MSMus Admission Requirements and Procedures

The MSMus program admits students starting in the fall session only. The deadline below is for all application and supplemental materials: 

February 15 - Admission for Fall Session (September)

The following MSMus Admissions Guide 2015-16 is also available in PDF upon request.


Section 1: Admission Requirements

Entrance to Emmanuel College’s Master of Sacred Music program requires a four-year baccalaureate, or equivalent degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto. A three-year baccalaureate degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto may also be considered. In some cases, an undergraduate degree from a Pontifical university or from a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities may be accepted. 

For applicants to the Master of Sacred Music program, the minimum admission requirement is a 3rd year University of Toronto Bachelor of Music competency, which is equivalent to performance competency at Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Instrumental Syllabus (Canada). In addition, applicants will need to have the equivalent music theory competency that is co-requisite to a Grade 10 RCM certification (RCM Syllabi available here).

A minimum cumulative average of 70%, or a CGPA of 2.70, is normally required. 

English Language Competency
Emmanuel College wishes to ensure that all students have sufficient written and spoken English language skills to enable them to function in a classroom setting. Therefore, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their English language ability by taking one of the following tests and achieving the stated minimum result. Test results that are older than two years at the time of application cannot be accepted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): if the test is taken in paper format, overall 580 and 5 in Test of Written English; if the test is taken in the computer-based format, overall 237 and 5 in essay writing; if the test is taken in internet format, 93 overall and at least 22 in each of the speaking and writing sections. The TOEFL institutional code used by Emmanuel College is that of the University of Toronto: 0982.
International ESL-Academic Preparation Level 60 (Advanced) offered by the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto: Required score: B.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Required score: 7.0.

The minimum required TOEFL and TWE scores do not provide assurance of the ability to undertake theological studies at Emmanuel. The College reserves the right, therefore, to interview applicants from abroad upon their arrival in Toronto.

Applications for admission to Emmanuel College at the basic degree level are assessed according to academic and other criteria. The other criteria are the personal characteristics and interpersonal skills required to function effectively in the educational environment of this institution.

Much of our instruction requires group discussion, and students are frequently required to work in teams. Willingness to work with and learn from peers; flexibility of mind and attitude; skill in resolving conflict and in reconciling differing priorities are among the characteristics sought. In order to thrive students should possess a medium-high level of computer literacy, including but not limited to: familiarity with word processing program (for example, MS Word), Email and navigating the Internet. Those admitted should be prepared to work with and learn from peers preparing for ordered and lay ministry and who come from diverse ethnic, racial, social and cultural backgrounds. It is expected that the applicant's personal statement and letters of reference will give ample evidence of these characteristics and abilities.

Upon making offers of admission to its programs, Emmanuel College will ask applicants to indicate in writing whether they accept, decline, or defer for one year the College’s offer of admission. If after a deferral of one year an applicant seeks a further deferral, Emmanuel College may require updated versions of some or all of the application materials and an application fee.

Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto is accredited with the Association of Theological Colleges and is a theological college of The United Church of Canada and reflects its theological tradition. We accept students from other denominations and faiths and all applicants are assessed on the basis of personal ability without regard to race, sex, age or sexual orientation.


Section 2: General Application Procedures

1.  Complete the Emmanuel College Online Application for Basic Degree Programs available on the website. Please complete all sections carefully. The online application will prompt you to upload your personal statement and resume as attachments. Should you experience difficulty with the Online Application you may request a PDF version of the application from the Office of Admissions.

2. Provide a personal statement. The statement should be no more than two pages (double spaced) describing why you would benefit from studies at Emmanuel College, your vocational goals, your theology, your music education and training, your learning style, and what you think you would contribute to Emmanuel College. Be certain to put your name at the top of your statement.

The personal statement can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your statement ready before completing the application. You may however choose to submit it separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions or emailing it as an attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca.

3. Provide a current chronological résumé or CV. The résumé can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your résumé ready before completing the application. You may however choose to submit the résumé separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions or emailing it as an attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca.

