Twin Cities Campus
School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The School of Music offers the degrees of master of arts (M.A.), master of music (M.M.), doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.). Specific degree plans and emphases are listed in each degree's program requirements.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants interested in doctoral level study must hold a master's degree in an appropriate field of study.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major emphasis in one of the following areas of music: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory and/or composition, performance, or music education/therapy. The collaborative piano/coaching M.M. requires an audition for admission. The M.M. in choral conducting, orchestral conducting, and wind ensemble/band conducting degrees all required a preliminary DVD, audition, and interview for admission. The performance M.M. requires an audition for admission.
Special Application Requirements:
For some areas of performance, a preliminary DVD may be required prior to scheduling an audition.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The master of music degree offers emphases in piano, organ, voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, guitar, collaborative piano/coaching, orchestral conducting, wind ensemble/band conducting, and choral conducting. The M.M. requires credit distribution among the following for each emphasis: applied music, study directly related to the emphasis (literature, pedagogy, performance practice, conducting, secondary instrument, chamber music, etc.), ensemble, and musicology/ethnomusicology and theory/composition. One recital is required for all emphases except collaborative piano/coaching, which requires two. The minimum credit requirement for each emphasis is as follows: 30 credits are required for piano, instrumental performance, guitar, piano pedagogy, orchestral conducting, wind ensemble/band conducting, and choral conducting; 33 credits for organ and voice; 37 credits for violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy; 39 credits for collaborative piano/coaching. The M.M. in both Research requires 33 credits and the M.M. in Pedagogy requires 30 credits.