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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements​

A minimum of 48 quarter hours of graduate credit is required for the Master of Music degree. This total is divided between the basic studies required of all master’s degree students, and courses in the specialization. ​

Music Core Requirements (16 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
MUS 408ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES4
or COM 405 ANALYTICAL STUDIES
MUS 400MUSIC RESEARCH4
Select two Music History courses from the following:8
JZZ 405
JAZZ HISTORY
MUS 420
HISTORY OF THE ORATORIO
MUS 435
18th & 19th WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE
MUS 436
20th CENTURY WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE
MUS 475
MEDIEVAL MUSIC
MUS 478
RENAISSANCE MUSIC
MUS 479
BAROQUE MUSIC
MUS 481
HISTORY OF OPERA
MUS 482
WORLD MUSIC CULTURES
MUS 484
CLASSICAL MUSIC
MUS 485
ROMANTIC MUSIC
MUS 486
MUSIC SINCE WORLD WAR II
MUS 487
20TH CENTURY MUSIC BEFORE WWII

Music Education Specialization (20 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
Music Education Seminars:
MED 401SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION I: PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC EDUCATION4
MED 402SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION II: PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC TEACHING & LEARNING4
MED 403SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION III: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN MUSIC EDUCATION4
MED 404HISTORY OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES2
MED 498MASTERS CANDIDATE RESEARCH2
MED 492TECHNIQUES OF RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION4

Music Electives (12 credits)

Students may take any 400 level courses within the School of Music, selected in consultation with their advisors.

Terminal Requirements 

Two terminal requirements are required of all students:

  • A written comprehensive examination, in which the students must demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of their major field of study. The comprehensive examination may be taken at any time after 32 quarter hours of graduate credit have been earned.
  • The completion of a final project.

Residency Requirements 

All courses for the master’s degree must be taken at DePaul University. Graduate credit for courses completed at other institutions may not be applied toward the degree.

The music education graduate program is designed to accommodate the schedule of working teachers, and students typically enroll part time for three summers and two intervening academic years. To earn full-time status, graduate students must be registered for a minimum of six quarter hours in any term. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six calendar years from the time a student is first enrolled. For students removing deficiencies, this period will begin when all deficiencies are removed and admission to the master’s degree program has been granted.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​

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