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MUSIC Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.A., with available tracks in ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D., with available tracks in ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

Ph.D.–ethnomusicology track: 72 credits

Ph.D–historical musicology track: 69 credits

Ph.D.–music theory track; 63 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of the coursework (15 out of the minimum of 30 total credits) in each program must be completed in courses that are clearly designated as graduate level which include the following music courses:

500 Seminar in Global Popular Music
508 Latin-American Music
509 Seminar in Afro-American Music History and Criticism
511 Historical Performance Practices
513 Survey of Opera
515 Proseminar in Ethnomusicology
520 Theory Forum; 523 Orchestration I
524 Orchestration II
530 Jazz Improvisation
535 American Folk and Vernacular Music
539 The Folklore of Festivals and Celebrations
619 Music Research Methods and Materials
620 Proseminar in Musicology
621 Renaissance Polyphony
622 Baroque Counterpoint
623 Form and Analysis
624 Form and Analysis II
669 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above OR are clearly designated as graduate courses, which include the following music courses:

500 Seminar in Global Popular Music
508 Latin-American Music
509 Seminar in Afro-American Music History and Criticism
511 Historical Performance Practices
513 Survey of Opera
515 Proseminar in Ethnomusicology
520 Theory Forum
523 Orchestration I
524 Orchestration II
530 Jazz Improvisation
535 American Folk and Vernacular Music
539 The Folklore of Festivals and Celebrations
540 Advanced Pedagogy
541 Seminar in Choral Literature
542 Choral Literature and Performance Practices of Today
543 Advanced String Pedagogy
544 Advanced String Pedagogy
545 Practicum in Advanced String Pedagogy
546 String Literature
547 Piano Pedagogy I
548 Piano Pedagogy II
550 Percussion Literature
551 Class Piano Pedagogy
553 Advanced Conducting Seminar
554 Advanced Conducting
556 University Opera
557 Opera Workshop
558 Madrigal Singers
560 Practicum in Advanced Studio Teaching—Piano

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to up to 30 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions in the form of a master’s degree or the equivalent. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Each track of study has different course requirements. Students must consult with their advisor in their first semester to determine expected course of study.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Each track of study has different course requirements. Students must consult with their advisor in their first semester to determine expected course of study.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor consisting of at least 9 credits (most are 12 credits).

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all coursework.

Probation Policy

M.A. students who fail to make satisfactory progress in any of the four following areas: grades, course load, time constraints, or exams, will be notified in writing by the DGS. At the end of the second semester of failing to make satisfactory progress the student is placed on probation effective the next semester. This action suspends financial aid (but does not affect loans or work-study). For details see Satisfactory Progress for Master's Students.

Probation Policy

Ph.D students who fail to make satisfactory progress in any of the following four areas: grades, course load, time constraints, or exams, will be notified in writing by the DGS. At the end of the second semester of failing to make satisfactory progress the student is placed on probation effective the next semester. This action suspends financial aid (but does not affect loans or work-study). For details see Satisfactory Progress for Doctoral Students.

Advisor / Committee

M.A. students have one advisor and two committees. The advisor is their principle faculty mentor. The two committees are: (1) thesis committee and (2) exam committee.

For more details see the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

Advisor / Committee

Ph.D. students have one advisor and two committees. The advisor is their principle faculty mentor. The two committees are: (1) preliminary exam committee and (2) dissertation committee.

For more details see the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

Assessments and Examinations

All M.A. tracks require a formal master’s thesis.

Assessments and Examinations

All Ph.D. students are required to take preliminary written and oral exams after all coursework (except for research or dissertation credit) has been completed.

Time Constraints

The following time limits apply to the master's degrees in the School of Music. Exceptions to the following can be made only upon recommendation of the graduate committee and approval of the DGS (director of graduate studies):

1. All M.M. and M.A. students with university funding (TA, PA, fellowship, etc.) must complete all requirements for the master’s degree within four semesters (not counting summer sessions or M.A. thesis credits), or six semesters if the funding appointment is more than 33.33%.

2) Part-time and unfunded M.M. and M.A. students who have not completed the degree in seven years should submit a letter of intent and statement of progress to the DGS (director of graduate studies). The letter should include a statement of intent to complete the degree, factors that have impeded progress, what work they need to complete to finish the degree, as well as how and when they intend to complete the degree.

Time Constraints

DMA and Ph.D. students in the School of Music are allowed a maximum of four calendar years from the date of enrollment in the program to complete all coursework requirements and successfully pass preliminary examinations. A student not completing the course requirements (apart from the dissertation or project requirements) by the end of the fourth year will be placed on probation for the following 12 months. During this period, the student will not be eligible for financial aid. A student who fails to complete the coursework requirements and pass preliminary examinations during the 12-month probation period may be withdrawn from the program. The Doctoral Research Project Committee (DPRC) or Ph.D. dissertation committee may grant up to a one-semester extension to the above guidelines. Exceptions beyond that can be made only upon recommendation of the graduate committee and approval of the DGS (director of graduate studies).

Language Requirements

M.A.: historical musicology track: intermediate German reading

M.A.: ethnomusicology track: intermediate filed language or French or German

M.A.–theory track: no requirement

Language Requirements

Ph.D. –ethnomusicology track: Intermediate-level reading proficiency is required in two research-related languages, one of which must be French or German. The second language may be French or German, or may be a field language.

Ph.D.–historical musicology track: Intermediate-level reading proficiency is required in two languages, one of which must be German. The second language may be French, Italian, or any other language central to the proposed doctoral research.