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:
- Music Education
- Music History & Literature
- Music Theory
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)
- STUDIES IN AREAS SUPPORTIVE OF THE MAJOR (9 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