Music and Culture, M.A. | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Music and Culture MA program from Carleton University provides inquiring students with a unique opportunity to explore various theories of culture, of music, and of music as culture.


The Music and Culture MA program from Carleton University is grounded in the practices of various musics (classical, popular, non-Western) but conducted from a wide range of interdisciplinary theoretical approaches, including sociology, critical theory, feminism, post-colonialism, cultural studies and ethnomusicology.

Carleton students can access an unparalleled number of music collections and year-round cultural activities and festivals in the nation’s capital that are relevant to our program such as as the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Museum of History. Moreover, the city’s large immigrant communities and diplomatic representatives from around the world provide a stimulating context for studying a diversity of musical cultures. To date, music students have been placed in numerous practicum settings around Ottawa, including Library and Archives Canada, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, the CBC, ChamberFest and Hummingbird Music/Pebble Studios.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Canadian and First Nations music
  • Popular music
  • Historical musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music and media
  • Jazz and improvisation studies
  • Music and social justice
  • Music and globalization
  • Music and post-colonialism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Music and Culture
  • Music and Cultural Theory: Current Debates
  • Music and Cultural Theory: Intellectual Histories
  • Music and Identity
  • Music and Visual Culture
  • Technologies of Music
  • Music, Meaning and Representation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum requirement for admission to the Master's program in Music and Culture is either a B.Mus. degree or a B.A. Honours degree in Music with a minimum B+ average.
  • Applicants with a B.A. Honours in a related discipline (e.g., Mass Communication, Women's Studies, Philosophy, or Cultural Studies), with a minimum average of B+, will also be considered provided the applicant can demonstrate a strong background in some form of music.
  • Applicants without the requisite background in either cultural/theory or music may be required to take a maximum of two full credits from designated courses at the undergraduate level in addition to their normal M.A. program requirements.

Tuition Fee

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    18463 CAD/year
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    6657 CAD/year
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Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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