Professional Master of Arts in Music (Professional M.A. in Music)

Three Professional Master of Arts degrees are offered that combine Musicology with subspecializations in

  • Music Communications
  • Arts Administration
  • Information Management

The Professional Master of Arts degrees are terminal at the master’s level. The Professional M.A. in Music degrees require 36 units. Twenty units are to be selected from core courses, and the remainder are to be taken within the concentration, as electives, or as interdisciplinary courses.  For detailed information about degree requirements, please refer to the Music Department Handbook and the CGU Bulletin.


Required Courses

Musicology (all subspecializations)

  • MUS 301a, b Music Literature and Historical Styles Analysis 8 units
  • MUS 302 Research Methodology and Bibliography 4 units
  • MUS 303 Interdisciplinary Music Criticism 4 units
  • MUS 311a Applications of Music Technology
  • MUS 401-406 Era Courses (choose two) 8 units

Subspecialization I: Music Communications

  • ENG 370 Introduction to Literary Theory 4 units
  • Electives: Eng 303, 311, 378 (choose one) 4 units
  • Music Elective 4 units
  • Master's Thesis
  • Internship

Subspecialization II: Arts Administration

  • MGT 345 The Human Component of Organizations 4 units
  • MGT 360 Operations Management and Control 4 units
  • Music Elective 4 units
  • Master's Thesis Project
  • Internship

Subspecialization III: Information Management

  • MUS 311 Computer Applications in Music
  • Composition and Research 4 units
  • IS 302 Data Base Concepts 4 units
  • IS 304 Data Base Systems Planning 4 units
  • Master's Thesis Project
  • Internship


Transfer Units

Master's degree students may request the transfer of a maximum of 6 units of appropriate course work, completed with a grade of B or better at other accredited graduate institutions.  Up to thirty units of credit for master's degrees in music received from Claremont Graduate University may be applied toward doctoral degrees. Transfer units to be applied toward a degree should be requested within two weeks of the beginning of the semester in which a student enters a graduate program.

Obtaining a Master's Degree Along the Way to a Doctorate

Music students entering doctoral programs without a master's degree already in hand may qualify to receive one while working towards the doctorate: see for details, including the procedure for requesting such a degree.  In addition to the requirements stated on that page, Music students who wish to receive a master's 'along the way' must have completed at least 48 units at CGU that are both applicable to the doctoral degree they are earning and that include the core course requirements for the master's degree they wish to receive.  Such Music students also must satisfactorily complete all recital (or, if appropriate, composition) and language-tool requirements for the specific master's degree they seek. 

Other Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to meet all the degree requirements outlined in the official CGU Bulletin and other pertinent documents governing specific degree programs. A student requesting an exception to a degree requirement must submit a petition to the registrar well in advance of the deadline for the requirement. All such petitions must have the endorsement of the student's graduate faculty.

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