4. Submit a general financial plan. It should be included when you complete the application form. This plan should provide an overall stratagem for how you intend to fund your theological education indicating the percentage of your total expenses you intend to cover from savings, employment income, government student loans, other outside sources, and student financial aid from Emmanuel College (this plan is different from the financial aid application form). General Financial Plan example.

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. Arrange for official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at Emmanuel College. To be official, these transcripts must be sent directly to Emmanuel College by the institution(s) concerned.

6. An application fee of fifty dollars Canadian ($50.00 CAD) must be received before an application can be processed. You may pay onlineOR send by post a personal cheque or money order payable to Emmanuel College to: Office of Admissions, Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7.

7. Arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Emmanuel College. Complete the Applicant section of the
Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet before providing the cover sheet to each person providing you with a reference. The Cover Sheet provides guidelines for completing and submitting the letter of recommendation. While completing the application you will be asked to provide the names of those providing references. The Cover Sheet can be located on the Applications section of the website or obtained from the Office of Admissions.
i) Minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference
ii) Personal reference
iii) Academic reference**
iv) Music teacher/peer 
If you are applying as a transfer student, your application will require an additional letter of recommendation from the Director of Basic Degree Studies or Dean of Students commenting on your academic standing and character.

The onus is on the applicant to identify appropriate alternatives if you are unable to identify a minister or former professor to provide a letter of recommendation.

The minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality;
(b) Emotional stability;
(c) Theological and faith commitments;
(d) Ability to work with and learn from others who have different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures and lifestyles; and
(e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

The personal reference should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality;
(b) Emotional stability;
(c) Theological and faith commitments;
(d) Ability to work with and learn from others who have different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures and lifestyles; and
(e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

The academic reference should comment on the following:
(a) Intellectual and academic strengths and/or weaknesses;
(b) Critical and analytical skills;
(c) Maturity;
(d) Written and oral communication abilities;
(e) Integrity;
(f) Motivation and initiative; and
(g) Personal judgment.
** Ideally the academic reference should be a university professor or instructor. If it has been some time since you attended university, provide a reference from someone who holds a university degree and who is capable of assessing you according to the guidelines for an academic reference listed below.

The music teacher or music peer reference should be in the field with a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience, and should comment on the following:
(a) The nature of the relationship and the length of time the person writing the letter of recommendation has known the applicant;
(b) The applicant’s musical ability; and
(c) The applicant’s suitability for studies in advanced liturgical music.

8. Supplemental music material as outlined in the Demonstrating Your Musical Strengths section must be submitted by the application deadline.

9. A personal 30 minute interview will be scheduled once all the application documents have been received. All applicants are requested to appear for a 30-minute personal interview unless distance is a factor, in which case a Skype or telephone interview may be arranged.

At such time, a performance audition for keyboardists and vocalists is normally slated (after May 4). Such performances will be adjudicated by the Director (or designate) and an instructor skilled in the arts of the medium selected. The candidate should prepare 30 minutes of music, demonstrating breadth and depth of repertoire; it is likely that the entirety of every piece may not be heard. In the event of a long-distance application, arrangements should be made to submit two copies of a video (CD or DVD). The focus of the video in all cases will be the applicant and not other performers.

10. English Language Competency. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate your English language ability as mentioned above before the application deadline. Further details about the tests and minimum required score levels can be found in the Preparatory Requirement section of the Emmanuel College Basic Degree Student Handbook.

All documentation is to be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
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emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca
t. 416-585-4464; f. 416-585-4516
We will confirm received documentation via email. Therefore, if you do not hear from us, we strongly advise you to contact us.

Application Deadline 
February 15 – Admission for Fall Session (September)

Notification of Acceptance
Applicants to the MSMus program will generally receive written notification of the admission decision in June.

Police Check
A Level 2 Police Check is required for all MDiv, LTh, MPS, MSMus and Diploma students, and all other students taking courses requiring that they work with a “vulnerable” population. This will be completed after a student has been admitted.


