Master of Arts in Music, Emphasis Theory (MA)

Overview

Theories of music describe ways that listeners, composers, and performers conceive of the elements of their art.  Study of theory, then, informs all aspects of musical learning at UBC.  Our faculty include internationally known researchers who contribute to theories and analysis of modernist and contemporary art music, theories of rhythm and meter, performance analysis, and the analysis of both Western art music and world music.

We bring a broad perspective to the basic theory courses required of our undergraduates, and provide flexible and expert supervision for graduate student research.   Students in our graduate programs are mentored professionally through intensive seminars, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and conference participation.  We welcome research of an interdisciplinary nature, involving musicology, ethnomusicology, mathematics, linguistics, and other musically pertinent areas.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Creative and Performing Arts
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Theory
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
School
School of Music

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Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors

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Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Join our Graduate Student Ambassadors Samuel Adenyanju (MSc Forestry, Nigeria), Federico Andrade (PhD Public Health, Colombia), Maria Angélica Guerrero (MA Educational Studies, Colombia), Xining (Linda) Yang (PhD Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, China) and Dorine Akwiri (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Kenya) who will be available to answer questions about their experiences at UBC, including topics such as accommodation, moving to a new city/province/country and settling in, making friends, being an international student, and more. This session is open to participants interested in different programs across all faculties at UBC. Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions regarding application or admissions policies or any that involve specific personal information.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

93
23
22
23
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

No

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

The following table shows data for all specializations in the MA in Music combined.
 20172016201520142013
Applications2616153027
Offers52495
New registrations52 45
Total enrolment8361419

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 73.68% based on 19 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 22 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.33 years and the maximum time is 4.83 years with an average of 2.64 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

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