This program allows you to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, a qualification that recognizes a focus of study in foundational concepts in creativity, improvisation, body/mind coordinative relationships, and, jazz-specific theory, history, and (musical) performance training.

Quick facts
  • Two year certificate
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

The two year Certificate in Jazz is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution.

What you will learn

You will study the history and theory of jazz and you will learn to express yourself artistically, through practice and performance of jazz music, as it is broadly defined.

This certificate requires the completion of the following 15 credit units:

  • MUS 175: Jazz History Survey
  • MUS 184: Jazz Materials
  • MUS 283: Jazz Improvisation
  • MUAP 208.1: Jazz Ensemble (Students must complete MUAP 208 twice. Worth one credit unit.)
  • MUS 201: Jazz and Related Creative Studies Capstone Course
  • One course elective from a defined list

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

MUS 184: Jazz Materials
This course includes development of jazz theory, ear training, transcribing and keyboard skills. This course is the prerequisite to Jazz Improvisation (MUS 283.3) and Jazz Arranging (MUS 386.3). This course is the suggested co-requisite for Jazz Pedagogy (EMUS 337.3) and Jazz Ensemble. MUS 184.3 is open to students of all colleges.

MUS 283: Jazz Improvisation
Focuses on the study and development of musical skills as they pertain to the performance of jazz improvisation. Topics such as basic jazz-related theory; chord/scale relationships; motivic, chord based and modal improvisations are presented in a systematic manner. This course assumes no pre-existing knowledge base of jazz improvisation but does presume a basic working knowledge and control over any given musical instrument. This course is open to all instrumentalists.

MUS 201: Jazz and Related Creative Studies Capstone Course
This course serves as the summative experience for students enrolled in the 15 CU Certificate of Proficiency in Jazz and Related Creative Studies. The final project for this course will be a 30 minute - 1 hour public performance of the student’s original work via an art performance piece which has jazz music as one of the central themes and/or components.


Most job marketplaces in the 21st century—including university graduate and professional programs, such as the health sciences—are interested in applicants with music training. This is because such music training demonstrates an ability to work in an unsupervised environment and to work well collaboratively, quickly, creatively, and logically.

Students with career aspirations in music (e.g. music education and/or music performance) and students with career aspirations external to music will find this certificate program valuable in broadening their knowledge base and musical skill sets, and to augment their curriculum vitae in substantive and meaningful ways.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $616 per class $1,681 per class
Fees $922 per year $922 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2018-2019 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2019
Dec 1, 2018
Documents due: Dec 15, 2018
Sep 1, 2018
Documents due: Oct 1, 2018
May 2019
Apr 1, 2019
Documents due: May 1, 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Documents due: Mar 1, 2019
July 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
Mar 1, 2019
Documents due: Apr 1, 2019
September 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
January 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 15, 2019
Sep 1, 2019
Documents due: Oct 1, 2019

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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