M.A. On Campus


York University

24 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music MA program at York University focuses on musicology and ethnomusicology as well as composition, giving particular but not exclusive emphasis to North American music, including jazz and urban popular music, religious music, concert music, and folk music in rural and urban localities.


Special prominence is given to ethnomusicology, contemporary concert music, jazz and South Indian music, as well as popular music.

Music professors at the Music MA program offered by York University include ethnomusicologists, music historians, music theorists and composers.

You'll have access to a wide range of specialized facilities and resources including: analogue and digital piano labs; piano/practice modules; ethnomusicology and jazz archives, York’s Sound & Moving Image Library; and popular music archives.

Streams and Specializations:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musicology
  • Composition (MA only)
  • Popular music
  • Jazz

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Composition
  • Private Lessons in Composition
  • Jazz Composition
  • Jazz Theory
  • Problems and Methods of Musical Research
  • Canadian Music: Repertoires, Practices and Interpretation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of intent (500 words), including Grad Course List
  • Two samples of scholarly writing
  • Resumé/CV

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6275 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1435 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • Domestic part time: $717
  • International part time: $3,137

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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