Master of Arts in Musicology

This liberal degree is designed to prepare a student to pursue a career in college teaching, or doctoral studies in music history or musicology. Opportunities are provided for continued development of musical insights, scholarly competencies, and the enhancement of interests in musical and related non-musical areas.


  • Bachelors degree in music (For international students: demonstrated equivalent) 
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours 
  • Keyboard competency as is typically developed in an undergraduate music degree program 
  • Demonstrated competency in language study appropriate to research 
  • Music history courses beyond the core music history courses (Music 2307, 2308 at MU) 
  • Freshman/sophomore music theory courses 
  • 1 semester of orchestration 
  • 1 course in counterpoint (3 credits or equivalent) 
  • 1 course in Western civilization 

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Additional Requirements 

  • Comprehensive Exam Information 
  • See degree specific guidelines on this page 
  • The student must assemble a faculty thesis committee, complete a written thesis to the committee's satisfaction, and pass an oral examination regarding the thesis. 
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree.