Master of Music in Musicology
Master of Music in Musicology Degree Program
The Master of Music (M.M.) degree in musicology requires a minimum of 30 credits and is designed to further the student’s knowledge and in depth exploration of musicology (music history) at the post-baccalaureate level.
M.M. in Musicology Admission
Applicants are expected to have educational backgrounds equivalent to the B.A. or B.M. from KU or another accredited university. Applicants are expected to have a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, Spanish, or any other foreign language approved by the department. A language deficiency may be satisfied after entrance into the program. Proficiency at the piano is encouraged. Applicants must submit samples of original scholarly writing. In addition to the required course work, students are encouraged to continue study of performance or composition.
Graduate Admission to the School of Music
Application procedures and program requirements can change. Please visit the School of Music Admissions webpage for current information.
Graduate programs in the School of Music are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate degrees, as specified by the admitting areas, whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), from KU or from another regionally accredited institution or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements.
Programs of study leading to the Master of Music (M.M.), Master of Music Education (M.M.E.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are offered through the School of Music. Specific admission procedures and degree requirements for the M.M. and M.M.E. programs are described under division headings. Specific admission procedures and degree requirements for the D.M.A., Ph.D. (musicology/music theory), and Ph.D. (music education/music therapy) are listed in the appropriate sections.
Graduate study in the School of Music is organized into program areas within 2 units:
- Music includes programs in composition, conducting, musicology, music theory, and areas of performance.
- Music Education and Music Therapy (MEMT) includes programs in music education or music therapy.
At least a 3.0 grade-point average, overall and in the major area, is required for all course work counted toward any graduate degree in the School of Music. If the overall grade-point average falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation for one semester; if the cumulative average is not 3.0 or higher after the next semester, the student is dismissed from the program. Students must also achieve at least a grade of B or better in thesis, lecture-recital, document or dissertation, and on each recital for satisfactory completion of degree requirements.
M.M. in Musicology Degree Requirements
Final Oral Exam
Master's degree students must schedule and pass a final oral exam. For the Master's degree in musicology, the final oral exam is a defense of the student's thesis.
The musicology student's 3-member Graduate Advisory Committee consists of the student's major professor, one member from the student's major division and one music theory professor. This committee administers the final oral exam.
The course work for the M.M. degree in musicology (minimum of 30 credits) is as follows:
|Musicology courses in 700-level or above||9|
|Advanced music theory courses||3|
|MUSC 801||Music Bibliography and Research||3|
|MUSC 940||Seminar on Selected Topics in Musicology: _____||3|