Degrees in Music Theory & Composition
Music Theory & Composition Undergraduate Degree Options
- Bachelor of Arts (Music Theory only) - 120 total credit hours. BA Degree Requirements
- Bachelor of Music - 120-125 total credit hours. BM Degree Requirements
Students new to KU in Fall 2013 (and all semesters thereafter) must follow the degree requirement check sheets posted here, which include the KU Core. Students who were admitted to their current degree at KU prior to Fall 2013, please continue to follow the requirements in place when you began. In some instances, students who began prior to Fall 2013 can elect to change to the new degree requirements that include the KU Core. Please contact Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office, Room 450 Murphy Hall, if you have any questions.
Music Theory & Composition Professional Sequence
Students wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Music in Composition, the Bachelor of Music in Theory, or the Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory degrees must apply for admission to the professional sequence, which includes an application form, recommendation from a member of the theory faculty (for a theory degree) or the composition faculty (for a composition degree), recommendation from an applied teacher, and a portfolio of original writings (for a theory degree) or compositions (for a composition degree). The entire theory and composition faculty will review the application materials.
Music Theory & Composition Graduate Degree Options
- Master of Music - MM Degree Requirements
- Doctor of Musical Arts - Music Composition - DMA Degree Requirements
- Doctor of Philosophy - Music Theory - PhD Degree Requirements
The MTHC Course Descriptions catalog below contains a complete listing of the courses offered by KU School of Music. Please visit the KU Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses currently offered by School of Music.
MTHC Course Descriptions