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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts degree in Music Theory is designed to enhance music theory abilities of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master's degree further develops abilities in music theory including analytical, aural, written, keyboard and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods and communicate results in written and oral formats.
  • Students demonstrate and apply functional aural, written, and keyboard skills.
  • Students are able to recognize, identify, and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  • Students are able to communicate knowledge of music theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.

Which department am I in?

College of the Arts

Study options

Full Time (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$19,088.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022


Kent State University

800 E. Summit Street,



44242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum 3.250 graduate GPA is recommended).

For international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. Applicants must obtain a minimum score of TOEFL Paper Based Test is 525 (71 on the Internet based version), the minimum score of MELAB is 74 or IELTS minimum score of 6.0 and the minimum score of PTE academic is 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.