graduate training

Prospective graduate students:

Many thanks to all those expressed interest in joining the lab in Sept of 2015. Dr. Schutz has finished reviewing and interview applicants, and is not accepting further inquiries for the Fall at this time. We will post more information on this page in coming months regarding recruitment for Fall of 2016.


The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has an opening for a new MSc/PhD student interested in pursuing advanced study in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). This new student will join a dynamic, growing research team housed in a newly renovated lab space, 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 our opportunities page.

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 very favorably, but are not required. General information on the graduate program and links to application instructions can be found on our graduate training page; specific questions beyond those addressed on this page should be directed to Dr. Michael Schutz ( Please include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry. Preference will be given to students interested in the PhD option (such students typically enter at the MSc level and are then “promoted” to the PhD track after a successful first year).

The MAPLE Lab is affiliated with the renowned McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), home to the internationally acclaimed 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, and many other innovative design features. It also houses a new 5 octave marimba and vibraphone expressly for percussion related music cognition research. 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).  New for 2015-16: please email Dr. Schutz an electronic copy of materials (including names and contact information for references) submitted to the formal application process.  This will allow for an informal review of your materials earlier they then become available “officially” which will help streamline the process. 

Most students in the lab matriculate through the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB).  However, 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 contact Dr. Schutz before applying if considering this option.

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