Master of Music in Voice (MMUS)


The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree in Voice performance is offered to students who have achieved necessary levels of attainment and productivity at the undergraduate level, and who give reasonable promise of further significant accomplishment. This degree is often a final academic performance step for the musician who wishes to enter the professional world, although it may prove an intermediate step for those wishing to prepare for doctoral training. Performance candidates present a recital in lieu of a thesis. A two-year residency is the norm.

What makes the program unique?

The Voice department offers many performance and study opportunities. In past years, we have held masterclasses with prestigious alumni like Ben Heppner, Judith Forst, and David Agler, Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, Luca Pisaroni and Jane well as a host of other fine performers, coaches and conductors.

Voice performance Majors will work intensively with Prof. Rena Sharon, Dr. Terrence Dawson and other Voice faculty members in their preparations for their recital performances or special events. Opportunities to participate in Chamber music and Small Ensembles such as Contemporary Players and the Early Music Ensemble are also possible and encouraged.

Students in the M.Mus. in Voice Performance are also encouraged to participate in the Opera Workshop to broaden their experience. Students should contact Prof. Hermiston, Chair of Voice and Opera Divisions if they are interested.

The thesis for the M.Mus. students in Voice Performance is a one-hour recital The thesis solo recital is normally performed in the second year. We highly recommend that the student use their first-year jury which will consist of thirty minutes of solo repertoire as a recital opportunity as well. Please note that only one Opera or Oratorio aria may be performed in a 30 min. recital. In a full one- hour recital one oratorio and one opera aria are allowed. Each program proposal should be accompanied by a short rationale describing the idea(s) or theme(s) for the recital and/or reasonings for the choice of repertoire. Considerable thought should be given to this, and the result should not be a random selection of works. The two recitals together should display a varied and balanced repertoire, encompassing a wide-range of works acceptable to the committee. The rationale/comments may also be spoken from the stage.

Graduate students maintain continuous registration, and may perform recitals at any time with the approval and availability of their individual committee members.


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Admission Information & Requirements

Program Instructions

An audition, either in-person or via video, is required. 

We strongly encourage applicants to do an in-person audition. This facilitates the student to actually see the faculty members with whom they will be working, the facilities, if possible an in -person lesson with some of the teachers and a general feel for the university as a whole.

It also helps the committee to get to have a personal contact with the student, hear them in one of the venues in which they will perform and promotes an in-person conversation between both student and professors.

We realize that an in-person audition is sometimes not possible and are also open to video applications. Please ensure that the video is of a high quality, showing you at your best.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement: 90









IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement: 6.5









Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree, course and other requirements

Prior Degree Requirements

BMus degree or equivalent

Course Requirements

i. excellent vocal talent

ii. BMus degree, or equivalent

iii. languages (Italian 100, German 100 and French 100), lyric diction (Music 170), song repertoire (Music 365), and song interpretation and accompanying (Music 442), or their equivalents

Document Requirements

A CV and Repertoire list

Other Requirements

Strong musical and communication skills recommended.

Facility in standard classical recital repertoire languages (German, French, Italian, - Spanish, Russian and Czech an asset)

Interdisciplinary interests can be an advantage

Multi-media interests can be an advantage

2) Meet Deadlines

September 2023 Intake

Application Open Date
10 September 2022
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2022
Transcript Deadline: 03 February 2023
Referee Deadline: 03 February 2023
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2022
Transcript Deadline: 03 February 2023
Referee Deadline: 03 February 2023

September 2024 Intake

Application Open Date
10 September 2023
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2023
Transcript Deadline: 15 December 2023
Referee Deadline: 21 December 2023
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2023
Transcript Deadline: 15 December 2023
Referee Deadline: 21 December 2023

3) Prepare Application


All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding supervisor contact for Master of Music in Voice (MMUS)
Applicants should browse faculty profiles and indicate in their application who they are interested in working with. No commitment from a supervisor prior to applying is necessary, but contacting faculty members is encouraged.

Applicants to the MMus in Voice Performance should contact division chair, Prof. Nancy Hermiston ( with specific questions about the Voice Performance program.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Research Information

Research Highlights

M.Mus. students in Voice Performance are welcome to become part of our research efforts if they are interested in this area.

The Opera Program is linked with research conducted by a team formed by Opera Director, Nancy Hermiston. It consists of some of UBC’s finest researchers, Dr. Janet Werker, Dr. Lara Boyd and Dr. Rachel Weber and two outstanding Postdoctoral students, Dr. Anja Xiaoxing-Cui and Dr. Negin Motamed Yeganeh. In the current study we are considering the effects of opera training on neuropsychological functions in opera trainees before and after an intensive participation in the Opera Workshop Course in which they prepare and professionally stage a full opera over a course of three-month segments during the year. We hypothesized that participation in this workshop would lead to increased executive function, attention, and verbal and visual memory. We further explore the neural underpinnings of any changes through the analysis of brain anatomy.

Research Focus

An undergraduate course in Pedagogy is available and the possibility for intensive research at the graduate level is always possible through special research projects. Collaboration with the Pacific Voice Clinic is possible.

Research into Canadian song repertoire is strongly encouraged since many UBC professors and Alumni have been famous composers of art song. We also encourage a multi-media approach to the recital experience. Investigations into works of unknown composers past and present is also encouraged as well as bringing an outstanding performance of traditional recital works back to the stage.

Research Facilities

From the state-of-the-art Chan Centre for Performing Arts, one of North America's premier musical venues, to the historic Old Auditorium and intimate Roy Barnett Recital Hall, you will have the opportunity to train and grow as a professional musician in front of diverse audiences.

Tuition & Financial Support


FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$112.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,802.52$7,058.48
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,081.64 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $18,517.90 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

Students admitted to the School of Music’s graduate programs are automatically considered for scholarships under the GSI (Graduate Support Initiative) program. These competitive awards typically range from $1,000 to 12,000 and are guaranteed for two to four years.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union.

Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. The duties usually constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is a form of financial support for a period of graduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the amount of a GRA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded. Some research projects also require targeted research assistance and thus hire graduate students on an hourly basis.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

Graduates from the Master of Music degree in Voice work in performance, entrepreneurship, education, administration and private voice instruction. For examples of alumni careers, please explore: and

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Music in Voice (MMUS). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

New registrations1 2 2
Total enrolment32222
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 7 April 2022]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Further Information


The Voice department offers many performance and study opportunities. In past years, we have held masterclasses with prestigious alumni like Ben Heppner, Judith Forst, and David Agler, as well as a host of other fine performers, coaches and conductors.

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September 2023 Intake

Application Open Date
10 September 2022
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2022
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2022

September 2024 Intake

Application Open Date
10 September 2023
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2023
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2023
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