The College of Arts and Architecture



Program Goals

The Master of Arts in musicology emphasizes the development of a broad knowledge of music of all periods and at the same time cultivates one or more areas of specialization.  Students in the program are expected to continue development of theoretical skills as essential tools of musicological research.  The program culminates in the writing of a thesis in an area of specialization.

Program Description

This program requires a minimum of 32 credits of course work including a six-credit thesis.  At least 18 credits must be at the 500 or 600 level, and a minimum of 20 credits must be taken at University Park.  A reading examination in German or another language appropriate to the student's thesis research, as determined by the student's thesis adviser, must be passed before thesis credit may be scheduled.  Knowledge of the history and theory of Western art music must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of competency examinations or completion of specified remedial courses in addition to the curricular requirements listed here.  An oral examination focusing on the student's thesis research area and course work must be passed near the completion of the program.

The 32-credit requirement is as follows:

            Introduction to Music Reference and Research Materials (Music 500)                 2 credits

            Seminar in Musicology (Music 572)                                                                  3

            Integrative Seminar in Music Theory and History (Music 573)                           3

            Thesis (Music 600)                                                                                           6

            *Music history                                                                                                  6-9

            **Music theory                                                                                                 3-6

            ***Cognate area                                                                                               6


*Selected from: Music 461W (Antiquity to 1600), Music 462W (1550-1750), Music 463W (1700-1900), Music 464W (1850-present).

**Selected from: Music 431 (Advanced Tonal Analysis), Music 433 (Advanced Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music), Music 531 (Analytical Techniques), Music 532 (Schenkerian Analysis).

***The Musicology M.A. requires that students take 6 credits in an area outside of music (known as a “cognate area”).  These courses are selected in consultation with the student’s academic adviser, and should preferably be related to the student’s particular musicological interest and thesis topic.

Note: Unsatisfactory performance on the competency examinations in music theory and history taken at the beginning of the program may result in the necessity of additional course work.  (See pp. 34-35)

Note: If music history courses total 6 credits, then music theory courses must total at least 6 credits.  If music history courses total 9 credits, then music theory courses must total at least 3 credits.  This will ensure that the student accumulates the required minimum of 32 credits in the degree program.


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