Department of Music

Curriculum Requirements

At least one half of the course credits earned must be in Music, with at least 21 credits at the graduate level (600). Two thirds of the credits must be earned at UAF.  This means that up to 1/3 of the courses might be tranferrable to UAF for inclusion in the degree.

Music Degree Requirements for the Masters of Arts in Music (M.A)

The Master of Arts in Music degree is a liberal arts degree that requires a minimum 30 credits of course study plus a final project, or 36 credits of course study with thesis.

The academic content of the graduate program is determined by the student and his or her graduate advisory committee. Each graduate student's program is individually tailored and designed to meet the student's professional interests and aspirations, consistent with program requirements. (The UAF academic diploma will read: Master of Arts in Music. It will not display any reference to the student's area of music specialization.)

The music department of UAF is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the national accrediting organization.

Graduate Program -- M.A. Degree in Music

Concentrations: Conducting, Performance, Theory/Composition

  1. Complete the following admission requirements:
    1. Take an evaluative preliminary examination in music theory and history (Diagnostic Exams).*
    2. Music education majors must complete an essay that includes 1) their philosophy of music education, and 2) a discussion of what they believe to be the most current issues in music education.
    3. Composition majors must submit examples of previous work.
    4. Performance majors must demonstrate acquaintance with solo literature of the various historical periods through audition or submission of performance tapes.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  4. MUS F625--Topics in Music History -- 3 credits
  5. MUS F601--Introduction to Graduate Study -- 3 credits
  6. Two semesters of any music performance ensemble--2 credits
  7. Six credits to be selected from MUS F421, MUS F422, MUS F423 or MUS F424.
  8. No more than 12 credits of MUS F697 allowed
  9. MUS F698: Research (6 credits).
  10. Twenty-one credits must be at F600-level. Optionally, no more than 9 credits of F400-level.
  11. Complete at least 16 credits in a primary area of specialization (includes research), with the balance in a secondary area.
  12. Students majoring in vocal performance or music history must demonstrate proficiency in languages appropriate to their area of concentration. Proficiency will be determined by the student's graduate committee in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages. Graduate students studying applied music and/or presenting recitals are governed by the same regulations concerning recital preparation, recital jury pre-hearings, and jury examinations as apply to undergraduate students. These regulations are described in the Music Handbook.
  13. Successfully complete Oral Comprehensive Examination.
  14. Successfully complete oral defense of Project Paper.
  15. Minimum credits required 30 (36 if thesis is included)

* Please see "Graduate Diagnostic Exam Information" link at

The procedure for applying for admission may be seen by clicking on this link.