MSc/PhD Applications

Information for prospective graduate students

Many thanks to all those expressed interest in joining the lab next Fall. Dr. Schutz has finished reviewing and interviewing prospective members, and will not be accepting further applications at this time. We will post more information on this page in coming months regarding next year’s recruitment.

The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has two openings for graduate trainees beginning Fall 2021. The first is a new SSHRC-funded project exploring changes in the communication of emotion over several centuries of musical history. The second is for an ongoing project exploring the design of auditory alarms in medical devices, working with an international team to create more effective human-computer interfaces optimizing surgical outcomes.

Applicants 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 favourably but is not required. Questions beyond those addressed here can 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.

New: Applications received by the deadline stated on the departmental page will receive a full review.  Note that late applications will be accepted, but those received on time will receive first consideration.  To streamline the review process, please email Dr. Schutz an electronic copy of materials (including names and contact information for references) IN ADDITION to submitting a the formal application.  Although a formal application is necessary for consideration, emailing them directly will ensure they become available for review more quickly.

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 directly before applying if you are interested in this option.

Note although the School of the Arts is discussing a future graduate program focused on music cognition/education, we do not offer one at this time.


Links with additional information:

McMaster Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour:

Additional information on McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind:

Graduate program in Cognitive Science of Language