University of Alberta

M.A. On Campus
24 months
10500 CAD/year
5575 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Alberta offers the M.Mus. degree with a specialization in Composition, and the D. Mus degree with composition as an area of concentration. Students work closely with faculty members who specialize in modern composition for acoustic media, electroacoustic or electronic media, computer music programming, hardware and software experimentation, and improvisation. 


Normally, University of Alberta M.Mus. degree with a specialization in Composition students receive regularly scheduled professional, public performances of their works, and have access to technological resources for a variety of modes of electroacoustic composition and performance; included here are resources for live electronics performance, field recording, multichannel diffusion, hardware prototyping for circuit bending, and human interface design (HCI).

The programme

In addition to the above, graduate students in composition are encouraged to explore alternative performance opportunities, with possibilities here including: the University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Contempo New Music Ensemble, as well as non-Western ensembles and the XiME Experimental Improvisation Ensemble. 

The Department also includes opportunities for composers to interface with graduate and faculty scholars in the areas of musicology, theory, and ethnomusicology. Students are also encouraged to seek collaborative opportunities with students in Art & Design, Drama, Humanities Computing, Industrial Design and the many other Departments on the University's large and diverse campus.Progressive, non-standard approaches to the sonic arts are encouraged. 

Graduate students in composition are encouraged to engage in a diverse and inclusive approach to contemporary musical creation and performance. It is expected that the student develop both a compositional 'voice' and mature artistic practice, and gain proficiency with various advanced techniques relating directly to both acoustic and electronic media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Computer Applications to Music 
  • Advanced Studies in Avant Garde 
  • Seminar in Music Analysis 
  • Advanced Composition 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. 
  • An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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