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Theory/Composition Degree Plan

The theory/composition concentration within the Master of Music degree requires 30 credit hours.

Major Area

12 credit hours

  • MUS 577 (Analysis of Tonal Music) and MUS 578 (Analysis of Twentieth Century Music) (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 542 Composition1 (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 599: Thesis Research and Thesis (6 credit hours)

Supporting Work

12 credit hours

  • MUS 515 (Research and Bibliography) (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 573 (Survey of Music Theory) (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 575 (Music Theory Pedagogy) (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 562 (Seminar in Music History) (3 credit hours)


6 credit hours

  • Any 400G or 500 level MUS courses

All full-time students must enroll and participate in a minimum of one section of MUS 544 Graduate Ensemble each semester whether or not the student has an assistantship.

1 For the student planning on writing a theoretical thesis, this course may be replaced with either MUS577 or 578, whichever one the student did not take previously.