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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Music

Master of Arts (MA), Combined MBA and MA, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Graduate Program in Music offers both MA and PhD degrees in broadly defined research areas that include composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, musicology, performance and popular music. Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in contemporary society and to the many contexts and issues which shape musical expression and research. Our professors include ethnomusicologists, music historians, music theorists and composers. Combined MA/MBA is also available.


*We are pausing our PhD program intake for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. Please note that PhD applications will be closed during this time. Our MA program intake and applications will remain open.*

Music at a Glance






Popular Music

Featured Faculty

Student Testimonial

Jonathon McSpadden seeks to investigate the use of sound and music in physical and digital casinos as a means of exploring the relationship between sonic space and gambling addiction in Hearing the Ante: Casinos, Gambling, and the Manipulative Force of Sound (working title). Using a two-fold approach, McSpadden aims to demonstrate both the physical nature of casino soundscapes, as well as their perceived nature by way of how they are heard and listened to.

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The Graduate Program in Music at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.