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Queen's University

Full-Time Upper-Year Admission

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music program at Queen's is a flexible and comprehensive four-year (129 unit) program. Through their individual selection of music option courses, students can choose to focus on one or more areas within music - musicology / ethnomusicology, theory / composition, music education, or applied study (performance) - without having to declare a "major." Applicants need to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 (high C+) standing.

Applicants are required to attend an audition at the School of Music bringing copies of their official music certificates.

If distance does not permit a personal audition, a tape of the applicant's performance will be accepted, provided a qualified music teacher verifies it. Copies of official music certificates - from the Royal Conservatory of Music or equivalent - must accompany the tape.
Exceptions to the Audition:
Applicants in a Bachelor of Music program who have a minimum 3.2 (high B) in 6 units (or equivalent) applied Music course are not required to attend an audition.
  • students who have attempted a minimum 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program. 24.0 Queen's units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses. Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms.
  • Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating.
  • Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs.
  • CEGEP students who are in the final year of  three-year professional/career programs who will be receiving their DEC.
  • graduates of a three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC.


 Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen's courses. Students are informed of their transfer credits after the offer of admission has been sent. Credit is not granted for courses with a final grade lower than 2.0 (C).
  • Graduates from Ontario community college three-year diploma programs or a three year professional / career program at CEGEP are permitted a maximum of 30.0 units of transfer credits.
  • The regulations of the Faculty of Arts & Science state that at least half of the work required for a degree (i.e. subject of major interest courses and overall program requirements) plus 6.0 units must be completed at Queen's University if a Queen's degree is to be awarded. 


  • Applications must be submitted to The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) between 1 February and 1 June. The application is available at
  • Acknowledgement emails indicating what documentation is required are sent when Undergraduate Admission receives the applications from the OUAC.
  • All documentation requested must be received at Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University by 15 June.
  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon after 1 March as possible to fit in with the scheduled audition dates. 


  • Queen's University does not operate on a semester system; full-time admission to an undergraduate program is possible only in September.
  • Residence accommodation is not available for upper-year applicants. To investigate other housing options, visit the Queen's University Community Housing website. 
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000