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 an opening for a new graduate 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, and multi-sensory integration, and rhythm perception are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 below; 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 serious about research and planning on pursuing the PhD option (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:


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:

Graduate program in PNB:

Additional information on McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind:

Graduate program in Cognitive Science of Language