May 23, 2018
The School of Music offers a Master of Arts degree in Music with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Music program requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit three letters of recommendation.
Additionally, those seeking a specialization in musicology must submit two (2) research papers of at least five (5) pages in length, one of which is on a music topic.
Candidates for the Master of Arts in Music with a specialization in musicology must
- complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
- successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student’s last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.
Curriculum: Music, Musicology
Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:
Specialization Courses (12 hours)
- Two semesters of MUS 6630 Music Seminar (6 credit hours)
- Course at the 6000 level in a related field (must be approved by the graduate coordinator) (3 credit hours)
- MUS 6640 - Thesis Research 1 to 6 credit hours (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses (9 hours)
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.