Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Master of Music Curriculum Outline

Music Composition Major

(revised 2009)

Admission requirements are available on the Policies and Procedures page.

Degree Requirement:
The degree requires the completion of 30 semester hours, including a thesis, which consists of a score and recorded performance (if at all possible) of an original work in a larger form. An oral thesis defense is required. After the successful defense has been completed, permanently-bound copies of the score must be placed in both the university library and the music graduate office before the degree will be conferred.

A separate final comprehensive oral examination covering the entire program of study is also required after the successful thesis defense.

The Graduate Music Diagnostic Exams in music theory and music history are required for placement purposes. These exams are administered immediately prior to the start of classes each semester. Student performance on these exams may indicate a need for review coursework in these areas in addition to the distribution requirements listed below.

At least 50% of the curriculum must be courses numbered at the 500-level or higher.

Ensemble (1)
MT 421 Professional Topics in Music Composition (1)
MH 520 Research in Music (3)
Music History Electives MH 405 or MH 500-506 (3)
MT 619 Advanced Composition (3, 3, 3)
MT 708 Composition Recital (0)
MT 709 Thesis (3)
MT 799 Final Oral Examination (0)
Music Theory Electives (4) Note: MT 550 (Pedagogy of Music Theory) is encouraged, but not required. If electronic music has not been taken at the undergraduate level, it is strongly recommended that MT 440 (Electronic Music I) and MT 441 (Electronic Music II) be taken. Additional hours of MT 619 may NOT be used to satisfy this requirement
General Music Electives (6)

Note: Independent studies may only be used to fulfill "General Music Elective" credit requirements and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Music Studies.