MA, Music

Study Format On-Campus Cohorts
Program Length 33 credits


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The Department of Music at Concordia University Chicago recognizes music as a gift of God and means through which all people can participate more fully in the world around them. The department provides all Concordia students a variety of opportunities to study and perform music, enabling their lifelong growth and involvement in the arts, while enriching the larger community. At the graduate level the goal of the department of music is to provide a broad-based musical education with an emphasis on church music and/or general music studies.

Program Objectives

The master of arts in music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. Students in the master of arts program at Concordia can improve musical skills, enhance their musical education, and earn an advanced degree that may lead to career advancement or further musical study. While the program has some flexibility to allow students to focus on specific areas of interest, it is not a performance degree or a degree in a specific area of music.

Learning Objectives/Competencies

This program will provide opportunities for the student to:

  • Deepen experience with and understanding of music.
  • Engage in exploration of a broad range of church music topics.
  • Extend capacities in musical creativity and performance.
  • Broaden understanding of the relationship of music to other disciplines.

Entrance Requirements

  • Complete at least 30 hours of music courses at the undergraduate level including nine hours in music theory and six hours in music history.
  • Pass entrance exams in theory, history, and aural skills.
  • Demonstrate basic piano skills.
  • Perform an audition in a primary instrument or voice, or present a research paper or composition equivalent to work done at the undergraduate level.
  • Students with undergraduate deficiencies may, depending upon their background, satisfy the entrance requirements by taking undergraduate level work or review courses, or by self-study and examination. A grade of “B” or better in a review course may be used to satisfy the undergraduate deficiencies. The deficiencies (including piano skills) may be satisfied during the course of studies.

(Deficiencies in theory, history or aural skills should be removed by re-examination before the close of the second semester/term of graduate study. Courses taken to satisfy deficiencies may not be counted toward the graduate degree).

Program Requirements

Successful completion of 33 semester hours of coursework including the master’s capstone experience.

The master's program may be completed in four consecutive terms (summer, fall, spring, summer) or five consecutive summer terms.


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