Applications are accepted throughout the year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Mus.2 years
M.A.2 years

Graduate degrees in Music at the University of Saskatchewan are an opportunity for students to do intensive one-on-one study with experienced scholars and performing artists in the areas of piano, voice, trumpet, saxophone, conducting/music education, musicology, theory, and composition. Each program culminates in a project (recitals) or thesis, depending on the discipline and degree.  Courses are carefully tailored to each student by the graduate committee to complement studies in the major areas.

The Department of Music offers programs in composition, music theory, and performance leading to the Master of Music (M.Mus.) and in musicology leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees. The Master of Music in Performance includes specializations in piano, voice, trumpet, saxophone, or conducting/music education (choral or wind emphasis). The M.Mus. program in Performance requires 24 credit units, and is project-based. The M.Mus and M.A. programs in composition, music theory, and musicology require 21 credit units plus a thesis. Certain areas of concentration also include the successful completion of a comprehensive examination and a foreign language(s). The normal time for completion is two years, including a one-year residency.

A meaningful graduate experience is enhanced by participating in professional activities.  Toward that end, the University of Saskatchewan offers the annual Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in Music, providing a forum for the exchange of scholarly ideas through the presentation of scholarly research in formal papers and lecture recitals prepared by both members of the Department of Music and guests from the national and international scholarly community. 

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Gyula CsapoAcoustics, composition, computer music, electroacoustic, music, musical tragedy
Garry GableCanadian Art Song, music, singers, voice
Glen GillisConducting, music, music education, saxophone, wind orchestra
Walter KreyszigFlute, iconography, music theory, musicology, organology, palaeograpghy
Gregory Marion19th Century, 20th Century, Beethoven, Debussy, Duke Ellington, Schubert, chamber music
Dean McNeillBaroque Trumpet, Brass, Bumper Crop, Classical, Composition, Creativity, Improvisation, SJO, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble, brass, classical music, education, jazz, jazz arranging, jazz composition, music, music education, trumpet
Darrin OehlerkingRCMP, conducting, music, music education, trumpet, wind orchestra
Kathleen Solose19th Century, 20th Century, Chamber music, adjudication, music, performance, piano, recitalist

Tuition and funding


In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the Graduate Program Assistant listed below:

  • Statement of intent: 1-2 pages describing your prior academic background, readiness to undertake the desired program, and the purpose/rationale for wanting to enroll in the program
  • CV / Resume
  • A copy of your transcripts while we wait for the official ones to arrive

For M.Mus. in Performance applications also include:

  • one example of academic writing (e.g. term paper) within the final two years of BMus program (or equivalent).
  • a comprehensive list of works studied to date in the principal applied area (as an undergraduate student and post-degree, as appropriate). Indicate (with an asterisk) all works performed or conducted publicly.
  • an audition submission. Provide a link to where the video file is located, attach a compressed (zip) video file or send a DVD (by mail) made within the last 12 months (at least 45 min in length).  Preference is to provide a live audition (if logistically possible). Audition details here: [provide link here to Master of Music in Performance]

For M.Mus. in Composition applications also include:

  • three compositions (score and CD recording for each – one recording may, however, be in MIDI format)

For M.Mus. in Theory, M.Mus. in Composition and M.A. in Musicology applications, also include:

  • two examples of academic writing (e.g. term papers) within the final two years of BMus program (or equivalent), illustrating the applicant’s methodology and research skills. [For MMus theory only one paper is required]


Graduate Admissions
Department of Music
9 Campus Drive - Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Graduate Chair
Gregory Marion

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner