M.A. degree program in musicology
HEGIS code 1005
NYS SED program code 02020

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The master of arts degree in musicology is for the student who wishes to concentrate on music scholarship. With a breadth of graduate seminars that engage topics ranging from art music to jazz and popular music to ethnomusicology, graduate students in musicology can fully explore their interests before beginning thesis research. 30 credits in graduate level music courses and a thesis are required.

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Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory of
Fall Application Deadline March 1st - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

All applicants are given placement examinations. Submit two (2) papers on historical or analytical subjects to Music Department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 36 credits in music courses including courses in analysis, counterpoint, harmony, and history.

Consideration is given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but have unusual talent or experience equivalent to course work. Such applicants should consult the assistant director.

A placement examination is given to all applicants for admission. The test includes writing skills (harmonic and contrapuntal techniques), analysis, history, and literature. Further information about the examination may be obtained from the assistant director.

Applicants in musicology must submit with the application two papers on either historical or analytic subjects.
General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements (30-36 credits)
Thirty credits and a thesis or 36 credits and no thesis are required for the degree in musicology. Before completing 12 credits, students must pass a test given by the conservatory in French, German, or another language approved by the assistant director. Students who completed their bachelor's degree using a modern language other than English may be exempted from this language examination by the assistant director. Students must pass a comprehensive examination. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures." Courses in the conservatory offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses. The program of study must be approved by the conservatory.

Music U7000G; Music U7400G; four courses chosen from Music U7601G through U7651X, Music U7840X, U7850X, and 7860X, to include two seminars in history and one in theory; and one course chosen from Music 7700X through 7781X. Students may submit a thesis acceptable to the conservatory or complete specified required courses in lieu of a thesis. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete Music U7930X. Students who do not choose to write a thesis must complete three courses chosen from Music U7601G through U7651X, U7840X, 7850X, and 7860X.