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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



        This degree requires the following profiencies. View the PDFs linked below for more details.


        Application Deadline

        To receive full consideration for admission and graduate assistantships, the application deadline is January 1. The School of Music cannot guarantee an audition, interview, admission, or graduate assistantship if application is received after the deadline.



        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.


        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.


        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
          • What aspects of the program attract you to OU? Additionally, please answer one of the following prompts:
            • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
            • How would you describe your professional path to this point and your aspirations going forward?
            • What skills, expertise and experience do you bring to the degree, and how will you use your degree, post-graduation?
            • What is important to you musically, artistically, pedagogically, and intellectually?
        • Three letters of reference
          • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
          • Your three reference letters should include:
            • At least one letter from: your studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc., or a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer or composer.
            • At least one letter from: a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.


        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
        • Preferably not more than 3 years old.
        • Should be recently revised.
        • Should be a minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
        • Should represent your best writing and researching skills.
        • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
        • Should feature a consistent method for citations and should contain a bibliography.
        • Please contact the Graduate Music Office ( or the area chair for your program with any questions about meeting these requirements.