Admission

General Information

Applications for admission should be submitted online to the School of Graduate Studies. The application form can be found on their web site at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply. Information about the admission procedures for the School of Graduate Studies can be found in the University Calendar at www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=GRAD-4515. Please consult this information for full details. Additional information for international students can be found at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/international/index.php. Please note that the deadline for application to the MA and Ph.D. programs in ethnomusicology is January 10 for entry the following fall.

Specific Information

Admission Criteria:

M.A. Coursework - Minimum B+ in BMus or other relevant degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with evidence of specialization in music, or equivalent.

M.A. Thesis - Minimum B+ in BMus or other relevant degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with evidence of specialization in music, or equivalent.

Ph.D. - Minimum B+ in M.A. in Music or other relevant degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with evidence of specialization in music, or MMus (Music), or equivalent.

An application consists of the following:

  • A completed Application Form
  • A 500-word statement outlining specific research interests and reasons for undertaking an advanced degree in Ethnomusicology.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s academic and artistic work.
  • One or two samples of recent essays.

Our admissions will be happy to review other musical materials (compositions, tapes, videotapes) if an applicant wishes to send them, but they are not required for this degree.

Applications from graduates of Music programs and from cognate disciplines are encouraged. Applicants from a discipline other than Music will be expected to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Competent performance in any musical tradition, as judged by a musician knowledgeable about that tradition.
  • Knowledge of culturally appropriate language for discussion of performance techniques in that tradition.
  • Ability to discuss musical details on the basis of aural and/or written sources, as appropriate to that tradition.

Candidates for admission may, at the discretion of the department, be required to write diagnostic examinations measuring skills and knowledge in music literacy, theory, or aural perception. Candidates with deficiencies in any of these areas may be required to take remedial course work prior or in addition to the required program.

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