The Master’s degree in Music and Culture requires the satisfactory completion of a total of 5.0 credits, distributed according to one of the following three program options (students are not required to choose one option over the other until the end of their second term of study):

Thesis Program

1.5 credits of required course work (MUSI 5000, 5002 and 5004)
1.5 credits of additional course work chosen from available elective courses*
2.0 credits, Thesis

Research Essay Program

1.5 credits of required course work (MUSI 5000, 5002 and 5004)
2.5 credits of additional course work chosen from available of elective courses*
1.0 credits, Research Essay

* up to 0.5 credits may be taken outside the program in a related discipline (such as Philosophy, Women’s Studies, etc.) subject to the approval of the Graduate Supervisor

Coursework program

1.5 credits of required course work (MUSI 5000, 5002 and 5004)
3.5 credits of additional course work chosen from available of elective courses*

* up to 1.0 credits may be taken outside the program in a related discipline (such as Philosophy, Women’s Studies, etc.) subject to the approval of the Graduate Supervisor

MA in Music and Culture with a concentration in Digital Humanities
Music also offers a program designed to add value to the existing MA in Music and Culture by offering courses focused on the rapidly growing field of digital humanities. Applicants must already be enrolled in the MA in Music and Culture and, upon completion of their degree, they will obtain an MA in Music and Culture with a designated concentration in Digital Humanities. For more information, go to carleton.ca/dighum

Language Requirements

Students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or another language related to their research, to be approved by the Music and Culture graduate supervisor. Language testing will be administered by the program and will normally include a demonstration of reasonable understanding, on sight, of material contained in selected samples of scholarly literature in a foreign language and in the field of music.

Please note that the second language is an exit requirement, NOT an entrance requirement. It can be satisfied either by testing or by a course.

Guidelines for Completion of Master’s Degree

Full-time master’s candidates must complete their degree requirements within a period of two calendar years after the date of initial registration. Part-time master’s candidates must complete their degree requirements within an elapsed period of six calendar years after the date of initial registration.

Academic Standing

A standing of B- or better must be obtained in each credit counted towards the master’s degree.