Master of Music in Composition

This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in composition, college teaching, or doctoral study.

MU offers numerous opportunities for collaboration with artists various mediums, community engagement in the creative process, and performance of works on and off campus. The graduate New Music Ensemble is dedicated to performing works of student composers studying at MU. Our annual Sinquefield Composition Prize gives one of our students the opportunity to have a work for large ensemble performed at the annual Chancellor's Concert. In addition we host a Student Composers Concert each spring, a Composers Forum, and a student chapter of Society of Composers, Inc. Our graduates have been admitted to some of the most prestigious doctoral programs in the country, and our students have won many competitions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the prestigious Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Student Composers.


  • Bachelors degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent) 
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours 
  • 3 credits of 18th- or 16th-century counterpoint 
  • 2 credits of orchestration 
  • 8 credits of composition 
  • 4 credits of music history (equivalent study to Music 2307-2308) 
  • 16 credits of applied instruction (or equivalent) 

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 and pass an oral examination regarding the thesis (a final, substantial original work). 
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree. 


Professor, Composition
Artistic Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI)
308 Sinquefield Music Center