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2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, M.M.

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(Major Code: 10041) (SIMS Code: 665303)

Admission to Master of Music

In addition to meeting the admission requirements listed above, students who seek a performance specialization must pass an audition. Students seeking a composition specialization must submit a comprehensive creative portfolio of original work. Those seeking a conducting specialization must upload video content of their conducting expertise (rehearsal and performance) and complete an on-campus interview/audition. The Master of Music is available with the following specializations: composition, conducting, performance and jazz studies. Please consult the School of Music and Dance website at http://musicdance.sdsu.edu for further information concerning admission.

Specific Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the student must complete a 30-unit graduate program, of which at least 18 must be in 600- and 700-numbered courses.

In order to be advanced to candidacy, students in vocal performance must satisfy either a music examination in a language other than English or satisfactorily complete one introductory college semester in French, German, and Italian.

A final oral comprehensive examination is required for all Master of Music candidates.

In addition to the requirements stated above, students must complete requirements in the specific program selected:

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy, as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , and must have removed any deficiencies identified in the qualifying (placement) examinations by the end of the first semester.


(SIMS Code: 665362)


(SIMS Code: 665372)

Jazz Studies

(SIMS Code: 665378)


(SIMS Code: 665386)



Four units.

For Further Details

Refer to Graduate Music Student Handbook for further details.

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