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Master of Music: Composition

MASTER OF MUSIC: Major in Composition

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Students in the MM Composition Program receive individualized instruction with our composition faculty, opportunities to have their works performed each semester, and receive outstanding supplemental training in music technology, music theory and analysis, and music literature. Opportunities for electives and applied study further enhance the experience of our graduate composition students. Recent students in our program have been accepted to prestigious doctoral programs, have had compositions premiered by professional performers in the US and abroad, and have had readings of their works by ensembles in residence and visiting artists such as Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago).

HOW TO APPLY: Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the School of Music for other application requirements.  Graduate Information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 35 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.


Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I


MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II


Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music


Select one from the following:


MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History--Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History--Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History--Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History--Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History--20th Century


Applied Music:

MUS APPL 6540 (540:254)



Music Electives: primarily in the areas of music literature and theory:



MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital


Total Hours


Additional Requirements:

  1. Performance recital of candidate-generated compositions.
  2. Recital abstract.