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Composition, MMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Musicology (with Composition) program of University of Victoria, British Columbia hosts numerous, accomplished composers involved in both the creation and research of music composition, including jazz and improvisational idioms. Their works are performed at major festivals and concert venues both nationally and internationally.

As a graduate student composer at UVic, you'll have the opportunity to hear your music performed at:

  • composer concerts
  • colloquia & workshops
  • reading sessions with guest artists
  • the annual West Coast Student Composers Symposium
  • the annual UVic Orchestra Reading Session

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individual Tuition in Composition
  • Music Composition
  • Seminar in Composition
  • Seminar in Performance of New Music
  • Seminar in Contemporary Composition and Performance
  • MMus Graduating Compositions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Start by reviewing the graduate school admission requirements; then view the additional requirements for our graduate music programs.
  • Some programs have audition requirements.
  • Applicants are generally expected to have a BMus or BA in Music.
  • Applicants should have at least a B+ (or 6/9) average during the last two years of undergraduate study; all students must meet the University minimum academic requirements.
  • Most of our degrees require two years of resident study, a final project/recital, and an oral examination (see our detailed course requirements).
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4974 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2487 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3944 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1972 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Per term:
  • $1,972 (domestic)
  • $2,487 (international)

Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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