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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements
Quantitative Reasoning (mathematics)3
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Oral Communication 23
Core Requirements
Literature 33
Natural Science 3,47
Western Civilization/World History3
Social or Behavioral Sciences 33
Global Understanding 53
Total Credits31

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) for ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core). Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) or ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core), as well as in ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core), to fulfill degree requirements.


All students excluding Music Technology students must take MUSI 251 Musical/Oral Communication


Also have significant elective choices as per Mason Core listing.


Two classes; one must contain a lab. Students completing the Concentration in Music Technology must take PHYS 103 Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core).


All students excluding Music Technology students must take MUSI 431 Music History in Society III (Mason Core)

Remaining Mason Core requirements are fulfilled with major coursework.

Additional Non-Major coursework

One of the following:0-18
Intermediate-level language proficiency 1
Double Major 2
Double Degree 2
Total Credits0-18

See CVPA Requirements and Policies for details regarding foreign language requirement.


In a discipline other than music.

Music Major

MUSI 113Aural Skills I1
One credit of1
Aural Skills II
MUSI 115Theory I3
MUSI 116Theory II3
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I 11
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II 21
Music History Courses
Music Technology concentration students only:9
Music History in Society A
Music History in Society B 3
Music History in Society C
All other students:6
Music History in Society I
Music History in Society IV
Music History in Society II 4
Performance and Music Electives
Five semesters of0
Recital Attendance
MUSI 490RS: Musical Communication in Context (Mason Core)3
Select one from the following:3-5
Music Technology concentration students only:
Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)
and Ethics and the Cybersociety (Mason Core)
All other students:
Music in Computer Technology (Mason Core)
All students excluding Music Technology students:12-13
Applied Music Options (list follows) 56-8
Music Ensemble (list follows)3
Total Credits38-44

Pianists substitute MUSI 371 Techniques of Accompanying I for MUSI 171 Keyboard Skills I


Pianists substitute MUSI 372 Techniques of Accompanying II for MUSI 172 Keyboard Skills II


Meets Writing Intensive requirement in the BA in Music with a concentration in Music Technology.


Meets Writing Intensive requirement in the BA in Music (all concentrations except Music Technology).


Students in the Music Technology concentration should take 8 credits of Applied Music. All others should take 6 credits.

Applied Music Options

See Music advisor for registration permission and options.
MUSI 242Applied Music in Keyboard2
MUSI 243Applied Music in Voice2
MUSI 244Applied Music in Woodwind2
MUSI 245Applied Music in Brass2
MUSI 246Applied Music in String2
MUSI 247Applied Music in Percussion2
MUSI 248Applied Music in Composition2
MUSI 442Applied Music in Keyboard2-3
MUSI 443Applied Music in Voice2-3
MUSI 444Applied Music in Woodwind2-3
MUSI 445Applied Music in Brass2-3
MUSI 446Applied Music in String2-3
MUSI 447Applied Music in Percussion2-3
MUSI 448Applied Music in Composition2-3

Music Ensemble Options

MUSI 380Wind Symphony (Mason Core)1
MUSI 381University Chorale (Mason Core)1
MUSI 382Piano Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 383Symphonic Band (Mason Core)1
MUSI 384Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)1
MUSI 385Chamber Singers (Mason Core)1
MUSI 387Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)1
MUSI 389Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 485Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)1


All students (except for Music Technology students) must register for a pedagogy and literature class appropriate to their major instrument or register for a teaching internship.

Select one from the following:0-3
Teaching Internship (2 credits)
Keyboard Pedagogy 1
Vocal Pedagogy and Lab 2
Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature 3
Total Credits0-3

Required for keyboard students. 


Required for vocal students.


Topic varies; students must register for the topic corresponding with their major instrument. Required for strings and guitar students; recommended for wind, brass, or percussion students.

Concentration in Music Technology (MTEC)

Students pursuing this concentration may not also pursue the Music and Technology minor. Students who wish to complete a concentration in music technology must also complete the following:

MUSI 252Popular Music Arranging3
MUSI 254Music and Technology3
MUSI 354Electronic Composition3
MUSI 355Recording Techniques3
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology3
Total Credits15

General Electives

Select the amount of elective credit corresponding with degree path: 1
Music Technology students20-38
All other students23-41

Electives may not include additional music courses.

Music, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA


Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students may need a longer timeframe to complete all requirements.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Music and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Application Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Studies. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office for more details about the application process. 

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Option Requirements.

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Music. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.