Graduate Degrees

M.A. in Music Degree Requirements

Music Department - Current General Catalog

The Master of Arts degree program in music requires a bachelor's degree in music or the equivalent.

All entering M.A. students must take diagnostic entrance examinations in music history and music theory. Where needed, remedial work may be required prior to graduate study. An audition and/or entrance interview is also required.

Under the direction of graduate advisers, each student prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the following framework:

Courses in music, including at least 21 units in 200-series

Specific requirements (11 units)

MUSIC 204, 220, 1 music history or theory seminar (MUSIC 240T, 260T, 267, 277, 287), and MUSIC 211 or another performance class by advisement

Option (select one) (9-12 units)

  • Music Education
  • Performance

Electives (4-7 units)

Courses in music, or related fields, in a subject other than music (consult adviser)

Project or thesis (3 units)

Total (30 units)

Students in the performance option who elect emphases in vocal performance and choral conducting must satisfy foreign language requirements in French, German, or Italian (see area adviser).

Courses in addition to those in the M.A. requirements may be specified after examination of the student's record and the student's performance on the diagnostic entrance examination. A maximum of 4 units in MUSIC 102 taken after completion of the B.A. may be applied to the M.A.

A written qualifying examination is required for admission to project or thesis.