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Master of Music in Music Theory

Major code: M710

Dr. Soo Kyung Chung
    Dr. Vivian Luong
      Dr. Jeff Swinkin
      • Area Chair
      Dr. Matthew Schullman

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        Application Deadline

        Applications for admission in Fall must be received by February 1.

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        Assistantships

        There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.

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        Procedure for Applying

        Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) along with all materials described below. Members of the Music Theory faculty will review the materials. If additional materials or information are required, a member of the Music Theory faculty will contact the applicant directly.

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        Application materials required for all graduate degrees

        These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

        • Resume
        • Personal Statement
          • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
          • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
          • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
        • Three letters of recommendation
          • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
          • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
            • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
            • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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        Scholarly writing requirement

        This degree requires you to submit a sample of your scholarly writing.

        • Submitted to the online application under the Supporting Documents tab
        • This sample should not be more than 3 years old.
        • Minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
        • Should represent your best scholarly writing and researching skills in music.
        • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
        • Should feature a consistent method for citations.
        • Examples include but are not limited to a critical analysis, a research paper in musicology, music in culture, or music pedagogy, or an article suitable for publication in a recognized scholarly or professional music journal.