Graduate Degrees & Programs

The Greatbatch School of Music offers the following graduate degrees:

All degrees are 32-hour programs, designed to be completed within two academic years.


The objectives of all graduate degrees:

  • To admit talented, well-educated musicians ready for further growth as performers, teachers, composers, and advocates of high-quality musical endeavor in a variety of settings.
  • To assist students with increased technical and aesthetic mastery of their chosen musical discipline.
  • To guide students toward an articulate philosophical integration of Biblical Christian faith with the act of music-making.
  • To encourage musical exploration outside the bounds of the student’s past experiences and preferences.
  • To encourage students to understand and articulate the thoughts behind stylistic preferences, philosophies, and musical choices.

For more information, download the Graduate Bulletin (PDF, 599KB).

General Entrance Requirements

Any deficiencies determined by faculty evaluation of placement exams, auditions, or submissions must be addressed by remedial studies and/or additional examinations prior to admission to candidacy and normally in the first year of graduate study. Credit for any remedial studies will NOT be credited to the MM or MA degree program, nor is the tuition cost covered as part of any graduate award.

All students must acquire a higher level of general research skills than that normally required for undergraduate work. Accordingly all students will take MUS 520, Research and Bibliography.

Vocal performance majors must demonstrate one year of college-level study of any two of French, German, or Italian. Acquisition of comparable language mastery of the third language, if not present, is strongly encouraged.

Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 overall (undergraduate music GPA will be evaluated as one component of the admission process).

General Music Proficiency Requirements

All entering MM and MA students will take proficiency exams in music theory, aural skills, and music history. The exams will include:

  • for written theory four-part chorale-style writing in tonal idioms, and analysis of pre-20th-century and 20th-century music examples using standard analytical symbols and/or terminology (including basic 18th-century counterpoint analysis).
  • for aural skills: four-part dictation in tonal idioms, melodic dictation in tonal and non-tonal idioms, error recognition/correction, and sight-singing and/or improvisation.
  • for music history: essay and objective responses to questions which demonstrate basic knowledge of persons, repertoire, and historical contexts relevant to music from the ancient Greeks to the present (with strong emphasis on Western art music).

Deficiencies identified as a result of these exams must normally be addressed by the end of the first year of graduate study.