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Financial Assistance






Geary, Jason,

Associate Director

Maclary, Edward, Full Member

Warfield, Patrick, Full Member


Dedova, Larissa, Full Member

DeLio, Thomas J., Full Member

Gekker, Paul C., Full Member

Gibson, Robert L., Full Member

Haggh-Huglo, Barbara H., Full Member

Hill, Mark D., Full Member

Mabbs, Linda, Full Member

Maclary, Edward, Full Member

Salness, David, Full Member

Sloan, Rita, Full Member

Stern, James, Full Member

Vadala, Christopher J., Full Member

Votta, Michael, Full Member

Witzleben, J. Lawrence, Full Member

Ziegler, Delores, Full Member

Associate Professor

DiLutis, Robert, Full Member

Elpus, Kenneth, Full Member

Frisof, Sarah,

Fry, James H., Full Member

Gowen, Bradford P., Full Member

Haldey, Olga, Full Member

Hanninen, Dora A., Full Member

Hewitt, Michael P., Full Member

King, Richard G., Full Member

Miller, Gregory, Full Member

Murdock, Katherine, Full Member

Tsong, Mayron, Full Member

Warfield, Patrick, Full Member

Wilson, Gran, Full Member

Wilson, Mark E., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Kier, Craig, Full Member

Lie, Siv,

Prichard, Stephanie, Full Member

Rios, Fernando, Full Member

Visiting Associate Professor

Short, Kevin,


Ames, F. Anthony, Adjunct Member

Baldwin, Tom, Adjunct Member

Balthrop, Carmen A., Full Member

Barber, Richard, Adjunct Member

Fedderly, David, Adjunct Member

Foster, Daniel, Adjunct Member

Froom, David, Adjunct Member

Fuller, Sarah, Adjunct Member

Gilliam, Jauvon, Adjunct Member

Goldman, Aaron, Adjunct Member

Guilford, Matthew, Adjunct Member

Heckscher, Erich, Adjunct Member

Hinkle, Lee, Adjunct Member

Kellner, Paul Steve, Adjunct Member

Kunkel, Gerard, Adjunct Member

Layton, Richard D., Adjunct Member

Lee, Justina, Adjunct Member

Manzo, Anthony, Adjunct Member

McReynolds, R. Timothy, Adjunct Member

Munds, Phil, Adjunct Member

Oppelt, Robert J., Adjunct Member

Osterloh, Elijah, Adjunct Member

Ozment, Jon, Adjunct Member

Powell, Tim, Adjunct Member

Randall, Martha Lee, Adjunct Member

Redd, Charles, Adjunct Member

Shin, Eric, Adjunct Member

Slowik, Kenneth, Adjunct Member

Volchok, Mikhail, Adjunct Member

Zimmerman, Daniel J., Adjunct Member

University Affiliate

Evans, William C., Adjunct Member

Okamoto, Kyoko, Adjunct Member

Suadin, I Ketut, Adjunct Member

Wang, Sebastian, Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Elsing, Evelyn L., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Cohen, H. Robert, Full Member

Fischbach, Gerald F., Full Member

Major, Leon, Full Member

Moss, Lawrence K., Full Member

Pacholczyk, Jozef M., Full Member

Provine, Robert C., Full Member

Wexler, Richard, Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Loup, Francois, Full Member

Wakefield, John E., Full Member

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Music (MUSA)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The School of Music offers programs of study leading to the Master of Arts degree with areas of specialization in ethnomusicology, music history and literature (musicology), music education, and music theory; the Master of Music degree with areas in performance, composition, conducting, and music education; the Doctor of Philosophy degree with areas of specialization in ethnomusicology, musicology, music education, and music theory; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with areas of specialization in composition, performance, and conducting.


Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation will be required to be uploaded in the Supplementary Application (Acceptd), not the Graduate School’s application.  
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)


Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation: The statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation will be required to be uploaded in the Supplementary Application (Acceptd), not the Graduate School’s application.  
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Supplementary Application


Admission to the graduate degree programs in music is highly selective. It is determined primarily by a performance audition, tapes and scores of original compositions, scholarly research papers, letters of recommendation, and/or successful teaching experience; additionally, in some academic areas, the general GRE scores are considered. All non-native English-speaking students must achieve a score of 575/233/100 on the TOEFL to be invited for audition/admission (see the School of Music's admission website for detailed English language requirements).


We require a passing TOEFL score (minimum 100 IBT, 233 CBT, 575 PBT) for all applicants whose primary language is not English before we will process your application or consider you for a live audition. The requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another approved English-speaking country. Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education or at least two years of the graduate education in a non-performance related field took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees in performance-related fields or performance certificates or diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a passing TOEFL score.


