graduate training

Prospective graduate students:

Note: we have filled our available positions for the upcoming academic year.  Please check back in the fall for information on recruitment for 2015-16.

The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University provides training opportunities for MSc/PhD student interested in pursuing advanced study in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). Students in the lab are part of a growing research team housed in a newly renovated facility, with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind (MIMM).  Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on amplitude envelope, emotion in music, and multi-sensory integration are particularly encouraged to apply.  For information on our research, please see

Although interest in music is helpful, formal musical training is not a requirement.  However, successful students will need a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or another affiliated discipline.  Experience with computer programming and statistical analyses will be viewed favorably, but are not required.  General information on the graduate program and links to application instructions can be found at; specific questions beyond those addressed on this page should be directed to Dr. Michael Schutz ( include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry.

The MAPLE Lab is affiliated with the renowned McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), which has nearly completed construction of the LIVE Lab – a new multi-million dollar concert hall/research facility.  This one-of-a-kind research center offers an advanced virtual acoustics system, touchpad response systems on every audience seat, motion capture technology, multi-user parallel EEG recording capability, and many other innovative design features.  For more information on MIMM, please visit:

Applications received by Dec 15th will receive a full review (late applications will be accepted, but those received on time will receive first consideration).

Students interested in connections between the cognitive science of language and music can apply to work in the lab by enrolling in McMaster’s new and innovative graduate program in the Cognitive Science of Language.

Please note that the School of the Arts does not offer a graduate program at this time (although we are discussing plans for a future program focused on music cognition).

Links with additional information:

Graduate program in PNB:

Additional information on McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind:

Graduate program in Cognitive Science of Language