Master of Arts in Music

Degree Requirements for the Master of Arts (MA)

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Arts degree, listed elsewhere in this Bulletin. Some requirements for the MA are expected to change in the near future.

  1. A student normally majors in one area: composition, theory, or music history (musicology).
  2. All students complete 36 credits. Composition majors complete a large composition as a thesis. The degree may be completed in three semesters, but most students take two years to complete all requirements. Classes are usually scheduled in the late afternoon or early evening.
  3. The following examinations must be passed during the course of study:
    1. Students take the Theory Qualifying Exam in music theory and musicianship before registering for their first semester. Each of the examination’s four parts (harmonization, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony) must be passed before graduation. Those students who fail in any part of the exam will consult the Graduate Advisor for coursework or other recommended study.
    2. Students are tested in the history of music before registering for their first semester. Those who need further work in this area will consult the Graduate Advisor for coursework or other recommended study.
    3. A reading proficiency examination in French, German, or Italian is required of all students majoring in theory and music history (musicology). Composition majors may substitute an examination in foreign-language musical terms for the language examination.

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