The Master of Arts in Music
Course Requirements for the Masters Degree: 30 units
Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer
credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements
for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the
semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree.
See Graduate Education in The University Catalog for complete details
on general degree requirements.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:
1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in Admission to Masters Degree Programs in The University Catalog.
2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.
3. An acceptable baccalaureate in Music from an accredited institution,
or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.
Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Completion of the aptitude and advanced music portions of the Graduate
Record Examination (to be taken before the end of the first semester the
student takes any classes on his/her MA program as a graduate student at
2. Fulfillment of any requirements prescribed as a result of interviews
and, if needed, audition or diagnostic examinations.
Advancement to Candidacy:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at
least 9 units of the proposed program.
2. Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the
3. Development of an approved program in consultation with the Graduate
Coordinator and the graduate advisory committee.
Requirements for the MA in Music:
Completion of all requirements as established by the department, the Graduate
Coordinator, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate
Programs, to include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level
courses as follows:
(a) At least 18 units in the discipline of music, including
the following core: MUS 308, MUS 360, MUS 370, and 2 units selected from
(b) Two-thirds of the units required for the degree
in 300-level courses.
(c) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or
extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work
are not acceptable).
(d) Not more than 15 units taken before admission to
(e) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent
Study (398), Masters Recital (398R), and Masters Thesis (399) or Masters
Project (399); not more than 6 units of Masters Thesis (399) or Masters
2. Completion of a thesis or other culminating activity approved by the
graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Thesis Editor.
Tapes and programs of recitals must be submitted to the Office of Graduate
Programs and the department for filing. Any written material for the MA
must be given to the Graduate Coordinator in final form at least two weeks
before the Office of Graduate Programs deadline.
3. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive final examination (written
or oral) in the field of study.
4. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Coordinators Committee
on behalf of the faculty of the university.
Graduate Literacy Requirement:
Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.
Music degree students will demonstrate their writing competence through
the successful completion of MUS 308, Research Methods and Bibliography.
Graduate Grading Requirements:
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398
and Masters Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those
courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses),
AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum
of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit
grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses
outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual
programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that
unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement
of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students
pursuing graduate study.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on
the approved masters degree program as well as in all course work taken
subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.
Graduate Advising Requirement:
Advising is mandatory each semester for all Music majors.
Consult the Graduate
Coordinator for specifics.