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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Degree Requirements - College of the Arts

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The College of the Arts offers degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Due to the variety of degrees offered, students are advised to consult the listing for all degrees offered in College of the Arts  and also the departmental sections of this catalog for specific information on degree requirements of particular degrees.

General requirements for master’s degrees:

All schools in the college offer master’s degrees, which provide in-depth instruction and preparation, beyond the bachelor’s level, in a particular field. All master’s degrees require a significant amount of coursework, and all also require a master’s thesis, comprehensive examination, recital, exhibit, or other capstone project or experience to attain the degree. For program tracks requiring a thesis, the thesis committee must consist of at least three faculty members, at least two of whom must come from the major department. After these minimum requirements for committee members are satisfied, additional committee members may be approved.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Requires a minimum of 30-36 graduate hours in the field, depending on program and track.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

  • Requires a minimum of 45-60 graduate hours, depending on program and track. 

Master of Music (M.M.)

  • Requires a minimum of 30-36 graduate hours, depending on program and track.

General Requirements for doctoral degrees:

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Awarding of the D.M.A. degree signifies that the recipient has acquired a broad knowledge of music in all its aspects-practical, historical, and theoretical-and has demonstrated, by successful completion of recitals and a doctoral research project, performance and scholarly competence meeting the discipline’s national standards. The D.M.A. requires at least 60 hours of doctoral-level work and successful completion of language requirements and disciplinary examinations, at the discretion of the Moores School of Music.