May 28, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recording Arts and Technologies, M.F.A., ABM Pathway

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Bill Crabtree, Program Director
(615) 494-7908

The Department of Recording Industry offers an Accelerated Bachelors to Masters Pathway in Recording Arts and Technologies, M.F.A., corresponding to the Audio Production, B.S.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible a student must

  • have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours;
  • have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at MTSU;
  • have a minimum of two semesters remaining at MTSU; and
  • have an inclusive GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Additional Requirements:

Applicant must

  • submit two letters of recommendation from faculty - one from Recording Industry;
  • submit a Letter of Intent;
  • be approved by the M.F.A. Committee.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Admission to the ABM Pathway is handled by the ABM Pathway coordinator in the department/program. Once accepted to the Pathway by the coordinator, the student will need to fill out the Accelerated Masters Program Contract.

Program Requirements

Students take 12 credit hours from the chart below. Students should consult their undergraduate advisors to ensure they are meeting all requirements for their bachelor’s degrees.

MTSU Undergraduate Course MTSU Graduate Course Credit Hours
RIM 4300 - Advanced Pro Tools Techniques MRAT 6040 - Digital Audio Studio Seminar 3
RIM 4650 - Multitrack Music Recording MRAT 6050 - Multitrack Recording Seminar 3
RIM 4660 - Advanced Music Engineering MRAT 6140 - Graduate Seminar in Audio Recording 3
RIM 4670 - Studio Production MRAT 6110 - Production Seminar I 3

Students must complete the courses in the curriculum with the minimum GPA to qualify for the dual undergraduate/graduate credit. Once courses have been completed, and a student is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, then the student can apply to the graduate program using the basic online application form and fee.  No other application materials will be required, but students will need to provide a valid driver’s license and possibly proof of in-state eligibility if needed.

Student Retention and Withdrawal Policies

Withdrawal from the Undergraduate ABM Pathway

Students may withdraw from an ABM Pathway at any time by informing the ABM Pathway coordinator and respective undergraduate program and graduate program coordinators (or designees) in writing of their intent to withdraw. Withdrawal is considered permanent, and a student who withdraws may not reenter the same ABM Pathway.

Dismissal from the ABM Pathway

Students will be dismissed from an ABM Pathway for failure to maintain satisfactory levels of academic progress, which includes

  1. failure to meet the general ABM Pathway guidelines and specific program requirements;
  2. failure to meet an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in any term;
  3. interruption of the undergraduate course of study for more than three terms, without the prior consent of the undergraduate and graduate program coordinators (or designees).

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