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Last Updated 2013-05-15

Music MA

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The UCF Department of music offers a Masters of Arts in Music. The Master of Arts in Music degree at UCF is a general master's degree, intended to provide additional study and training in music to individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in music or the equivalent. The general nature of this degree allows students to pursue a variety of interests within music, such as performance, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and composition. The philosophy of this program is to provide graduate students with the advanced education, skills, and credentials to enhance their professional abilities and opportunities.

Total Credit Hours Required

The Music MA program requires a minimum of 30-34 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must take 11 credit hours of required core music courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Students must also take a Recital or Research Report course (2 credit hours) or the Thesis option (6 credit hours). Students planning on pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to select the Thesis option.


The Music MA program requires a minimum of 30-34 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must take 11 credit hours of required music courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Both thesis and nonthesis options are available and students planning on pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to select the thesis option. Nonthesis students must take a Recital or Graduate Project course (2 credit hours) in addition to the 28 credit hours of coursework described above, and thesis students must complete a thesis project (6 credit hours).

Required Courses—11 Credit Hours 

Note: The designation MUN 5XXX means that any 5000-level ensemble course will fulfill this requirement; similarly, MVX 5XXX means that any 5000-level applied music course in performance will fulfill this requirement.

  • MUH 6916 Bibliography and Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 6935 Music History Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 6621 Techniques and Concepts of Musical Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • MUN 5XXX Ensemble Performance (two semesters, audition, 2 credit hours) or MVX 5XXX Performance (one semester; audition, 2 credit hours).

Elective Courses—17 Credit Hours

Restricted Electives in Music—9 Credit Hours

Course selections in this area will be in a cognate or area of emphasis with approval by program adviser (Performance, Conducting, Composition, Music History, Music Theory, Music Education, Jazz Studies, etc.). Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level.

  • MUH 6935 Music History Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUE 5348C K-12 Music Methods (4 credit hours)
  • MUE 6175 Teaching Music Performance (3 credit hours)
  • MUE 6349 Advanced General Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUG 6106 Advanced Conducting I (3 credit hours)
  • MUG 6306 Conducting VI (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MVX 5XXX Performance V (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MVX 6XXX Performance VI (audition required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUC 5112 Composition V (portfolio required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUC 6251 Composition VI (portfolio required) (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 5677 Wellness for the Performing Musician (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 5936 Music Theory Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5326 Medieval/Renaissance Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5345 Music of the Baroque (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5356 Eighteenth-Century Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5365 Nineteenth-Century Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5375 Music Since 1900 (3 credit hours)
  • MUH 5816 Jazz Styles and Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 5365 Music and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • MUT 5381 Arranging and Composing Music (3 credit hours)
  • MUM 5806 Performing Arts Management (3 credit hours)
  • MUN 5478L Early Music Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5368L Graduate Madrigal Singers (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5385L Graduate University Chorus (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5325 Graduate Women’s Chorus (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5465L Graduate Chamber Music (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.
  • MUN 5145 Wind Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5215 Symphony Orchestra (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5125 Concert Band (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5445 Percussion Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5715L Jazz Ensemble (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times.
  • MUN 5716L Jazz Chamber Group (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of four times
  • MUO 5505L Graduate Opera Workshop (1 credit hour). May be used in the degree program a maximum of five times.

Restricted Elective Studies in Supportive Areas—8 Credit Hours

  • 5000- or 6000-level music courses or non-music courses with approval of adviser; may include any new or repeatable courses from the sections above. Students may not take non-repeatable graduate courses that are similar to courses taken at the undergraduate level.
  • MVO 5250 Advanced Secondary Instruction (1 credit hour)
  • MUS 6908 Independent Study (1–3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students planning to pursue a doctoral degree (in areas such as music theory, music education, or music history) are strongly encouraged to select the thesis option.

  • MUS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—2 Credit Hours

The culminating experience may be a recital in performance, composition, or conducting (Graduate Recital); or a written project of smaller scope than a thesis; e.g., a portfolio or research paper (Graduate Project).

  • MUS 6976L Graduate Recital (2 credit hours) or MUS 6975L Graduate Project (2 credit hours).

Additional Program Requirements

  • Performance V and VI, Conducting VI, and ensembles all require an audition.
  • Composition V and VI requires submission of a portfolio.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of MUN courses may be counted toward the degree.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours applied to the degree must be at the 6000 level.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Master of Arts in Music Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Thesis Requirements

The thesis is the culminating or comprehensive experience for those who conduct an original research study as part of a thesis-option program. An oral defense of the thesis is required. The approved thesis must be written and prepared in accordance with program, college, and university requirements. Students who wish to complete their degree requirements in a given semester must take their oral defense and submit their final electronic copy to the UCF College of Graduate Studies by the dates shown in the Academic Calendar.