For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Core Requirements
M.A. in Musicology (30 credits, thesis or non-thesis options)


MUSC 6xx Seminars (9 credits)

MUSC 646: Introduction to Musicology (3 credits)

MUSC 6xx: Ethnomusicology course (3 credits)

MUSC electives (9 credits)

Thesis option: MUSC 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option: MUSC6xx Seminar and an additional MUSC course (6 credits)

*All students are expected to have reading knowledge of one foreign language


M.A. in Music Theory (30 credits, thesis option only)


MUSC 651: The Theories of Heinrich Schenker (3 credits)

MUSC 661: Theory and Analysis of Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music (3 credits)

MUSC 646: Introduction to Musicology (3 credits)

Music History course (3 credits)

Additional MUSC courses (9 credits)

Supportive Elective (3 credits)

MUSC 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)


The Master of Arts Degree (Thesis Option in Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Music History and Literature [Musicology], or Music Theory; Non-Thesis Option in Ethnomusicology or Music History and Literature [Musicology]) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (35 for Ethnomusicology), with a minimum of 12 credit hours in Major Studies, 9 credit hours in Studies in Areas Supportive of the Major (14 for Ethnomusicology), and 9 credit hours in Other Studies in Music. In addition, a grade of B- or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the degree; a Thesis must be written (Ethnomusicology Non-Thesis Option requires two scholarly research papers), an oral defense of the Thesis (or research papers) must be passed; and a written comprehensive examination must be passed. Specific courses are required in each area of specialization.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements
Ph.D. in Musicology (39 credits beyond the Master degree)


MUSC 646: Introduction to Musicology (3 credits) 

MUSC 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

Ethnomusicology course (3 credits)

Remainder of coursework selected with Advisor (21 credits)

Students must also pass a foreign language exam

Ph.D. in Music Theory (40 credits beyond the Master degree)


MUSC 651: The Theories of Heinrich Schenker (3 credits)

MUSC 661: Theory and Analysis of Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music (3 credits)

MUSC 675: Music Theory Pedagogy (3 credits)

MUSC 646: Introduction to Musicology (3 credits)

Music History course (3 credits)

Additional MUSC courses (9 credits)

Supportive Electives (4 credits)

MUSC 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)


The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires the satisfactory completion of a significant body of coursework that, in the student's and Graduate Advisor's judgement, prepares the student for the preliminary examination that leads to admission to candidacy, as well as certain specific courses required in each area of specialization. A grade of B- or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the degree. A dissertation (whether written, or in project form) is required for all doctoral degrees in music. A Principal Advisor for the dissertation will be chosen by the student and the academic advisor; the Principal Advisor and the student will then nominate the remaining members of the dissertation committee. The student must submit a detailed Prospectus of the dissertation to the members of the dissertation committee and the Graduate Director, and must be admitted to candidacy prior to the approval of the dissertation committee by the Graduate School. The dissertation must be successfully defended before the entire dissertation committee. The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a Written Dissertation.


Facilities and Special Resources

The University of Maryland is one of the nation’s leading public universities. The School of Music’s home, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, serves as a laboratory for the arts with six performance halls, The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, specialized rehearsal rooms, classrooms and more. The Clarice’s presenting arm, The Artist Partner Program (APP), provides School of Music students with the opportunity to collaborate and learn from internationally recognized artists and scholars. Recent APP artists-in-residence include the Spektral Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Brad Meldau and Tia Fuller.  


The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) in The Clarice ranks among the top twenty university music libraries in the United States, and it offers a variety of archives, special collections, and other research resources that give it international stature among scholars in a broad spectrum of music disciplines. The total music collection includes approximately 50,000 books, 150,000 scores, 140,000 recordings, and 4,500 linear feet of archival materials. The International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) is the only institutional collection in existence devoted to historic piano performance. IPAM contains 40,000 recordings, 8,500 music scores, 2,500 books, and a collection of reproducing pianos with 8,000 piano rolls. To date, IPAM has acquired the collections of more than 40 eminent pianists. The MSPAL Special Collections in Performing Arts embrace a growing number of national and international music organization archives representing music education, band history, solo and ensemble instrumental performance, music librarianship, and ethnomusicology. Materials in these archives include papers, music scores, recordings, books, magazines, photographs, and oral histories. MSPAL also features important archival and manuscript collections on music criticism and American music, the Charles Fowler Papers supporting the study of arts education, a significant Leopold Stokowski Collection, the Jacob Coopersmith Collection of Handeliana, the Radio Station WOR/Alfred Wallen stein Collection of 26,000 orchestral scores, and the performance parts of the Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra.


Within a few miles of the College Park campus are research opportunities offered by Dumbarton Oaks, the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other specialized libraries.


The School of Music’s lively concert season provides music majors with numerous performance opportunities. With approximately 300 public performances each year - showcasing student recitalists and more than 30 ensembles - our students keep a high profile. The surrounding DC-Baltimore region offers additional opportunities to concertize, teach and engage with the community. Our students can be seen performing at major venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore Hall and Phillips Collection, and in intimate community spaces such as Riversdale Mansion and the historical Greenbelt Theatre.

Financial Assistance

A number of competitive fellowships, graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, operatic assistantships, and orchestral assistantships are available. Preference for financial assistance will be given to those who have filed an application for admission to the University and the School of Music Supplemental Application by December 1 (for performance programs) and January 15 (for Music Education only) and have been officially admitted.

Contact Statement

School of Music: The Academic Handbook is available online and provides descriptive information, details of course requirements, examination procedures, and graduation requirements for the M. A., M. M., D. M. A., and Ph. D. degree programs. International students should read the information contained in the International Applicants section of the Graduate Admission Application. 



Ms. Emily Sheil, Enrollment Services Coordinator or
Dr. Jenny Lang, Assistant Director for Admissions

2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-8435

Fax: 301-314-9504


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