Dec 07, 2019  
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020

The Degree of MA (Music) [Graduate]


Program Requirements


The MA program allows students to explore broad and complex subjects in theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music.

The MA may be taken as either a course-based program or a thesis-based program. Students must declare which program they intend to follow at the beginning of their graduate studies. Students wishing to request a change of program category must seek the approval of the graduate committee.

Course-based MA:


Students must complete a minimum of ★30 in graduate-level course work, including ★27 in required courses and at least ★3 in a capping project.

Required Courses


  • MUSIC 614  (★3)- Proseminar in Musicology
  • MUSIC 650  (★3)- Proseminar in Music Theory
  • MUSIC 665  (★3)- Issues in Ethnomusicology
  • A minimum of six ★3 graduate-level options
  • At the discretion of the supervisor, further coursework may be required.
    • Students who have not taken a bibliography and research methods course (or equivalent) will be required to take MUSIC 505 . This course will not be considered as one of the approved graduate-level options.

Capping Project


  • MUSIC 903(★3)/906(★6)/909(★9)- Directed Research Project. The Capping project will consist of a research paper and an oral presentation.

Thesis-based MA:


Students must complete a minimum of ★24 in graduate-level course work. Completion of a thesis is also required.

Required Courses


  • MUSIC 614  (★3)- Proseminar in Musicology
  • MUSIC 650  (★3)- Proseminar in Music Theory
  • MUSIC 665  (★3)- Issues in Ethnomusicology
  • A minimum of five ★3 graduate-level options
  • At the discretion of the supervisor, further coursework may be required.
    • Students who have not taken a bibliography and research methods course (or equivalent) will be required to take MUSIC 505 . This course will not be considered as one of the approved graduate-level options.

Thesis


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students must complete and successfully defend a thesis.

Language Requirement


MA students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German, or another language other than English, appropriate to the area of research and approved by the student's supervisor. This requirement will normally be completed before the thesis or capping project is undertaken. Coursework undertaken to satisfy this requirement will not be credited toward the program.

Residence Requirement


The minimum period of residence for the MA (thesis-based) degree is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program


The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; however, a minimum of two years is normally required.

The maximum time to complete the course-based MA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years. The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.