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.

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Required Courses (Only one course grade below B- allowed; at least 12 credits must be at the 8000 level)

8313

Introduction to Graduate Studies I

2

8314

Introduction to Graduate Studies II

1

 

 

Minimum:

7xxx-8xxx

Music History courses

8

8090

Research (Thesis; 8 hours maximum)

4

7xxx-8xxx

Advanced Theory courses

4

7455

Applied Music

2

7xxx

Non-music electives 2

7xxx-8xxx

Electives in theory, music history, or research

10

8841/8842 Ensembles  
  Total 33

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • 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.
  • As indicated above, no more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree.