, Alain. PhD, Krakow Academy of Music
  • Reul, B. PhD, Victoria
  • Raum, R. MMus, New England Conservatory
  • Vanderkooy, C. DMA, McGill
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