Music MA

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : Music Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Arts in Music program is intended to provide additional study and training in music to individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in music or the equivalent.


The Music MA program requires a minimum of 30-34 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must take 11 credit hours of required music courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Both thesis and nonthesis options are available and students planning on pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to select the thesis option. Nonthesis students must take a Recital or Graduate Project course (2 credit hours) in addition to the 28 credit hours of coursework described above, and thesis students must complete a thesis project (6 credit hours).
Total Credit Hours Required:
30-34 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—11 Credit Hours 

Note: The designation MUN 5XXX means that any 5000-level ensemble course will fulfill this requirement; similarly, MVX 5XXX means that any 5000-level applied music course in performance will fulfill this requirement.

  • MUH 6916 Bibliography and Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 6935 Music History Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 6621 Techniques and Concepts of Musical Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • MUN 5XXX Ensemble Performance (two semesters, audition, 2 credit hours) or MVX 5XXX Performance (one semester; audition, 2 credit hours).

Elective Courses—17 Credit Hours

Restricted Electives in Music—9 Credit Hours

Course selections in this area will be in a cognate or area of emphasis with approval by program adviser (Performance, Conducting, Composition, Music History, Music Theory, Music Education, Jazz Studies, etc.). Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level.

  • MUH 6935 Music History Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUE 5348C K-12 Music Methods (4 credit hours)
  • MUE 6175 Teaching Music Performance (3 credit hours)
  • MUE 6349 Advanced General Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUG 6106 Advanced Conducting I (3 credit hours)
  • MUG 6306 Conducting VI (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MVX 5XXX Performance V (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MVX 6XXX Performance VI (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUC 5112 Composition V (portfolio required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUC 6251 Composition VI (portfolio required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 5677 Wellness for the Performing Musician (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 5936 Music Theory Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5326 Medieval/Renaissance Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5345 Music of the Baroque (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5356 Eighteenth-Century Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5365 Nineteenth-Century Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5375 Music Since 1900 (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5816 Jazz Styles and Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 5365 Music and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 5381 Arranging and Composing Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUM 5806 Performing Arts Management (3 credit hours)
  • MUN 5478L Early Music Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5368L Graduate Madrigal Singers (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5385L Graduate University Chorus (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5325 Graduate Women’s Chorus (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5465L Graduate Chamber Music (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5145 Wind Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5215 Symphony Orchestra (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5125 Concert Band (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5445 Percussion Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5715L Jazz Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5716L Jazz Chamber Group (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times
  • MUO 5505L Graduate Opera Workshop (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.

Restricted Elective Studies in Supportive Areas—8 Credit Hours

  • 5000- or 6000-level music courses or non-music courses with approval of adviser; may include any new or repeatable courses from the sections above. Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level.
  • MVO 5250 Advanced Secondary Instruction (1 credit hour)
  • MUS 6908 Independent Study (1–3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students planning to pursue a doctoral degree (in areas such as music theory, music education, or music history) are strongly encouraged to select the thesis option.

  • MUS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—2 Credit Hours

The culminating experience may be a recital in performance, composition, or conducting (Graduate Recital); or a written project of smaller scope than a thesis; e.g., a portfolio or research paper (Graduate Project).

  • MUS 6976L Graduate Recital (2 credit hours) or MUS 6975L Graduate Project (2 credit hours).

Additional Program Requirements

  • Performance V and VI, Conducting VI, and ensembles all require an audition.
  • Composition V and VI requires submission of a portfolio.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of MUN courses may be counted toward the degree.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours applied to the degree must be at the 6000 level.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Music Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in music from a NASM accredited school or the equivalent.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A formal writing sample of at least 1000 words, which should represent the applicant's best scholarly work. The topic should be on a musical subject.
  • The MA Supplemental Application, which can be found on the department website or mailed at the applicant's request.
  • An Admission Examination with a faculty committee. This examination will consist of an interview or audition or portfolio review as appropriate according to the applicant’s goals. The applicant will consult with the Graduate Coordinator in advance to prepare for presentation in appropriate areas of interest to the candidate, such as performance, conducting, composition, music history, etc. It is highly recommended to attend this examination in person, although the use of audio and/or video recordings is possible, with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator. The faculty committee will evaluate the candidate and make a recommendation regarding admission to the Music Department Chair, who will make the final decision.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Applicants may be given conditional admission, conditional to the imminent completion of the bachelor’s degree and submission of a final transcript.

After acceptance and at the beginning of course work, students will take a diagnostic exam in Music Theory. If remedial course work is required in the case of deficiencies, this will not count toward the total hours for the degree.

Students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit from another accredited institution, subject to approval of adviser.

Application Deadlines

Music MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.