University Thesis Requirements

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for thesis formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.

The following requirements must be met by thesis students in their final term:

  • Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
  • Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
  • Defend by the defense deadline
  • Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
  • Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
  • Submit final thesis document by final submission deadline

Students must format their thesis according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Thesis Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.

The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the thesis process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at

Thesis Advisory Committee Membership

A student writing a thesis must have a Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of at least three members who are approved members of the Graduate Faculty or Graduate Faculty Scholars ( To learn more about committee membership eligibility and responsibilities, please contact your program advisor or visit the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Hour Enrollment

To be considered full-time after completion of coursework, students must be continuously enrolled in three hours of thesis research every semester (including summers) until successful defense and graduation. This enrollment each semester reflects the expenditure of university resources. Students that wish to enroll in part-time hours must consult with their advisor. For more details about enrollment, please refer to the UCF Graduate Catalog: > Policies > Master’s Program Policies > Thesis Requirements > Thesis Enrollment Requirement and the UCF Graduate Catalog: > General Policies > Full-time Enrollment Requirements.

Intent to Graduate

 Students must file an online Intent to Graduate form in myUCF for the term they are planning on graduating. This form should be completed and returned to the student's department or college by the last day of classes in the term preceding their semester of graduation. Students who fail to file their Intent form may have their graduation delayed. If the student does not graduate, for whatever reason, he/she must file another Intent form.

Defense Announcement

Students must prepare a defense announcement and electronically submit it to the graduate staff in their department at least one week before the defense date. Please consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual for proper preparation of the defense announcement.

Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: >Policies>General Graduate Policies.

Financial Support

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Funding for Graduate School, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource. Key points about financial support:

  • If you are interested in financial assistance, you are strongly encouraged to apply for admission early. A complete application for admission, including all supporting documents, must be received by the priority date listed for your program under "Admissions."

  • You must be admitted to a graduate program before the university can consider awarding financial assistance to you.

  • If you want to be considered for loans and other needs-based financial assistance, review the UCF Student Financial Assistance website at and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid) form, which is available online at Apply early and allow up to six weeks for the FAFSA form to be processed.

  • UCF Graduate Studies awards university graduate fellowships, with most decisions based on nominations from the colleges and programs. To be eligible for a fellowship, students must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time. Because these awards are made early in the year, only completed applications on file by January 15 can receive full consideration for nominated awards. University graduate fellowships are awarded based on academic merit and therefore are not affected by FAFSA determination of need.

  • Please note that select fellowships do require students to fill out a fellowship application (either a university fellowship application, an external fellowship application, or a college or school fellowship application). For university fellowship applications, see UCF Graduate Fellowships.

  • For information on assistantships (including teaching, research, and general graduate assistantships) or tuition support, contact the graduate program director of your major.

Graduate Student Associations

Student organizations are an integral part of the student experience. Although these organizations are primarily for undergraduate students, graduate students are welcome to join.

  • Pi Kappa Lambda - A music honor society
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - A professional music fraternity for men which promotes music in America.
  • Sigma Alpha Iota - A music fraternity for women
  • Tau Beta Sigma - A co-ed honorary service sorority for bands in America
  • Kappa Kappa Psi - A co-ed service fraternity for bands in America
  • National Band Association - UCF Collegiate Chapter, for instrumental students interested in music education
  • University Vocal Society - An organization of individuals interested in singing and vocal music, who are members of one of the university choral ensembles
  • Gospel and Cultural Choir at UCF - A student organization dedicated to the gospel genre
  • NAfME - A student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC)
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) - Student Chapter
  • additional clubs for individual instruments are available

For additional information, please visit

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF’s graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students’ personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit

Professional Development

Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

For more information: > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit  

Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. The university award will be forwarded to a national-level competition sponsored by the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) when the thesis discipline corresponds to the annual submission request.

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website


Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel Fellowship section at

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources:

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic advisor.


  • Arts and Humanities Graduate Forms
    A list of forms and files for the College of Arts and Humanities.
  • College of Graduate Studies Forms and Files
    A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Petition Form
    When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
  • Music Program Forms
    List of forms for the Music MA program.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.


Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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