MUSP and MUCT Masters Portfolio

Music Master's Plan II Form


Comprehensive Exam (Portfolio Exams)

Comprehensive exams will be conducted online.  The student should compile an electronic portfolio and submit to Michelle Holmes and the committee chair (your applied teacher) by April 2, 2021.  When compiling the portfolio, for each course scan the syllabus and a selection of other important documents (papers, class presentations, exams, etc.) as well as copies of programs and jury sheets. Please organize the portfolio by course numbers with a separate section for programs and jury sheets.  If the pdf is too large to send by email, then post the portfolio online and send a link to Michelle Holmes and your committee chair. All comprehensive exams must be completed by April 23, 2021 for May 2021 graduation.

Committee chairs will submit the Music Master’s Plan II Form found on the CMA web site on the “Student Life” page ( This is not a DocuSign form and is not initiated by the student.  The form must be emailed  to Michelle Holmes, Graduate Secretary, by April 23, 2021 in order for the student to graduate in May 2021.

Music Performance Majors

MuSP master’s students who choose the recital/portfolio option are required to create a portfolio of their graduate work at BGSU. This portfolio consists of the syllabi, final projects, major examinations and other significant assignments and presentations from every course completed during studies for the Master of Music degree. For applied study and ensembles, the student must submit syllabi, jury sheets, any other written evaluations and programs where appropriate.

In addition to coursework, the MuSP graduate portfolio must also contain a copy of every program in which the candidate’s name appears. This includes programs from performances with BGSU large and small ensembles, solo recitals, chamber performances, etc. Students may also include programs from off-campus performances that are not affiliated with the University.

If the portfolio is incomplete in any way, the student will not be allowed to take the comprehensive examination.

The responsibility to verify that the portfolio is complete rests with the chair of the examination committee. Compiling and maintaining the portfolio is the responsibility of the student. Students must submit the portfolio to the Graduate Secretary by the stated due date in the semester in which the exam is to be taken. The portfolio is housed in the main office of the College of Musical Arts. Students may make additions to the portfolio after they have submitted it to the Graduate Secretary, which is to be completed at least two weeks prior to the scheduled exam date. Both the student and the committee shall review the portfolio to determine the scope and the general content of the exam.

Additional requirements for graduation are listed in the Final Project Handbook.

Music Theory Majors

MuCT master's students who choose the portfolio option will submit a portfolio of academic writing to his/her portfolio committee by the 9th week of the semester of intended graduation. The portfolio will contain the following items:

    1.      Major course projects from both of the following categories:

  • Two analytical/research papers, at least one of which must come from MuCT 5190, 6140, 6170, or 6180.
  • One skill-based project from MuCT 5110, 5120, or 6130

These will normally be the capstone project from the course. Students should submit clean copies (i.e. without instructor comments). The items should be revised (corrected, updated, expanded) from the original submission for the course. Students are encouraged to spend the summer between the second and third semesters of study editing at least one paper, and should consult with appropriate faculty members on the progress of the portfolio before it is submitted.

    2.      A one- to two-page narrative that explains the context for each assignment (which course it was for, what guidelines             were given for the assignment, etc.) and provides a brief abstract of each item, including (where appropriate) a                         rationale for the choice of approach, repertoire, etc.

If the portfolio is deemed unsatisfactory, the committee may ask that one or more items be revised and resubmitted, or that another project (possibly one from the current semester) be submitted.

Music theory majors may not register for portfolio credit until they have passed the departmental bibliography and research presentation examinations. Directed Research (MuCT 6900) must be completed before taking the examinations. Examinations will be scheduled through the Theory Coordinator.