24 months
4833 CAD/year
3717 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA and PhD programs in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland offer unique opportunities for individuals who are interested in researching music as a cultural practice.


Key facts

Course work in the programs provide instruction on contemporary approaches to theory and method in ethnomusicology, as well as deep engagements with ethnographic and historical studies of music and culture. 

Graduate study in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland is interdisciplinary, with courses offered through both the School of Music and the Department of Folklore. Our program features media production courses in radio and video.

The programs are housed at the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP), which boasts a Sundanese gamelan degung. MMaP draws world-renowned scholars through its Music & Culture Lecture Series, scholar-in-residence program, and international conferences. Many students enjoy active participation in the vibrant St. John’s traditional music scene.


  • The M.O. Morgan Music Building has two superb concert halls and a state-of-the-art electronic music laboratory. Linked to recording facilities, our concert halls are also equipped for high-end networked performance. 
  • The building features practice rooms with fresh air, large acoustically excellent rehearsal rooms, and a new fleet of Yamaha pianos. Students enjoy secure locker space and a comfortable student lounge. 
  • The Music Resource Centre houses our score and media collections overseen by a music librarian specialist and library assistant. Computers and worktables provide quiet study space just for music students. 
  • An excellent collection of music books and journals is housed on campus at the Queen Elizabeth II Library.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Career Skills for Musicians
  • Music Industries Internship 
  • Research Problems and Methods in Ethnomusicology
  • Survey of Folklore Genres and Processing
  • Folklore Theories
  • Ethnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s) (must be submitted by post mail or courier)
  • Two (2) letters of appraisal 
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional requirements (may be required).
  • Prerequisites may be necessary for your program of interest

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4833 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9666 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    3717 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7434 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Students: $5,718 per full programme


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