The School of Music offers the degree of master of arts with emphases in composition, music therapy, musicology (ethnomusicology), and theory. The MA is an academic degree with a strong emphasis on writing and research skills in an effort to foster a diverse balance of knowledge and interests in music.
Upon entrance, students must take the diagnostic examinations in tonal and 20th-century theory, ear-training, and music history. Any identified deficiencies must be remedied during the first year of study. Additionally, musicology students must also take a more discipline-specific examination, administered by the musicology/ethnomusicology division.