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Master of Arts in Music History

Two Year Degree (10-21)

The following guide serves as a typical program of study (assuming no remedial work is necessary) upon which the Supervisory Committee develops each graduate student's particular program of study. It is the  responsibility of the Supervisory Committee to assure an appropriate program of study for each student. It is within the Committee's purview to require additional courses that are not listed below, to substitute particular courses for others listed below, and to tailor the program to the needs of the student in anyway that it deems educationally mandated. The student needs to be certain that he/she is working directly with the Committee, and choosing courses that reflect the Committee's suggestions and requirements, at all times. For entrance requirements, please see our website: A minimum of 45 credits is required for the degree (at least 30 of these credits must be taken at the University of Washington). The distribution of credits is given below.

Major Area: 30  
Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUHST 500 (3 credits) 3
Music History coursework: at least 9 credits of approved 400- or 500-level courses 9
Music History seminars: at least 9 credits of approved 500-level seminars 9
Master’s Thesis, 9 credits of MUSIC 700 are required 9
Other Studies: 18  
Complete other coursework appropriate to the degree:  
  • Music Theory: at least 9 credits of approved 400- or 500-level theory courses
  • Music Electives: at least 9 credits of approved 400- or 500-level Music courses

Total Credits: 48

  • Pass graduate foreign language reading competency examination in German, French, or Italian
  • Master’s Examination:
    • Thesis Option: Students must write a thesis approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. The thesis must be formatted according to the Graduate School Style & Policy Manual. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700 to complete this option.
    • Non-Thesis Option: All credits outlined above, except 9 credits of approved 500-level seminars, in lieu of 9 credits of Master’s Thesis.

Maintain a general cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and 3.5 in music history. Only grades of 2.7 and above may be counted toward fulfilling graduate requirements. Complete all requirements for the master's degree within six years of entering the program. All graduate students must be familiar with the content of The University of Washington General Catalog Graduate Degree Policies. A student must satisfy the requirements for the degree that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded.

Rev. 1/1/03