Master’s Programs

Joshua Easts conducts Messiah


The Master of Arts in Music is awarded in recognition of demonstrated accomplishment in the field of music, with special emphasis in historical musicology or theory. The Master of Music is awarded in recognition of musical accomplishment with special emphasis in performance or conducting. The master’s degree programs require 24 to 30 credits of course work (depending upon the specialty). The Master of Arts program also requires 9 research credits (Grad 5950), plus a thesis which does not receive specific numerical credit. Students in performance must present a public recital.

New students must take the Graduate Theory Placement Examination as part of the application process. (See the description on the Admission page.) On the basis of this test, some students will be required to complete Music 4371 (Theory Review) in their first semester, as a prerequisite to the required course, Music 5302 (Analytic Techniques). The examination may be taken at any time. Please call the UConn Music Department at (860) 486-3728 to make an appointment.

The following outlines list the courses and credits required for each masters program. A complete listing of individual courses and course descriptions is given in the Graduate Catalog. For other requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study and Final Requirements as indicated.

For the Master’s Degree Plan of Study, please click here.

Master of Arts (MA)

Historical Musicology

Music Theory

Master of Music (MM)


Choral Conducting

Instrumental Conducting