2018-2019 Bulletin 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Music, Professional MA

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The Professional Master of Arts in Music (Professional MA Music), a terminal degree at the Master’s level, offers students the opportunity to combine core coursework in music with one of three areas of specialization. 

  • Music Communications
  • Arts Administration
  • Information Management

Students accepted into the program are expected to attend the program’s concerts, lectures, and symposia.  In addition, students are encouraged to take part in the performance groups of The Claremont Colleges.

Admission requirements are detailed in the Admission  section of the Bulletin.

Degree Requirements

Coursework.  The degree requires 36 units, of which 20 are core courses.

Language Requirement. Depending upon the program of study or research interest, reading proficiency in French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Latin is required. A second language is required of master’s level students majoring in voice and choral conducting. For voice majors, 2 units of diction are required. Successful completion of the language requirement is required prior to the scheduling of oral and written qualifying examinations.

Qualifying Examinations.  Exam schedules are posted throughout the academic year.  All students are required to take and pass written and oral qualifying exams.  In the event of a failure, a second opportunity to pass the exam may be provided at the next scheduled exam date with the approval of the advisor and the department.

Recitals and Projects. All recitals and projects must be approved by the program faculty. Unless program approval has been given, students must be enrolled in individual lessons during the semester in which a recital is presented.

Transfer Credit. The University’s policy on transfer credit  applies. A maximum of six units are accepted and should be requested during the student’s first semester in the program. 

University Policies. University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.


Music Communications

  • ENG 370 - Introduction to Literary Theory (4 units)
  • English elective (4 units)
  • Music elective (4 units)
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Internship

Arts Administration

  • MGT 345 - The Human Component of Organizations (4 units)
  • MGT 360 - Operations Management and Control (4 units)
  • Music elective (4 units)
  • Master’s Thesis Project
  • Internship

Information Management

  • MUS 310 - Computer Applications in Music for Teaching and Research (4 units)
  • IST 302 - Database Concepts (4 units)
  • IST 304 - Database Systems Planning (4 units)
  • Master’s Thesis Project
  • Internship

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