Master of Music in Composition

The Master of Music in Composition prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of composition and arranging.


Comprehensive Master’s-Level Exit Exam (0 Units) 1
Core Courses
GMUS 500Introduction to Graduate Research Methods3
Students enroll in GMUS 501A or B, and GMUS 502 A or B, depending upon diagnostic entrance exam results.
GMUS 501ASeminar in Musicology: The Renaissance3
or GMUS 501B Seminar in Musicology: The Baroque
GMUS 502ASeminar in Musicology: The Nineteenth Century3
or GMUS 502B Seminar in Musicology: The Twentieth Century
GMUS 503Advanced Analysis of Form and Style3
Additional Courses
GMUS 504Advanced Orchestration3
GMUS 505Advanced Choral Arranging3
GMUS 520Applied Instruction I (2 units each semester, 8 total units)2
GMUS 544Music Technology Seminar3
Electives or Piano 24
Composition RecitalN/C
Total Units33