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.

A comprehensive university with solid undergraduate and growing graduate programs located a short drive from Calgary, the United States border, and the Rocky Mountains in the prosperous and culturally active city of Lethbridge, the University of Lethbridge is committed to creativity, inquiry, and discovery. It values and supports research, scholarship, and creative work, and encourages students at all levels to become involved.

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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1. Prepare requirements

Master of Music Application Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level semester courses.
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Required documents

  • Academic transcripts
  • Three academic references
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent (maximum length is 1500 words)
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)
  • Additional Music Application Requirements

Program Capacity
As program capacity is limited, student admitted will meet the following criteria:

  • Academic record and letters of recommendation
  • Additional Fine Arts submission requirements
  • Resources available for proposed project
  • Financial support available
 2. Submit University application

Submit online application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.


Items submitted as part of University Application

  • Unofficial Academic transcripts
  • Three references
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)


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

3. Provide official academic documents

Arrange for official documents to be submitted directly by the host institution unless covered through ApplyAlberta. This may include:

  • Official academic transcripts, including proof of graduation for the baccalaureate degree and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work
  • ELP test score
4. Submit additional requirements

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

Online Portfolio

Submits a 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.

5. Admission decision process

No application will receive formal consideration until all documents are received.

The Departmental Graduate Committee reviews each 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).

All information can be found in the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, which is the official guide agreement to be used if any discrepancies exist between this site and the document

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

Finding a Supervisor

Applicants to the MFA 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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