Music: Music MA, Music and Health Sciences Field

Master of Arts

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A bachelor of music or bachelor of music therapy degree with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years, or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university. Applicants who have taken courses in music therapy, psychology, kinesiology, and/or rehabilitation science are preferred. Applicants whose undergraduate degree does not meet this standard may be required to take appropriate prerequisite courses.

  • Selected applicants will be scheduled for an interview. Depending on circumstances, an assigned essay may be substituted for the interview with faculty approval.

  • Two letters of reference commenting on the applicant’s professional performance and promise.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] as follows:

    • Required courses (3.0 FCEs)

      • One of the following quantitative methods research courses (0.5 FCE), approved by the advisor:

        • CHL 5201H Biostatistics I

        • NUR 1075H Introductory Statistics for Health Sciences Research

        • REH 1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation

        • JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics

      • MUS 7412H Elementary Improvisation Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • MUS 7110H Neurosciences of Music (0.5 FCE)

      • Three of the following courses (1.5 FCEs):​

        • MUS 4248H Optimizing the Singing Mind

        • MUS 4613H Performance Techniques for Hospice Palliative Care

        • MUS 7400H Introduction to Music in Health Care

        • MUS 7406H Music Psychology

        • MUS 7415H Topics in Music and Health I

        • MUS 7416H Topics in Music and Health II

    • Elective courses (1.0 FCEs) from health-related music courses or from health-related departments as approved by the advisor. Students may choose to enrol in a recommended collaborative specialization during their study, such as the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course or the Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience. The course(s) taken as part of the collaborative specialization may count towards this elective requirement.

  • All students are assigned a faculty advisor.

  • Students must pass, by the end of Year 1, a comprehensive examination (oral) in music and health, based on four selected essays representing a cohesive research direction. Two attempts to complete the exam are permitted. If the second attempt is unsuccessful, the department will recommend termination of the student’s program.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time