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

Music Theory - MM

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Master of Music in Music Theory

Music Theory - MM5184

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

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

The graduate program in Music Theory is intended for those students whose interest in music theory leads them to desire to teach and perform research at the college or university level. The program is designed to prepare students for further work at the Ph.D. level in the field. This M.M. can be completed within one academic year, but it is recommended that students allow two full years.

Program Learning Outcomes

In successfully pursuing an 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.

Opportunities for Graduates

The master’s in Music Theory is required for most Ph.D programs in the field. The Ph.D. is now a minimum requirement for entry into college-level teaching.

Further Information

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

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

Admission Requirements

The candidate must schedule a personal interview with members of the music theory faculty, during which the candidate will be asked to 1) demonstrate functional keyboard facility sufficient to perform examples in chorale texture and brief examples from the literature at an intermediate skill level; and 2) demonstrate an ability to sight sing and identify chords, intervals, and take melodic and harmonic dictation. Additionally, an essay of approximately 1200 words, preferably including music analysis, 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 33 credit hours as follows:


A minimum of 7 hours of electives are required.

Music History Course

Complete one approved music history course.

Thesis Hours and Research

Complete a minimum of 4 hours of Special Topics devoted to thesis research and a minimum of 3 hours of MUS 6950.

Culminating Experience

Students must successfully complete an oral comprehensive examination designed to assess synthesis of knowledge developed during the course of study and must successfully complete and defend a thesis. Thesis work will be publicly presented.

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