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Master's Programs: General Structure

The minimum requirement for a master's degree is 30 credits (some degrees may require more), excluding required credit hours in prerequisite or review courses and major ensemble. All master's degrees include studies in a major field, a music history and literature curriculum common to all majors, and a secondary concentration called a outside area.  

General list of requirements common to most master's degrees

Review Courses and Proficiency Requirements
Major field, music history & literature requirement, outside area
  • Major Field  18-21 credits. Varies with major and/or degree. Some majors have a tool subject requirement.
  • Music History & Literature Requirement 6 credit hours in music history and literature (from a specific list).
  • Outside Area 6 credits in a concentrated field. The courses can be from any field in or out of music, but must be closely related. Approval of the department chair, director of graduate studies, and/or graduate advisor is required.
Ensemble, recital(s), comprehensive exam

Sample Schedule

NOTE: The schedule below is only a sample. Master's students come to degree programs with varied backgrounds and experience, and it is impossible to construct a "one-size-fits-all" curriculum. For general comments on the Master's curricula and the principles on which this sample is based, see the Requirements section above.

The schedule below is for an violin major with an outside area in music theory who has passed all theory and history entrance proficiency exams except sight singing and music history before 1750.

YEAR 1, FALL SEMESTER

Course Cr. Course Title or Exam Requirement
S910 3 Violin Graduate Major major field
T509 3 Sight Singing Review for Graduate Students proficiency
M541 3 Music History Review for Graduate Students I proficiency
I711 0 Master's Recital major field
X040 2 Instrumental Ensembles ensemble
---- - keyboard proficiency exam proficiency
---- - have outside area approved

 YEAR 1, SPRING SEMESTER

Course Cr. Course Title or Exam Requirement
S910 4 Violin Graduate Major major field
M656 3 Music Since 1900 music history
T591 3 Teaching of Music Theory outside area
X040 2 Instrumental Ensembles ensemble

YEAR 2, FALL SEMESTER

Course Cr. Course Title or Exam Requirement
S910 3 Violin Graduate Major major field
M528 3 Chamber Music Literature music history
M665 2 Survey of Violin Literature I major field
F550 1 Chamber Music Coaching major field
X040 2 Instrumental Ensembles ensemble

YEAR 2, SPRING SEMESTER

Course Cr. Course Title or Exam Requirement
S910 4 Violin Graduate Major major field
T551 3 Introduction to Analytical Techniques outside area
F550 1 Chamber Music Coaching major field
X040 2 University Instrumental Ensembles ensemble
---- - complete application for graduation within first two weeks of the semester graduation
---- - schedule comprehensive exam with department major field