Graduate Division

General Requirements for Master's Degrees

Credit Hour Requirements

The minimum requirement for a master’s degree is 30 credit hours, excluding required credit hours in prerequisite or review courses, tool subjects, 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 Jacobs School of Music, master’s students may transfer coursework taken for graduate credit at other institutions. MM, MME, and MS students may transfer up to 6 credit hours; MA 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. Each course to be transferred must be equivalent to a course offered at Indiana University and must have been completed no more than ten years prior to matriculation.

Academic Bulletins

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Previous Bulletins

Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.