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Music M.A.

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 35
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
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.)with an emphasis in Composition, Music Therapy, Musicology (Ethnomusicology), and Theory.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
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 therapy.
Special Application Requirements:
The M.A.'s theory emphasis requires submission of original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis) for admission. The composition emphasis requires submissions of original scores and recordings (2-4 scores of varying genres) for admission. The musicology/ethnomusicology emphasis requires the submission of original papers for admission. The music therapy emphasis requires documentation of at least 3,500 hours of clinical experience. An interview is also required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
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.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 19 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is written and oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Varies according to field.
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.
Language requirements: A reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian is required for all M.A. degree emphases except therapy. For the emphasis in composition, reading knowledge of a foreign language or, with approval, an equivalent research tool. The master of arts in music offers emphases in musicology/ethnomusicology (Plan A and Plan B), theory (Plan B only), composition (Plan B only). The M.A. in music with emphasis in musicology/ethnomusicology requires 35 credits (25 course credits and 10 thesis credits) for Plan A and 31 course credits for Plan B; the emphasis in composition (Plan B only) requires 35 course credits, and the emphasis in music theory (Plan B only) requires 30 course credits. The credit totals for these emphases include 6 credits required for courses outside the major field. Final Exams: For the emphasis in musicology/ethnomusicology, the final exams are written and oral. For the emphases in theory and composition, the final exams are oral.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Music Education
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan B.
The Music Education sub-plan is no longer accepting applications. Please refer to the School of Music's website at for other options.
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