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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
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Music Theory, M.M.

Colleges  > College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  > Moores School of Music Master of Music Programs  > Music Theory, M.M.


To provide advanced training in music analysis, research, and writing for students pursuing a career in the college-level teaching of music theory.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

In addition or supplementary to the admission requirements stated on the Moores School of Music Master of Music Programs  page, applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Music degree.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.00 for last 60 semester hours and 3.00 for all music hours. Minimum 3.25 GPA in all music theory courses in undergraduate degree program.
  3. Submission of Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.
  4. Submission of TOEFL scores (as applicable) that meet University of Houston minimum standards.
  5. Submission of theoretical/analytical writing samples and other supporting materials, as requested by the theory faculty, providing evidence of appropriate ability in research and writing.
  6. Satisfactory results on entrance examinations in music theory and music history. (Unsatisfactory results will require remedial coursework beyond courses required for the degree.)

Degree Requirements:

  • Comprehensive Examination Requirement: Students must pass a comprehensive examination in the last semester of study.
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in French or German.
  • Thesis Requirement: Students must submit a master’s thesis exhibiting original research in an area of music theory.


Program Total: 33.0 Credit Hours