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 15. 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.
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.