Music Theory (MA)

The University of Oregon offers a Master of Arts degree in Musicology and Music Theory.

In addition to the University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies' requirements for master’s degrees, the School of Music and Dance has the following requirements. For additional information, contact the music graduate office or consult the Info for Grad Students webpage.

A minimum of 9 credits must be taken in 600- or 700-level courses and at least one-half of the required credits must be in courses intended for graduate students only. Degree candidates must complete a terminal project (e.g., recital, thesis, project), all of which must be archived in one of the following locations: Music Services in Knight Library, Scholars’ Bank, ProQuest, or Cykler Music Education Library.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

Master of Arts in Music Theory

MUS 615Current Trends in Music Theory3
MUS 516Post-Tonal Theory I3
MUS 634Advanced Post-Tonal Theory3
Choose two of the following:6
Tonal Analysis: Linear Prolongational Analysis
Tonal Analysis: Form in Tonal Music
Tonal Analysis: Analysis of Popular Music
Choose one of the following:4
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic]3
MUS 672Seminar: Music Theory: [Topic] (Seminar Music Theory)4
Additional theory elective3
Additional nontheory courses8
Select two of the following:6
Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance
Music in the Baroque Era
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Era
Music in the 20th Century
MUS 503Thesis9
Total Credits52

Language Requirement

Reading proficiency in a second language (usually German), demonstrated by two years of successful undergraduate study or by German for Reading Knowledge.   Language courses taken to satisfy this requirement may not be used to fulfill the 52 total graduate credits.

Additional Requirements

A final oral examination reviewing the thesis and degree coursework.