Music Composition, M.M.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement. Samples of work are required and should be forwarded directly to the Music office. Some applicants may need to submit a resume/vita and/or participate in an interview or audition. Contact the Music office for more information.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 33 credit hours

Enrollment in MUP 651 Performance Studies or MUP 699 Thesis is required during the semester of the degree recital.

A written Comprehensive Exam is required for graduation.

A thesis is required and at least one recital is required (Capstone Experience).

Courses in the Major (18 credits)
MUP 600Recital0
MUP 644Digital Music I 3
or MUP 645 Digital Music Composition II
MUP 651Performance Studies 19
MUP 655Orchestration 3
MUP 699Thesis3
Courses in Support of the Major (12 credits)
MUS 639Tonal Counterpoint3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
3-6 credits of Musicology and Ethnomusicology 2
3-6 credits of Music Theory
Electives (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of electives 33
Total Credit Hours33

Enrollment in at least two semesters of MUP 651 is required before the semester of the degree recital.


Must include one course focusing on music of the past 100 years.


Must be Music electives. Upon approval of the Composition Faculty and the Graduate Program Director in Music Performance, a course in digital media (e.g., film, video) offered in other departments such as Art or Media Studies may be used as an elective.

Graduate Music Handbook

Additional policies and regulations are found in the Graduate Music Handbook located at: