MA in Music Theory

The following is for informational purposes only. For the official version of the program requirements, please consult the SGS calendar.


This program is offered on a full-time basis only and begins in September. We have ONE admissions cycle per year.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate Bachelor of Arts specialist degree or Bachelor of Music degree from a recognized university, with an average standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B or better over the final two years.

Exceptional applicants with an undergraduate degree may apply directly to the five-year fully-funded Direct Entry PhD program. Please see Direct Entry PhD .

For more details on how and when to apply, visit Applying & Auditions (MA in Music Theory).

Program Requirements

Students registered in the MA in Music Theory are required to take a minimum of six full-course equivalents, divided among the years as follows:

Year 1

  • MUS1000H Introduction to Music Research I (0.5 credits)
  • 2.5 full-course equivalents in Electives*
  • Language Requirement**

Year 2

  • 3 full-course equivalents in Electives

*While the majority of elective courses taken must be in music theory, others may be selected in musicology and/or ethnomusicology. With the approval of the divisional course and program advising committee, up to one full-course equivalent may be taken outside of musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory (either in the Graduate Department of Music or in another graduate unit).

**One language other than English is required. This will usually be German, except by petition to the Division and the Graduate Department of Music. The requirement can be satisfied by completing GER 300H or its equivalent from another university with a minimum grade of B+, successful completion of GER 6000H, or by passing a proficiency exam set by the Division and the Graduate Department of Music. Students must attempt to fulfill the language requirement during the first year of the program. Any student wishing to petition for a language other than German must do so during the first year.

Students must maintain a minimum overall average of A- in the first year of the program in order to progress to year 2.