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Master of Arts in Composition

Applicants whose undergraduate work was strong in liberal arts and who wish to continue that emphasis at the graduate level may prefer to apply for the MA. Applicants wishing the maximum number of elections in music should seek the MM program. Course elections in performance do not count toward the thirty hours required for the degree in the Master of Arts program.

Program of Study

Like the MM, the Master of Arts in Composition requires the completion of at least 30 hours of graduate work. The MA requires:

  • Eight hours of composition
  • Four hours in a field outside music and dance comprising a minor/cognate
  • Eight hours in music outside composition
  • Submission of a thesis consisting of a short orchestral work composed while in residence

Note: The main difference between the curriculums for the MM and the MA programs in composition is that the minor for the MM degree is in a field within music (e.g., performance, musicology, or music theory), while the minor for the MA degree is in a field outside of music. While the application process differs for these degrees, the admission criteria are identical, and it is possible to change from one to the other after admission.

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