Music Composition, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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:

  • For current degree-seeking students, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Composition faculty member at UNC Greensboro.
  • The application will also contain a portfolio of scores and recordings of original compositions (normally consisting of 3-5 works).
  • An earned bachelor’s degree in Music; in exceptional cases, a student with an undergraduate degree outside of music may be considered.

Certificate Program Requirements

Required: 12 credit hours

Required Courses (12 credits) *
Composition (4-8 credits)
Select 4-8 credits from the following:4-8
Performance Studies **
Performance Studies (Secondary) **
Recital (0-1 credit)
MUP 600Recital0-1
Courses in Creativity (3-9 credits)
Select 1-3 courses (3-9 credits) from the following:3-9
Jazz Arranging I
Jazz Arranging II
Digital Music I
Digital Music Composition II
Tonal Counterpoint
Music Technology Elective (0 or 3 credits)
Select 0-1 course (0 or 3 credits) from the following:0 or 3
Audiovisual Demos For Musicians
Music Technology in Performance
Audio Recording I
Total Credit Hours12

Must be taken at UNC Greensboro, at least 6 credits at the 600 or 700 level; the coordinator of the Composition area will advise the certificate student in course selection.


Applied composition lessons. May be repeated. Maximum 3 credits per term for MUP 651 and maximum 2 credits per term for MUP 653

Exit Requirements

Each certificate student must present a 30-minute recital (MUP 600 Recital) of their original compositions. Degree-seeking students must include a member of the composition faculty on their doctoral advisory committee or master’s comprehensive exam committee. Testing conditions will follow those outlined in the Handbook for Graduate Study in Music for the student’s degree program. Students will be afforded two opportunities to pass the recital requirement.

Graduate Music Handbook

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