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Admission Requirements

All entering MA students must take a diagnostic entrance examination in music history/literature and music theory/ear-training. Diagnostic examinations will typically be scheduled during the first meeting days of Music 204 and Music 220. Where needed, remedial work may be required prior to graduate study. Any deficiencies assessed in the examination will automatically be addressed in the student's DQE. Diagnostic exams along with the graduate faculty's evaluation will be kept in the student file. Students will be provided with a copy of the faculty member's evaluation of their diagnostic examination. Students are encouraged to review their exams in the department office. An audition or entrance interview is also required and can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for student and faculty mentor.

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Specific requirements (12 units)

MUSIC 204, 220, one music history seminar (MUSIC 260T, MUSIC 277) and one music theory seminar (MUSIC 240T, MUSIC 267)

Option (select one) (10-11 units)
Music Education

Electives (4-5 units)
Courses in music, or related fields, in a subject other than music (consult adviser)

Project or thesis (3 units)

Total (30 units)

Students in the performance option who elect emphases in vocal performance and choral conducting must satisfy foreign language requirements in French, German, or Italian (see area adviser). Courses in addition to those in the M.A. requirements may be specified after examination of the student's record and the student's performance on the diagnostic entrance examination. A maximum of 4 units in MUSIC 102 taken after completion of the B.A. may be applied to the M.A. A written qualifying examination is required for admission to project or thesis.

NOTE: Students may count up to 6 units maximum towards the MA for each of the following courses: Music 210, Music 211, and Music 290. Students may enroll for these courses beyond the 6 unit limit. However, those units beyond the 6-unit limit will not count towards the degree.

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