University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Dec 06, 2023  

Music, M.A.

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The graduate seminars in Music History and Ethnomusicology cover many topics and use a broad range of hermeneutical approaches from an anti-racist perspective, including:

  • Representations of race, gender, and sexuality
  • Music and postmodernism
  • Popular music and culture
  • Contextualizing classical music in society

The Music Department regularly invites guest lecturers to provide students with an opportunity to become acquainted with current topics in musicological and ethnomusicological studies and to meet renowned scholars in diverse areas of specialization.

Contact Information

Louis Niebur, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
(775) 784-6145

Department of Music
Church Fine Arts, Mail Stop 0226
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0049

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students pursuing the Master of Arts-Musicology and Master of Music-Music Education degrees are expected to write and conduct research at a professional level
  • All Master’s students are expected to gain an in-depth understanding of music theory and music history.
  • All Master of Music in Performance majors are expected to perform at a professional level

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Department of Music graduate program you must meet the program requirements, but you must also meet the requirements of the Graduate School. The University Admissions Web site has information specifically for the graduate admissions process.

Applicants steps:

Contact the appropriate graduate faculty member or the Department of Music Chair to determine eligibility for a graduate degree in music.

  • Apply to audition by obtaining the Audition/Application Procedures from your appropriate faculty member
  • Complete the online Graduate School application and pay the application fee. You can apply to Graduate School at UNR online. The process is straightforward: create an account, login and you’re on your way.
  • Have two official transcripts sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Graduate School: University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, Mail Stop 0326, Reno, NV 89557-0326
  • Have two letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Music: University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Music, Mail Stop 0226, Reno, NV 89557-0226
  • Complete your Immunizations and send those records to: University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, Mail Stop 326, Reno, NV 89557-0326

I. Program Requirements

The master of arts degree requires six credits of thesis and one credit of comprehensive examination as follows:

II. Total Units (32 units)

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