MA in Music with Emphasis 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 music and related non-music areas.


  • Bachelor's degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent)
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Keyboard competency as is typically developed in an undergraduate music degree program
  • 4 semesters of languages: 2 semesters each of French, Italian, or German
  • 3 courses beyond the core music history courses (MUS_H_LI 2307, MUS_H_LI 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
  • 1 course in European history prior to 1800

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)


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate Studies' website for the minimum qualifications for the MA in Music.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and the application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied.

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