How to apply

Applicants to UBC School of Music graduate degree programs must successfully meet the admission requirements of both UBC’s Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) and the School of Music.



Step One: Apply online

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016. Applications for the M.Mus. in Conducting are due Dec. 15. Late applicants, please contact

To apply to UBC School of Music's graduate programs, you must apply to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Complete the online application form while also making sure to check out the application requirements for the program you're applying to. 

Useful information:



Step Two: Double-check the specific application requirements for your program

Certain graduate degrees have fairly detailed application requirements. A degree-by-degree breakdown is available here



Step Three: Audition

Live auditions are scheduled for January 14 & 15, 2017.  However, due to the possibility of faculty scheduling issues, do NOT make long-distance travel plans before receiving a confirmed, individual audition date and time from UBC Music.

If you're applying to a Performance program, you must audition as part of your application. In-person auditions are strongly encouraged, and provides you with an opportunity to meet with School of Music faculty. However, if you live outside of the Greater Vancouver Area, you may instead audition by video. 

1. In-Person Audition

In-person auditions are thirty minutes long and will take place on January 14-15, 2017. Conducting auditions will take place at a later date, by invitation only. After the application fee has been paid, you must schedule your audition by contacting the Graduate Admissions Assistant at The School of Music supplies a pianist for vocalists only; however, any instrumentalist or vocalist may bring their own pianist or hire a School of Music pianist.

2. Video Audition: Due January 11, 2017

You may submit high-quality video recordings of your audition selections, preferably recorded by a professional technician.  The recording of each individual selection (piece, movement, or song) must be an unedited performance that has been recorded within the past 12 months.  Each recorded selection must not be edited or manipulated in any way, and you must submit a statement certifying the integrity of each recording. Email for instructions on how to upload a video audition.



Step Four: Apply for funding

Deadline: Varies by scholarship or award

There are a number of scholarships and awards available for incoming graduate students. 

Select scholarships and awards:

For a comprehensive list, visit our Scholarships and Awards page.



I've applied. Now what?

You will receive an email with your individual audition date and time. Audition dates are usually set in mid-December. Be sure to check your email regularly, as we'll be in touch about any additional application materials and next steps.

Final results for the audition and UBC application are usually available in early March. 

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