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Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in music is designed for qualified graduate students with a Bachelor's degree in music seeking a professional academic degree that culminates with a final thesis.

The University of Maryland School of Music Offers M.A. degrees in the following areas:

For specific policies and requirements in the above M.A. degrees, please refer to our most recent academic Graduate Handbook.

The course of study usually consists of 30-35 semester hours (depending upon the specific program) in courses approved for graduate credit, at least eighteen of which must be earned on the 600-level or above. The credits are divided among three groups:

  • MAJOR STUDIES (12 credits minimum)


  • OTHER STUDIES IN MUSIC (e.g. Ethnomusicology, History/Literature, Music Theory/Analysis) — 9 credits minimum. Other Studies in Music will consist of a minimum of 9 credits with 3 credits in Seminar in Music Research (Bibliography) at the 600 level, 3 credits in History/Literature and 3 credits in Theory/Analysis. If the Major Studies requires a 3-credit bibliography course, the students shall take a 3-credit course outside the major.

Additionally, M.A. students are required to accomplish the following:

  • Pass Written Divisional Qualifying Examinations
  • Present a Thesis
  • Pass the Oral Defense of Thesis