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Programs & Degrees

Areas of Study, Degrees, and Programs

While students completing a degree eventually focus on one area of music, such as performance or music history, their coursework frequently includes requirements from other areas in order to complement their skills and make them more complete and knowledgeable musicians. Information about the various programs within the Department of Music can be found by clicking on the links to the left.

Undergraduate degrees

The Department of Music offers a variety of undergraduate degrees. Whether you are preparing for a career as a performer or educator or you simply want to learn more about music, the Department of Music has a degree for you.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees.  There are 3 choices for Bachelor of Arts degrees in music:

*The Bachelor of Arts with a major in music has undergone a significant curricular revision that allows students to pursue their love of music [their desire to study music]and at the same time pursue other academic interests, including majors or minors in other departments and programs within the University.  The new curriculum takes effect beginning Fall of 2015.

Bachelor of Music (BM) degrees.  There are 3 choices of Bachelor of Music degrees in music:

Every student, regardless of degree, has a focus on a particular performance medium.

Graduate degrees

The graduate degrees offered by the Department of Music, together with all the procedures for applying for admission and earning the degrees, can be found in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students. The Department offers masters and doctoral degrees in performance (on most instruments used in traditional symphonic repertoire), conducting, music theory and music history, as listed below. Specific information on all these programs, including admission, financial aid, curricula and other requirements, is available in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students (HTML format).

  • Master of Music in Performance
  • Master of Music in Conducting [More Information] [Application]
  • Master of Arts in Historical Musicology
  • Master of Arts in Music Theory
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting [More Information] [Application]
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music with an emphasis in Music Theory and History

Performer’s Certificates

The program of study leading to the Performer’s Certificate in Music is intended to provide a concentrated course of study in performance for outstanding musicians who have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a university or music conservatory in the United States or an international equivalent. Under the guidance of artist-teachers, students study applied music, participate in chamber music, repertory/coaching (voice), and perform in a major ensemble.

The Performer’s Certificate is intended to be completed in one academic year (in consecutive fall and spring semesters). Nine credits are required in the Fall semester and three in the Spring, for a total of twelve credits. Credits earned in a certificate program may not be applied later to any degree program at the University of Connecticut. Specific information on the types of Performer’s Certificates, listed below, is available in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students.