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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Music History and Literature - MM

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Master of Music in Music History and Literature

Music History and Literature – MM5183

School of Music
497 Glidden Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

While emphasis in the program is on Historical Musicology, studies in contemporary music (20th and 21st centuries) include units in Ethnomusicology and world music. Contextual readings give cultural and aesthetic perspective, and emphasis on research and writing in music encourages creativity and publication on subjects of special interest to the student. The ultimate collective objective is to develop within the student a broad contextual knowledge within which oral and written discourse on specific issues at a high academic level is possible.

Expected time to degree is two years.

Program Learning Outcomes

In successfully pursuing Ohio University Master of Music degree, students will

  1. Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.
  2. Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.
  3. Produce a final project or equivalent reviewed by more than one faculty member.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/graduate/history

Link to Program Handbook: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/student-resources-materials

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in music with at least a 3.0 cumulative average. The GRE may be considered in evaluating the applicant’s academic record. Additionally, the applicant music submit a research paper of approximately 2000 words, in which musical style, composition, philosophical or aesthetic issues in Music History are discussed or described. A personal interview with a member of the Music History faculty is required.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.  

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as follows:

Music History Core

Complete the following core requirements for a minimum of 18 hours:


Complete the following two courses (min. 6 hours):

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in German or French. This requirements may be satisfied by taking the first two semesters of French or German for Graduate Reading Requirements. Normally, a maximum of 2 hours of language reading instruction may count toward the 30-hour degree minimum.


A minimum of 2 hours of electives should be selected with the approval of the program director.

Thesis Hours

Students must complete a minimum of 2 thesis hours.

Culminating Experience

All Music History students must both successfully complete a comprehensive oral examination and successfully defend a thesis on a topic approved by the graduate chair and advisory committee.

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