Graduate Programs

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Graduate degrees are granted in performance, composition, jazz studies and music education. All Masters of Music students enroll in core studies in music history, theory, and research, along with courses in the students' area of specialization. Beginning in fall 2012, a minimum of 48 quarter hours of graduate credit, taken over a two-year period, is required to complete the Master of Music degree. The 44 credit hour masters programs are only effective through spring 2012.

Performance (Master of Music)   

The Master of Music in performance degree prepares students for professional music careers in a supportive, collegial environment.  Graduate students study with high celebrated performers, who are committed to teaching excellence.  The graduate performance program consists of applied lessons, ensembles, core studies in music theory/history and research, and related studies.  The Master of Music degree is a two year program.

Performance Curricula - 48 credit hours - for students entering in fall 2012 or after

Performance Curricula - 44 hours - only for students who started their masters program prior to fall 2012

Composition (Master of Music)   

The Master of Music in composition program offers students one-on-one instruction with DePaul’s distinguished faculty of active composers as well as many seminars with guest composers and performers from Chicago and across the country. Graduate composition majors have their compositions performed during DePaul Composers Forum, a quarterly student composition concert, and submit works to be read and possibly performed by Ensemble 20+, DePaul Wind Ensemble, University Singers or the DePaul Chamber Orchestra. DePaul also offers two assistantships to graduate composition students.

Composition Curriculum - 48 credit hours - for students entering in fall 2012 or after

Composition curriculum -  44 hours - only for students who started their masters program prior to fall 2012

Jazz Studies (Master of Music)   

The graduate jazz studies program provides students a comprehensive education in jazz, allowing students to specialize in either performance or composition.  Drawing upon the resources of the Chicago jazz scene, faculty members are highly celebrated performers, teachers, composers, and arrangers.  In addition to applied jazz lessons, jazz ensembles, and jazz combos, Master of Music students enroll in courses such as jazz theory, history, pedagogy, improvisation, composing, and/or arranging.  Throughout the program, jazz students have multiple opportunities to record performances and compositions in professional recording studios.  The Mastser of Music degree is a two-year program.

Jazz Studies Curricula - 48 credit hours - for students entering in fall 2012 or after

Jazz Studies curriculA - 44 hours - only for students who started their masters program prior to fall 2012

Music Education (Master of Music)   

The graduate music education program offers certified/licensed music teachers the opportunity to earn a master's degree in a little over two years with courses in the evenings and summers. Educational theory and practice merge throughout course work, and students have the flexibility to select elective areas of study. The program culminates with a final paper or project, allowing students to research an area of special interest.

Candidates are required to hold an undergraduate music education degree and teacher licensure, as well as at least one year of teaching experience. Requirements for application are here. 

Music Education Curricula - 48 credit hours - for students entering in fall 2012 or after

Music Education curricula -  44 hours - only for students who started their masters program prior to fall 2012