School of Music 2003-2005 Graduate Academic Bulletin
|General Requirements for Master's Degrees|
Structure of Master's Curricula
Credit Hour Requirements
Time Limit for Degree Completion
The School of Music offers the Master of Music degree with majors in music performance, conducting (choral, instrumental, and wind), early music, jazz studies, organ and church music, composition, computer music composition and music theory; the Master of Music Education degree; the Master of Science degree with majors in ballet, music theater scenic techniques, and stage direction for opera. Through the University Graduate School, students may seek the Master of Arts degree with majors in musicology, music theory, or arts administration; or the Master of Arts for Teachers degree. Master of Music students may elect a second major from those available on the Master of Music degree. Combined degrees are available in the Master of Library Science with the Master of Arts in Music Theory or Musicology.
The minimum requirement for a master's degree is 30 credit hours, excluding required credit hours in prerequisite or review courses and major ensemble. Individual degrees may require more credit hours. Courses counted for credit toward the master's degree are numbered 500 or above. Upon approval of the director of graduate studies and the department that offers equivalent courses in the School of Music, master's students may transfer course work taken for graduate credit at other institutions. M.M., M.M.E., and M.S. students may transfer up to 6 credit hours; M.A. and M.A.T. students may transfer up to 8 credit hours. No course may be transferred unless the grade is B or higher. Applied lessons, chamber music, ensemble, and similar courses may not be transferred for degree credit nor may transfer courses satisfy entrance proficiencies in music history and literature and music theory.
The minimum requirement for a master's degree is two semesters or four summer sessions in residence. With permission of the director of graduate studies, a student may count toward the residence requirement up to 6 credit hours of graduate work completed at any regional campus of Indiana University.
Music History and Literature Requirement
Students admitted to a master's degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years after beginning graduate study. Students who do not complete their work within the prescribed time limits must be readmitted to the major field (through interview, submission of documents, or audition, as appropriate to the major) and meet current degree requirements and make any other curricular changes indicated by the departmental chairperson and the director of graduate studies. Petitions for exceptions must be sent to the director of graduate studies, who considers them on a case-by-case basis, giving preference to continued professional involvement in music. If granted, extensions last no more than one year. In addition, any course taken more than seven years earlier must be revalidated according to the procedures of the department offering the course. These time limits are suspended for students in active military service for the duration of that active service.
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