College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Department of Music

Graduate Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate Offered:

School-Based Music Methods

Objectives of the Graduate Programs in Music

The graduate programs in Music are committed to the continued acquisition of musical knowledge and professional competence and the development of research skills. The specific objectives of the various degree programs are listed under the individual program descriptions. 

General Requirements for Admission

Applicants for admission to the Master of Music degree program must possess a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major in music. Those holding degrees in other disciplines will be expected to take prerequisite undergraduate courses for no graduate credit to bring their skills to a level commensurate with that attained by an undergraduate music major in the area of the application. Some prerequisites may be waived at the discretion of the Department of Music through distinguished results on placement examinations and/or performance auditions. 

All applicants are expected to present an undergraduate record of sufficient quality to assure a reasonable expectation of successful graduate achievement. Candidates for admission must submit the required Graduate School application forms, GRE scores, and official transcripts of previous post-secondary education. Applicants for admission to the Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology must pass the MM:SRT Entrance Exam. Applicants for admission to the Master of Music in Teaching and the Master of Music in Music Education must have passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) test in Music within the last five years and must submit the results of this test. Each program requires additional materials or examinations which must be completed or filed by the applicant. Please review the materials for information on individual programs. 


Successful candidates for admission will be assigned a faculty advisor and notified of registration dates and other pertinent information. 

General Program Requirements

All Master of Music programs require a minimum of 30 credits. Each program has a required capstone component. Depending on the program, this will be apprentice teaching, a thesis, a project report, or a recital project. Students are required to participate in an ensemble during every semester in which they have full-time status. Specific requirements are listed under the individual program descriptions. 

Comprehensive Examination

All Master of Music candidates must pass a comprehensive examination in their major field and in music theory and history. All candidates may expect to be examined in depth in their major area of concentration. Further information as to the nature and scope of the comprehensive examinations may be obtained from the student's advisor or the department chair.