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Master's Degree in Music

Total of 33 graduate credits, of which six may be transferred from other institutions (with approval by the Graduate School and Graduate Program Director)

Master's Degree Concentrations

Core Requirements for all Master of Music concentrations

Graduate Music Theory - 2 approved courses, 500 level or higher (6 credits)
Graduate Music History - 2 approved courses, 500 level or higher (6 credits)

All M.M. students majoring in History/Musicology, Theory or Music Education/Research are required to write a thesis. In lieu of the thesis, Collaborative Piano majors must accompany four recitals, Composition and Jazz Composition/Arranging majors must submit an original composition in large form, and Performance and Music Education/Applied Music majors must perform a full recital. Music Education/Conducting majors must conduct a full public program or portion of a public program, or complete another capstone project approved by the conducting faculty. Music Education/Pedagogy majors must complete a capstone project approved by the music education faculty.

Vocal Performance, Music History/Musicology, and Collaborative Piano majors have a foreign language proficiency requirement. Please see the subplan of your degree program in the above listing for specifics.

For students who entered the program before Fall 2021: M.M. students must take a one-hour comprehensive oral examination (see Study Guide), conducted by three faculty members, usually in April of the last year of study. Group meetings and consultation with the major professor are offered to help students prepare for the exam.
For students entering in Fall 2021 or later: The exam procedure is changing. Please see the new Comprehensive Exam Study Guide (Word file).

Click for information on Diagnostic Exams in Music Theory & Music History.

Documents and Forms:

Graduate Music Student Handbook (pdf)
Annotated Graduate Course Guide 2023-24 (pdf)
2023 Grad Teaching Assistantship Application (pdf)
Oral Exam Study Guide (students entering before Fall 2021, pdf)
Comprehensive Exam Study Guide (students entering Fall 2021 or later, Word file)