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MA in Music with Emphasis in Musicology

This 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.

Degree Requirements

The program requires successful completion of 33 credit hours.

Required Courses
MUS_H_LI 8313Introduction to Graduate Study3
MUS_APMS 7455Studio Instruction (Taken for a total of 2 credits, either 2 semesters for 1 credit each or 1 semester for 2 credits)2

Additional coursework required as determined by student and advisor, to include: Music History (9 credits), Research in Musicology Thesis (4 credits), Music Theory (6 credits), Music Theory or History Electives (6 credits), Music or Non-Music Electives at 7000-level (may include Entrepreneurship; 3 credits).

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination (see School of Music website for additional information)
  • The student must assemble a faculty thesis committee and pass an oral examination regarding the thesis (a final, substantial original work)
  • All courses must be at the 7000 or 8000 level, and at least 15 must be at the 8000 level
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree

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Admission Criteria


  • 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
  • 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 instrumentation
  • 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.


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School's 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 Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.

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