Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements and Procedures
General requirements for admission to gradu­ate study as stated in the Admissions section of the bulletin.

Musicians with various backgrounds often qualify to study music at the graduate level. Normally, a baccalaureate degree with a major in music is required; however, the following categories may also qualify:

1. Students with an earned baccalaureate de­gree within any major, assuming adequate undergraduate preparation in music. Adequate preparation includes mastery of music theory equivalent to content of MUCT242 Music Theory IV, MUCT152 Ear Training Laboratory II, and MUCT251 Music Technology Laboratory I; mastery of music history equivalent to content of MUHL446-448 Music Literature and Style (Antiquity to 20th Century); and mastery of level of performance appropriate to the specific chosen masters program.

2. Students who have completed programs comparable to the baccalaureate degree from non-United States institutions.

The Department of Music requires placement examinations in music history and literature, music theory, piano proficiency, and an audition in the major area of performance for all entering students prior to registration. Admis­sion status is provisional until these examina­tions are completed and any deficiencies removed. Courses used to make up for a deficiency may be taken for graduate credit but may not count for graduate requirements; a minimum grade of B must be earned.

Ensemble Requirements
Participation on a no-credit basis is required or four semesters in any one of the following ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta, University Chorale, University Singers, Canta Bella, Pioneer Men's Chorus. Keyboard majors: see note below. Students who require more than four semesters to complete their degree must participate in an ensemble during each semester of residence.

Keyboard students in the MA and MMus (music education) programs on the Andrews University campus are required to enroll for 1 credit of MUPF530 Advanced Keyboard ensemble. This may apply as one of the minimum four semesters of ensemble.

Performance majors in piano and organ are required to enroll for two semesters of MUPF530 and may apply these towards the minimum four semesters of ensemble.

Thesis/Project/Recital Requirement
This requirement for an MA with emphasis in music or MMus in music education may be met by one of the following:

1. A thesis--6 credits of MUHL699 and/or EDRM505.
2. Two projects--2 credits of MUHL698 for each project.
3. A credit recital--2 credits plus a minimum of 6 credits
of applied music.
4. One project plus a one-credit recital--2 credits of MUHL698 
for the project plus a minimum of 4 credits of applied music.

The MMus degree in performance requires a 2-credit recital. Recitalists must have taken in residence at least one-half of their applied music credit in their major performance area. They must enroll in applied lessons for at least two consecutive semesters prior to the recital date and must audition before a committee of music faculty one month prior to the recital. Students majoring in performance without an undergraduate major in the same performance area (or the equivalent) must offer two recitals, only the second of which is for credit.

Piano Proficiency: Music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination. Graduate students who have not passed this examination on the undergraduate level must take the examination prior to the first registration. Students who do not pass this examination must enroll in applied piano until the examination is passed.

Electives: Each area of study has appropriate choices of electives.

Comprehensive Examinations: All graduate students in music take comprehensive examinations toward the end of their studies. Students should consult with their advisor concerning the appropriate time to apply for these examinations and for guidance in preparing for them.

Guest Student Permission to Take Class (PTC) Students: A student who plans to study music under this classification (see p. 31) may be admitted to courses as approved by the department chair.

 

Degree Requirements

MA: Music--32+

Core--11
MUCT535, 536;  MUHL519, 524 MUHL695 (2)
Additional courses--21
MUHL524
MUED648 Workshop: AU Music & Worship Conference--1
Music Performance--2-4
Music Education--3
(May be chosen from music education or area Literature and Pedagogy courses.)
Thesis/Project/Recital--2-6
Electives--6-10
(May be chosen from music, art, art history, literature.)
Ensemble: see requirements above
MUPF489, MUED655
*Students who plan to enter a doctoral program in musicology or who plan to teach music history and literature should elect the thesis option and fulfill a language requirement of reading proficiency in French or German.

MA: Music Ministry--35+

Music Components--29+
Sacred Music--7-11

MURE520, MURE590 (1+1), MUED648 (1), MUPF506 (2-6)
Core--11
MUCT535, 536, MUHL 519, 524, 695 (2)
Other Studies in Music--5-13
MUPF500 (2-6), MUPF500 Organ (1), Thesis/Project/Recital (2-6), MUPF489, MUED655, MUHL670 
Ensemble--NC
4 semesters: 2 choral, 2 student choices
Electives--2-6
Seminary Studies--6

CHMN523 (2) required; choose one from CHMN534 or CHMN552 (2); one additional course in either Biblical Studies (OT, NT), Church History, or Theology and Christian Philosophy (2)

Master of Music

Music Education Emphasis--35+

Students majoring in music education must qualify for a state teaching certificate prior to conferral of degree.
Core--11
MUCT535, 536, MUHL519, 524, 695 (2)
Additional courses--min. 24
MUED430 (3) Topics in Music Education, MUED515, 521, MUPF506, MUHL524, Area Literature and Pedagogy course (3), MUED648 Workshop: AU Music & Worship Conference--1
Major Performance--2-4
Thesis/ Project/Recital--2-6
Electives--0-4
Ensemble: see requirements above
MUPF489, MUED655, MUHL670

 

Performance Emphasis--34+

Specialization: Organ, piano, string, or voice
Core--11

MUCT535, 536, MUHL519, 524, 695 (2)
Additional courses--min. 23
Area Literature and Pedagogy courses (6); MUPF506 (organ and voice majors), 538 (string majors), 575, MUPF420 (voice majors)
MUED648 Workshop: Au Music & Worship Conference--1
Major Performance--min. 10
Music Electives--0-5
Ensemble: see requirements above
MUPF489, MUED655, MUHL670

Conducting Emphasis--34+

Specialization: Instrumental or choral conducting
Core--11

MUCT535, 536, MUHL519, 524, 695 (2)
Additional courses--min. 23
Advanced Conducting--min. 9
MUPF575; MUED464 (2)
MUED648 Workshop: AU Music & Worship Conference--1
Music Electives--4
Cognate field--6
Ensemble: see above for requirements
MUPF489, MUED655, MUHL670

 

Music Ministry Emphasis--35+

Music Components--29+
Sacred Music--7-11

MURE520, MURE590 (1+1), MUED648 (1), MUPF506 (2-6)
Core--11
MUCT535, 536, MUHL 519, 524, 695 (2)
Other Studies in Music--5-13
MUPF500 (2-6), MUPF500 Organ (1), Thesis/Project/Recital (2-6), MUPF489, MUED655, MUHL670 
Ensemble--NC
4 semesters: 2 choral, 2 student choices
Electives--2-6
Seminary Studies--6

CHMN523 (2) required; choose one from CHMN534 or CHMN552 (2); one additional course in either Biblical Studies (OT, NT), Church History, or Theology and Christian Philosophy (2)

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