The School of Music offers the Master of Music (MM), the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in music. Specializations at the master’s level are: brass performance, choral conducting, collaborative keyboard, composition, jazz studies, music education, music theory, musicology, orchestral conducting, organ performance, percussion performance, piano pedagogy, piano performance, string performance, vocal performance, wind conducting, and woodwind performance.
The Master of Music degree at LSU requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit duplicates required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course subject. The master’s degree must be completed within five years. The majority of the required course work will be selected from courses at the 7000 level with minimal number of credit hours selected from 4000 level courses that carry graduate credit.
A thesis is required for the Master of Music degree in Composition and is selected by registering for six credit hours of the thesis course number 8000. The thesis or non-thesis options for the Master of Music degrees in Music Education, Music Theory and Musicology are available for selection with the permission of the student’s major professor. If the thesis option is selected, the student will register for six credit hours of MUS 8000. For the non-thesis option, six credit hours of additional coursework is required.
Additional information regarding specifics of each master’s degree offered may be found in the School of Music Graduate Handbook by accessing the school’s website.