Program Information

School: McMaster University
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Cognitive Science
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Psychology, General
Description: Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour with the Music Cognition Specialization is a multidisciplinary program that brings together science and the arts in a unique and innovative way. Students will study: how the auditory and motor systems interact to produce music, how people encode and recognize music, how music induces emotional reactions, how musical experience and training affect brain development, and how musical training/exposure affects language, cognitive, and social abilities in both children and adults.

Students who have graduated from this program have pursued careers in such areas as psychology, music therapy, and audiology/speech pathology.

URL: Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (Music Cognition Specialization) (BSc) at McMaster University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $28,505

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.

Careers: Psychologists,Musicians and Singers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 82 to 85

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Physics 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, and SPH4U. Note: it is recommended that all first semester grades and a list of all courses for the entire year be submitted no later than March 1st.

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86

Additional Admission Requirements:

    Admission to the program requires Advanced Rudiments (or Grade 2 Rudiments) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) (with a grade of at least 80% within the last two years), or MUSIC 1C03 (with a grade of at least 75%), or a grade of at least 65% on a qualifying music theory exam administered by the School of the Arts (SOTA).