Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Popular Music and Culture

Master of Arts (MA)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Audrey Yardley-Jones (ayardley@uwo.ca)
Graduate Program Assistant

Don Wright Faculty of Music

Western University
Talbot College Rm 216
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 x85354

The MA in Popular Music and Culture offers in-depth study of popular music in its musical, cultural, and industrial contexts. The program harnesses the resources of two faculties to facilitate inquiry into aspects of popular music that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The MA in Popular Music and Culture is one of Western’s interdisciplinary graduate programs, and is supported jointly by the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

Times to Completion

  • 5 Terms (1.66 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based, course-based or project-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of popular music and have the ability to manage the curriculum's diverse requirements. We suggest competence in one of the following areas: music history (including artists, genres, and repertoires); music technology; discography; music business; theory; performance; criticism.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification from mid March to late April