Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Master of Music

If you are pursuing a graduate degree in music, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible to complete your degree.

Every Master of Music student must complete the following 17-hour required core. Requirements for each of the individual tracks are also listed.

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Required Core

First semester courses Credit hours
MUS 700 Introduction to Graduate Study in Music3
MUS 675, 678, 682, 762, 765, 768, 775, 776, 778, 792 - Ensembles2
MUS 649, 651, 653, 655, 656, 657, 749, 751, 753, 755, 756 or 757 - Applied Music2
Advanced courses in Music Theory and Comp or Music History6
MUS 790, 798, 799 - Final Project (public performance and research document)4
Total hours17

Composition Concentration

Third semester courses Credit hours
MUS 629 Introduction to Commercial Music3
MUS 728 Pedagogy of Music Theory3
MUS 715 Advanced Composition9
Total hours15

Conducting Concentration

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 670, 671, 780 - Conducting6
MUS 781 Score Reading and Analysis3
MUS 746, 747, 748 - Repertoire Course (Choose Wind, Orchestral, Choral)3
Music Electives3
Total hours15

Music Education Concentration

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
Music Education Core (required)0
MUS 725 History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MUS 707 Psychology of Music3
Music Education Electives - may be general, choral, or instrumental areas9
Total hours15

Pedagogy Concentration

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 749, 751, 753, 755, 756, 757 - Advanced Applied Music (additional to core)2
MUS 658 Survey of Pedagogical Methods2
MUS 738 Survey of Pre-College Repertoire2
MUS 739 Pedagogy Practicum I3
MUS 740 Pedagogy Practicum II3
Music Electives3
Total hours15

Performance Concentration

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
MUS 658 Survey of Pedagogical Methods2
MUS 749, 751, 753, 755, 756, 757 - Advanced Applied Music (additional to core)6
MUS 762, 765, 768, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 778, 792 - Ensembles (additional to core)2
Music Electives5
Total hours15

Theory Concentration

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 629 Introduction to Commercial Music3
MUS 728 Pedagogy of Music Theory3
MUS 727 Seminar: Music Theory3
MUS 744 Directed Study in Music Theory1-3
Music History and Literature Elective3
Total hours15