The mandate of the Canadian University Music Society is fourfold:
- to stimulate musical research, performance, composition, and pedagogy in Canadian universities through scholarly papers, concerts, symposia, and publications;
- to provide a forum for the exchange of views and information and the discussion of common problems among musicians in Canadian universities;
- to maintain and strengthen the position of music study in Canadian universities; and
- to advise on new university programs and monitor exisiting programs.