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Music: Master of Arts (MA) in ​Music
The Aaron Copland School of Music offers university curricula in musical composition, theory, and musicology, leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree.

The MA in Music provides necessary training for classical composers, for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in musicology or theory, and for students who plan to enter other music-related fields. Students may major in composition, theory, or music history (musicology).

Electives are planned for the needs of the school music teacher or are drawn from other graduate music offerings. Concentrations in instrumental music, general music, jazz music education, composition pedagogy, and conducting are offered.

Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
An undergraduate degree with a major in music (or its equivalent).
2. Applicants apply in one of three areas of study: composition; theory or musicology. Applicants should submit copies of recent work to Professor William Rothstein, Graduate Advisor, Music Building, as stipulated below:
   a. Composition: two or three recent works
   b. Theory: one or two examples of composition in 18th- or 19th-century style and a recent paper, preferably on an analytical topic
   c. Musicology: one or more recent papers
3. Applicants in theory and musicology are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).The GRE is not required of applicants in composition.
4. International students are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 79 or the IELTS with a minimum score of 6. Provisional acceptance is available if the TOEFL score is between 75 and 79, or the IELTS score is between 5.5 and 6.


Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineNovember 1
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricYes

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