Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework + Thesis

Registration Options: 

Full-time: Program intended to be completed within 24 months


The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree program is a two-year, full-time program of applied and academic study. The program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in performance or composition, and to join a dynamic community of experienced and active professional musicians and scholars. In addition to required coursework, the M.Mus. involves master classes and lectures with visiting artists and numerous performance/recording and research opportunities on-campus and in the larger community of Lethbridge, culminating in a Thesis Project. Although grounded in classical music, students are encouraged to study broadly and synthesize their work into a personalized artistic expression.

Building on our reputation for excellent undergraduate education in performance, composition, and digital audio arts, the Master of Music offers students the opportunity to join a dynamic community of experienced and active professional musicians and scholars. It also involves master classes and lectures with visiting artists and numerous performance/recording opportunities on-campus and in the larger community of Lethbridge. The University provides substantial financial support to all full-time graduate students. Additional scholarships are also available once entered into the program.

Located in the University of Lethbridge Centre for the Arts, the Music Department is supported by numerous outstanding facilities and studios.

  • University Recital Hall with state-of-the-art acoustics
  • University Theatre – 450-seat proscenium theatre
  • 24/7 access to individual practice studios and 2 large ensemble rehearsal rooms
  • Steinway D concert grand pianos and a Yamaha S6 handmade grand and 50 rehearsal pianos
  • Canada’s most extensive percussion collection
  • Studio One – world-class recording studio
  • Studio Two – post-production studio
  • Music technology lab and audio editing suites
  • Professional audio gear loan centre

The program supports areas of study in a range of creative practices including:

  •    Composition & Digital Music Creation
  •    Collaborative Piano
  •    Music Production
  •    Percussion
  •    Piano
  •    Saxophone
  •    Trumpet
  •    Violin
  •    Voice

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Admission requirements

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. an undergraduate degree) in a related discipline from a recognized degree-granting institution
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses OR calculated on the most recently completed master’s degree if the applicant is applying for another master’s degree
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students

See here for information regarding international admission requirements. ​

Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see Supporting Documents for the Master of Music program below. If additional documents are required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact you. 

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date. Review our Dates and Deadlines page for information on relevant deadlines. 

Step 4: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, ELP test scores) are required prior to registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 5: Admission Decision Process

The departmental committee reviews your application and makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar’s Office no later than April 1 (February 1 deadline). 

*Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Admission Criteria

As program capacity is limited, students are admitted based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record and letters of recommendation
  • Additional Fine Arts submission requirements (by major) 
  • Recourses available for the proposed project
  • Financial support available 

Not all students who meet the minimum admission requirements will be admitted due to enrolment limitations. 

Supporting Documents for the Master of Music Program


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Reference Letters

Applicants to the Master of Music program are required to submit three (3) academic reference letters. You should have studied with at least two of your references. 

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

Please see our Supporting Documents page for detailed information regarding submitting reference letters.

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member
Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Music program must contain:

  • The direction of the applicant's current area of research and practice, and the specific nature of interest in the program and the discipline to which they are applying.
  • Maximum length is 1500 words.

You should address your letter to the School of Graduate Studies.

English Language Proficiency requirements for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 

Additional M.Mus. Requirements

Additional creative documents are required as part of the M.Mus. application and need to be submitted with the University application by the application deadline.

Online portfolio
Applicants submit s portfolio including material relevant to their area of studies. Applicants focusing on performance will submit a video that displays a professional level of repertoire. Applicants focusing on composition will submit scores and sound files.

Following review of the above documents, shortlisted applicants will be invited for a live audition of approximately 30 minutes that displays a professional level of repertoire. A short interview will occur following the audition. A placement test will also be given to assess the applicant's proficiency in Music Theory, Musicianship Skills, and Music History.

Applicants to the MMus program do not need to find a supervisor in advance of applying. Supervisors are not identified until after an application has been assessed by the departmental graduate education committee. Applicants can contact available faculty to discuss supervision prior to application, but it is not a requirement of the application.


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