Desautels Faculty of Music
Dean: Dr. Edward Jurkowski
Associate Dean(s): Charles Horton
Grad Chair: Dr. James Maiello
Campus Address/General Office: T319 Tache Hall, 136 Dafoe Road
Telephone: 204-474-9310
Fax: 204-474-7546
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Music Program Information

The Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music offers a Master of Music (M.Mus.) in three major areas: performance, composition and conducting.Students in the string component of the program are eligible for adjunct training by a special agreement with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Students in the voice component are eligible to be considered for training and solo professional activities with Winnipeg operatic companies, choral organizations and chamber groups. Students in the collaborative piano component are eligible to be considered for training with Winnipeg operatic companies and choral organizations or with professional chamber ensembles.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at


Master of Music program

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. Persons who have completed:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree program in music with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last two full years, or
  • A conservatory diploma which is offered in residence,

may apply for admission to the M.Mus. program.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:


Start Date




December 1



June 15

Diagnostic Examinations

Students admitted to the Master of Music program at the University of Manitoba are expected to possess a certain breadth and depth of knowledge of music theory. To help ensure this, all incoming graduate students will be given diagnostic examinations to evaluate their knowledge of the theoretical aspects of tonal and post-tonal music. These diagnostic examinations will normally be given a week prior to preceding the first week of classes in the Fall. The material on these examinations will correspond to that studied in our undergraduate courses in music theory. Details of suitable review materials will be mailed to all incoming graduate students, and are also available on our website or by request from the music office.

Incoming graduate students who do not achieve satisfactory results on any portion of these tests may be required to do remedial work as a co-requisite or pre-requisite to their graduate program; such work, in the form of course or other requirements, will not count for credit toward the Master of Music degree. Since remedial coursework may be specified as a pre-requisite to a required graduate course, incoming graduate students will not be permitted to register for courses in the Faculty of Music until these diagnostics exams have been taken.

Program Requirements

The Faculty offers three program areas leading to the M.Mus.: Performance, Conducting, and Composition.

All Master of Music students take the following core courses:

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MUSC 7000 Music History Seminar 3
MUSC 7050 Bibliography and Research Methods 3
MUSC 7110
Music Theory Seminar 3
MUSC 7180
Ensemble (not required for composition) 3

MUSC 7400

Major Practical Study 1


MUSC 7410

Major Practical Study 2

GRAD 7030 Thesis/Practicum

0 - P/F

GRAD 7500

Academic Integrity Tutorial


  • Master of Music students will also take discipline-specific electives for a degree total of 24 credit hours.
  • Students must maintain a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 with no grade below C+, and
  • Maintain a minimum grade of B+ in MUSC 7400 and MUSC 7410

All students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours). Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration, unless the course has been completed previously.

Second Language Reading Requirement

Students must demonstrate a reading proficiency in one language with a scholary discourse other than English.  The language required will normally be French, German or Italian. Other languages will be accepted if more appropriate to the student's program. The specific requirement will be determined in consultation with the student's committee. This requirement may be met through one of the following:

  • Evidence of the completion of an undergraduate language course at the 1000 level or above in the five years preceding acceptance into the program.
  • The translation, using a dictionary, of a passage in the major area of study.
  • Completion of a course at the 0900 or higher level after registration in the Master's degree program.
  • Determination by the student's committee that the requirement has been met through previous education and/or experience.

Expected Time to Graduate: 2 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program.

Ph.D. in Music

The Faculty of Music does not offer a Ph.D. Program at this time.