2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Music MA

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MA
Department: School of Performing Arts Option: Thesis
Program Websites: http://music.cah.ucf.edu/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Music program is intended to provide additional study and training in music to individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in music or the equivalent.

The Conducting Concentration is designed for those students who wish to specialize in conducting, leading to recital performances as a conductor.

The Music Studies Concentration reflects the general nature of this degree and allows students to pursue a variety of interests within music, such as performance, jazz studies, music education, and composition. The philosophy of this program is to provide graduate students with the advanced education, skills, and credentials to enhance their professional abilities and opportunities.


The Music MA program requires a minimum of 30-34 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must take 11 credit hours of required music courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Both thesis and nonthesis options are available and students planning on pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to select the thesis option. Nonthesis students must take a Recital or Graduate Project course (2 credit hours) in addition to the 28 credit hours of coursework described above, and thesis students must complete a thesis project (6 credit hours).

Total Credit Hours Required: 30-34 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Music Studies Concentration: 30-34 Credit Hours

Music Studies Required Courses: 11 Credit Hours

Note: The designation MUN 5XXX means that any 5000-level ensemble course will fulfill this requirement; similarly, MVX 5XXX means that any 5000-level applied music course in performance will fulfill this requirement.

Music Studies Elective Courses: 17 Credit Hours

Music Studies Restricted Electives in Music: 9 Credit Hours

Course selections in this area will be in a cognate or area of emphasis with approval by program adviser (Performance, Conducting, Composition, Music History, Music Theory, Music Education, Jazz Studies, etc.). Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level.

Music Studies Restricted Elective Studies in Supportive Areas: 8 Credit Hours

  • 1 Credit Hours
  • MUS 6908- Independent Study 1-3 Credit Hours 
  • 5000- or 6000-level music courses or non-music courses with approval of advisor; may include any new or repeatable courses from the sections above. Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level. 

Music Studies Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Students planning to pursue a doctoral degree (in areas such as music theory, music education, or music history) are strongly encouraged to select the thesis option.

  • MUS 6971 Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Music Studies Nonthesis Option: 2 Credit Hours

The culminating experience may be a recital in performance, composition, or conducting (Graduate Recital); or a written project of smaller scope than a thesis; e.g., a portfolio or research paper (Graduate Project).

Conducting Concentration: 30 Credit Hours

Conducting Required Courses: 11 Credit Hours

Conducting Elective Courses: 17 Credit Hours

Conducting Area of Emphasis: 12 Credit Hours

Conducting Music Electives: 5 Credit Hours

Conducting Nonthesis Option: 2 Credit Hours

Additional Program Requirements

  • Performance V and VI, Conducting & Literature, and ensembles all require an audition.
  • Composition V and VI requires submission of a portfolio.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of MUN courses may be counted toward the degree.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours applied to the degree must be at the 6000 level.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Music Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in music from a NASM accredited school or the equivalent.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A formal writing sample of at least 1000 words, which should represent the applicant’s best scholarly work. The topic should be on a musical subject.
  • Applicants for the Conducting Concentration will submit a conducting/rehearsal audition of approximately 20 minutes on a repertoire to be agreed upon with the UCF Director of Bands, Director of Choral Activities, or Director of Orchestras (based on an area of focus), in consultation with conducting faculty. A video or remote live conducting example may be substituted at the discretion of the faculty. Applicants will also meet in an interview with UCF conducting faculty.
  • Applicants for all other areas within the Music Studies Concentration will require an Admission Examination with a faculty committee. This examination will consist of an interview or audition or portfolio review as appropriate according to the applicant’s goals. The applicant will consult with the Graduate Coordinator in advance to prepare for presentation in appropriate areas of interest to the candidate, such as performance, composition, music history, etc. It is highly recommended to attend this examination in person, although the use of audio and/or video recordings is possible, with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator. The faculty committee will evaluate the candidate and make a recommendation regarding admission. The final decision will be made by either the Graduate Coordinator or Director of the School of Performing Arts.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Applicants may be given conditional admission, conditional to the imminent completion of the bachelor’s degree and submission of a final transcript.

After acceptance and at the beginning of course work, students will take a diagnostic exam in Music Theory. If remedial course work is required in the case of deficiencies, this will not count toward the total hours for the degree.

Students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit from another accredited institution, subject to approval of adviser.

Application Deadlines

Music MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Keith Koons DMA
Telephone: 407-823-5116
Performing Arts Center (PAC) M122

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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