Accelerated BM/BMA to MM in Music Theory Program Policies

A student who wishes to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree in Music (BM or BMA) and a Master’s degree in Music Theory may do so in our Accelerated BM/BMA to MM program if the student meets all application requirements. This accelerated plan provides the opportunity for a student to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format, normally in five years. An undergraduate student who meets all the application requirements and is selected for enrollment into the Accelerated BM/BMA to MM program earns Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate until they are officially graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and earn Graduate Student Status. Once having earned Pre-Master’s status, an undergraduate student is able to enroll in the graduate courses and follow the program plan outlines in the attached Accelerated BM/BMA to MM Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated BM/BMA to MM program plan in Music Theory must complete the following application requirements:

1.     By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have either:

–       75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.5

–       90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2;

2.     A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;

3.     Official transcripts from all universities attended (BGSU paper transcripts are not needed. Records can be viewed online.);

4.     A 250-500 word personal statement about your career goals and interest in music theory;

5.     A writing sample, preferably a paper written in a university class.

6.     An interview with the music theory faculty.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

1.     After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.

2.     Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3).  

3.     At the end of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).

4.     Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).

5.     All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.  

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

Accelerated BM/BMA to MM Music Theory Program Plan

Students enrolled in the accelerated BM/BMA to MM program in Music Theory should follow the course schedule below for planning graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MM program. In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format [4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate], it is strongly recommended that students choose the Plan II (non-thesis) option. Students who choose the thesis option (Plan I) should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year.

Pre-Master’s Status (limited to 12 credits maximum)

Because each required graduate-level music theory course is offered only once every two years, students seeking to complete the master’s degree program in just one extra (5th) year must take all required music theory courses offered during their senior year. These will account for 9–10 of the 12 credits that may be taken at the Pre-Master’s level. For the remaining 2–3 credits at the Pre-Master’s level, students may take any of the courses that are required for the MM Music Theory program, with the exception of portfolio (MUCT 6980) or thesis (MUCT 6990) credits.

EITHER

               Required Courses that must be taken in Fall Semester of Even Years

               MUCT 6190 (3 credits) Seminar in Music Theory

Required Courses that must be taken in Spring Semester of Odd Years

               MUCT 6140 Advanced Structural Analysis (3 credits)

               MUCT 6170 Post-Tonal Analysis (3 credits)

OR

Required Courses that must be taken in Fall Semester of Odd Years

               MUCT 5110 Counterpoint I (2 credits)

               MUCT 6130 Theory Pedagogy (3 credits)

Required Courses that must be taken in Spring Semester of Even Years

               MUCT 5120 Counterpoint II (2 credits)

               MUCT 6180 Schenkerian Analysis (3 credits)

PLUS 2–3 credits from

               Other Courses, to be taken in either Pre-Master’s or Graduate Student Status

               Electives:

Academic Courses [not music theory]

Applied Music and/or Ensembles

MUCT 6020 Research Techniques (2 credits)

Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status

Courses to be taken once graduated with a bachelor’s degree and fully enrolled as a graduate student in Music Theory:

               Any required theory courses listed above not taken while in Pre-Master’s Status (9–10 credits)

               Any remaining elective courses, for a total of 8 credits in electives, divided as:

                              Academic Courses [not music theory] (3-6 credits total)

                              Applied Music (2–5 credits total)

               MUCT 6020 Research Techniques (2 credits)—if not yet taken

               MUCT 6900 Directed Research (2 credits)

Capstone Experience

               Choose ONE:

                              Plan I: MUCT 6990 Thesis Research (3 credits)

                              Plan II: MUCT 6980 Portfolio (3 credits)

Required Examinations

All Master’s students in the College of Musical Arts must pass examinations demonstrating undergraduate-level proficiency in music theory and music history. Remedial course work may be required but does not count toward the degree.

All Music Theory MM students must pass an oral examination demonstrating knowledge of major writings and resources related to music theory prior to approval of the thesis topic (Plan I) or the portfolio defense (Plan II). Plan II students must also successfully complete a formal scholarship presentation based on one analytical paper (meant to be included in the portfolio) prior to the defense.

All Music Theory MM students must pass an aural skills exam. Remedial aural skills work may be required but does not count toward the degree.

Completion of this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate plus 1 year graduate) assumes that the student passes all of these exams and does not require remedial work.