Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).

Music Composition - M.A. PDFDownload to print

College of the Arts
School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172
Undergraduate Programs E-mail:
Graduate Programs E-mail:


The Master of Arts in Music Composition is for students who have experience as composers of solo, chamber and large ensemble works. A prior portfolio is required for admission.

Admission Requirements

Official transcripts(s); 3.00 GPA; portfolio of original compositions; goal statement(s); three letters of recommendation; and resume.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students compile a body of completed compositions.
  2. Students demonstrate and apply compositional techniques for creation of new works including musical style and structure.
  3. Students analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods and communicate results in written and oral formats.
  4. Students are able to recognize, identify, and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  5. Students are able to communicate knowledge of composition, theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.
Thesis/ Dissertation

The Master of Arts program requires a thesis.

All students writing a thesis must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and the student’s major area of study. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.


National Association of Schools of Music


Course Title Credits
MUS 58251 Pedagogy of Music Theory 2
  61211 Composition (course is repeatable) 8
  62411 Music Bibliography and Research Methods 2
Music Electives 0-2
Ensemble 2
Thesis 6
Music History (choose two from the following) 4-6
MUS 52131 America's Music (3)  
  52161 History of Jazz (3)  
  52171 Music from World Cultures (3)  
  62511 Music History I (2)  
  62521 Music History II (2)  
  62531 Music History III (2)  
  62541 Music History IV (2)  
Music Theory: choose from the following based on theory placement exam* 6-7
MUS 51141 16th Century Counterpoint (3)  
  51151 18th Century Counterpoint (3)  
  61131 Schenkerian Analysis (3)  
  61171 Analytical Techniques I (2)  
  61172 Analytical Techniques II (2)  
  61173 World Music Analysis (3)  
  61181 Post-Tonal Theory (3)  
  61191 Seminar in Seminar in Music Since 1900 (3)  

* Theory Placement Exam may place students into Theory Practicum. This undergraduate course does not count towards degree credit and must be taken in addition to the to the graduate Music Theory requirements. Analytical techniques I and/or II may be required.