Music (MA)

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Length of program

Full-time: 24 months

Mode of delivery

In person

Program consists of:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework
  • Co-op (optional)



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Program description

The Music Department offers a thesis-based Master of Arts with a specialization in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and the digital audio arts. The MA program provides students with the opportunity to develop a specialized research project, while critically engaging with innovative, interdisciplinary music scholarship. The MA program strives to produce outstanding scholars, educators, and professionals whose research addresses the political, social, historical, and technological contexts that inform music practices and their meanings.

Students are typically required to complete six 3-credit courses (a total of 18 approved credits), including a course in theory and methods, and a thesis. Courses can include independent studies, advanced undergraduate courses adapted for graduate students (in Music or other relevant areas), and courses drawn from the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Students work closely with their supervisory committee to develop a program of study based on their research interests and methodology. The University of Lethbridge’s MA with music specialization is unique for its flexibility, allowing students to develop a program of study that fits their needs and goals.

First Year

In the first year of the program students take 18 approved course credits (i.e., 6 one-term courses). A maximum of 9 credits may be taken outside of the Music Department. Proficiency in a second language relevant to students’ research is strongly recommended. Students are required to complete a thesis proposal by the end of their first year.

Second Year

During their second year, students work intensively with their primary supervisor and committee to develop and defend their thesis projects. Theses require in-depth original research on the topic under investigation.

The Music Department includes faculty whose research emerges from diverse methodological and theoretical traditions. Areas of specialization include:

  • Musicology
  • Music theory
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Digital Audio Arts

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Finding a supervisor

Prospective students must secure a supervisor before applying. Faculty members may not be accepting students or may only be accepting students in specific areas within musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, or the digital audio arts. Students should have a strong background in music, either through an undergraduate degree in Music or significant experience as a practitioner (in any tradition). Formal writing skills are also a critical component for the successful completion of the degree.

Faculty members in this area include:

Additional supervisors may be available. Visit our Search Supervisors webpage for more information.