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Admission to the School of Music is limited, and is based upon an evaluation of the total skills and preparation of each applicant, including performance auditions, previous academic record, and letters of recommendation.

To apply to the School, apply to UBC via youbc Vancouver and indicate the B.Mus. program as your first or second choice. You will be guided to complete the B.Mus. Supplemental Application form, in addition to the regular UBC application.

There are different majors within the B.Mus. program. As part of the online application for admission, you will be asked to indicate your preferred major(s), previous musical training, and preferred dates for a live audition and a theory entrance examination.

The application deadline is January 31. Auditions are normally held during the first half of March. The School will contact each applicant to arrange the audition and theory examination date and time. International students and others unable to travel to Vancouver may send a high-quality video recording in lieu of a live audition. For details, see the Supplementary Application for the BMUS, or visit the School of Music website.

Music Pre-Major

For a student completing two years in a post-secondary music program, transfer to the B. Mus. degree at UBC is facilitated by the Music Pre-Major Transfer Agreement. By a notation on his/her transcript, a student is recognized by the sending institution as having satisfied the requirements of the Music Pre-Major if he/she completes a specific number of credits in each of five course categories. UBC will award 46 credits for the Pre-Major and will deem the student to have met the first- and second-year core requirements of his/her B. Mus. program.

The Music Pre-Major Transfer Agreement does not cover non-music elective courses and does not guarantee acceptance by a receiving institution. The UBC School of Music will continue to require transferring students to audition. A student who wishes to transfer before completing the Pre-Major will have his/her courses evaluated on an individual basis.

Students who have completed the requirements of the Music Pre-Major and who transfer to the B.A. program at UBC, instead of the B. Mus., will be awarded 36 transfer credits: 30 lower-level music, and 6 of first-year English.

Transfer Credits

Students intending to transfer to UBC from other institutions should plan their programs of study carefully to match, as nearly as possible, the majors outlined here, including both music and non-music courses. Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide to determine the transferability of specific courses. The year and major to which a transfer student is admitted are based upon both the number of transferable courses and the student's performance ability, as determined by the entrance audition. Therefore, the number of transfer credits awarded for instrumental (or composition) study may be less than the number of corresponding credits the student has taken at other institutions. Transfer credit awarded for ensemble performance cannot be used to satisfy the ensemble requirements for the third and fourth years.

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