Section 3: Demonstrating your Musical Strengths


CONDUCTORS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application, and received by the application deadline:

1. A digital video (DVD) showcasing leadership of three contrasting works including a brief warm up segment, rehearsal segment and final presentation. This audition video should document about 30 minutes of music making.
      a.  For rehearsal segment - each work featured requires footage of at least 5 minutes showing applicant's leadership via facial, gesture, posture expressions, and rapport with the choir/orchestra. Brief footage of the choristers/orchestra is expected. No significant editing of rehearsal footage is permitted.
       b. For final performance - each work featured requires footage of at least 3 minutes showing applicant's leadership via facial, gesture, posture expressions and rapport with the choir and/or orchestra. No significant editing of performance footage is permitted.
       c. Audition pieces should be of different musical periods (e.g. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, etc.) and be contrasting in musical character and genre (e.g. Accompanied, Unaccompanied, European, Non-Western, Folk, Gospel, etc.)

2. Applicants are asked to provide a comprehensive list of the repertoire they have studied, and performed within the last 12 months to be included in the application package. The repertoire is to be listed in the following manner:
       a.  Works formally studied (e.g. graded conducting course, masterclass, etc.)
       b. Significant Works publicly performed as choral singer (e.g. Bach's B minor Mass, etc.)
c. Works publicly performed as conductor (e.g. concert setting, religious occasions, etc.)

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.


ORGANISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application and received by the application deadline:

1. Applicants should arrange well in advance for rehearsal time on a local instrument, followed by a performance and personal interview. The audition will have about 30 minutes of organ music prepared on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements), including one anthem accompaniment, and one hymn with all verses. The repertoire must be submitted as supplemental material by the application deadline. The organ repertoire must also include: i) One Prelude and Fugue or major Chorale Prelude by J.S. Bach;
ii) One composition selected from any era (not a chorale prelude);
iii) One composition from the twentieth century.

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.


VOCALISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application and received by the application deadline:

1. 30 minutes of repertoire to be memorized and presented for the audition. These are to be on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements).The accompanist will be arranged by the applicant.
Audition pieces should include, at minimum:
i) One aria by J. S. Bach;
ii) One aria from an oratorio;
iii) One classical sacred song (Barber, Vaughan Williams, Britten, etc);
iv) One spiritual (contemporary arrangement).

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.


GUITARISTS and PIANISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application:

1. 30 minutes of repertoire to be memorized and presented for the audition. These are to be on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements). Audition pieces should be of different musical periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, etc.) and be contrasting in musical character.

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.


COMPOSERS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare a portfolio of several written works, including, if possible, recordings of performance(s) of personal compositions.

1. 30 minutes of composition scores of contrasting genres (e.g. solo, hymn, choral, instrumental ensemble, etc.) set on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements).

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program. 

All applicants are reminded that use of photocopied materials without permission is prohibited. Materials submitted will not be returned to applicants.


Section 4: Personal Interview & Audition

Admission into the MSMus program requires both audition and interview. Both of these will be scheduled through the Admissions Office.

The audition will be adjudicated by the Director (or designate), Faculty of Music liaison officer (or proxy) and an instructor skilled in the arts of the medium selected. The candidate should prepare 30 minutes of music, demonstrating breadth and depth of repertoire; it is likely that the entirety of every piece may not be heard. The expectation is that the candidate will perform minimally at the level of a third-year Bachelor of Music undergraduate of the University of Toronto (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements).

For long-distance application, as well as choral conducting track applicants, arrangements should be made to submit a digital recording (DVD) directly to the Admissions Office. Documentation needs to accompany this digital media certifying the authenticity of the recording has been made solely by the applicant in one continuous taping session established by auto date and time stamp.

The interview component is focused on understanding the applicant's vocational aptitude and aspiration. Applicant should be prepared to speak about their musical background, spiritual experiences and life's journey as related to their intention to undertake this course of studies. Adjudicators will communicate expectations of persons accepted into the program and respond to questions about the MSMus program.

For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

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