For Prospective Students

What I truly loved about MSU was the amount of support and mentoring I received from the faculty. The professors were always willing to meet with me and give me valuable advice regarding my teaching and research. Most importantly, they provided me with tools to continue to produce high caliber research on my own and develop my own teaching style within the classroom!

Hanisha Kulothparan '21, now a Ph.D. student at the Eastman School of Music

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Graduate Studies in Music Theory

Our graduate students in music theory grow as scholars, teachers, and professionals as part of a thriving and supportive cohort and through constant one-on-one mentoring with faculty members who are deeply committed to their success. Students experience professional success while they're still at MSU and go on to do great things once they leave.

We offer two graduate programs: a 30-credit Master of Music degree in Music Theory, which offers outstanding preparation for doctoral study in music theory as well as a substantial secondary credential for performers, conductors, and composers; and a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Music Theory, intended for current doctoral students in music performance, conducting, or composition who wish to secure a less intensive secondary credential in music theory. Both programs feature a variety of intensive courses and opportunities to interact with guest scholars.

We offer competitive funding packages to students pursuing the Master's degree in Music Theory.


Please learn more by exploring the links at the right side, including information about applying to our graduate programs and a list of frequently asked questions. Want to talk further and learn even more about MSU Music Theory? Contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

MSU Music Theory changed my life. Here, I came to better understand my strengths and weaknesses. The professors treated me as an equal and challenged me to become the best version of myself. I am proud to be a Spartan Music Theorist!

Molly Murdock '16 (MM Music Theory), now a Ph.D. student in music theory at the Eastman School of Music