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Undergraduate Degree Programs

The degree of Bachelor of Music is granted with majors in bassoon, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, harp, musicology, oboe, organ, organ and church music, percussion, piano, saxophone, theory, composition, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice.

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts is granted with concentrations in applied music, jazz studies, musicology, music theory, and music with an outside minor/concentration.

The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts is granted with a major in theatre and voice.

The degree of Bachelor of Music Education is granted with majors in music education or music therapy.

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Requirements for Graduation

Degrees from the School of Music are conferred on candidates who have satisfactorily completed 124 to 131 credit hours for the B.A., B.M., B.F.A., and B.M.E. degrees, including required subjects. 45 credit hours must be in junior/senior-level courses, numbered 300 and above. A minimum 2.0 grade-point average, both cumulative and in KU courses, is required for graduation. 4 hours of the total in each case except the B.M.E. degree may be in physical education activity courses.

Variations to program requirements, such as course substitutions, may be petitioned for possible approval.


9 hours of English composition and literature (ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and one course from ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211) are required of all students except B.M.E. students and those whose achievement in placement examinations warrants initial placement in more advanced English courses. Students must enroll continuously in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102, as appropriate, until completed. When the requirement is reduced, students must substitute these hours in liberal arts electives.

Remedial Courses

Remedial courses listed in the catalog and Schedule of Classes are numbered below 100. Such courses include, but are not limited to, MATH 002 and MTHC 099. Such courses do not count toward graduation in the School of Music and may not be counted as distribution courses or electives.

Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Music offers these degree programs:

Master of Music

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Musicology
  • Music theory
  • Performance

Master of Music Education

  • Music education
  • Music therapy

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Performance

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Music with an emphasis in musicology or music theory
  • Music education with an emphasis in music education or music therapy

The Kansas Board of Regents has designated KU as the sole institution in the Regents system authorized to grant doctoral degrees in music.

Contact the school for specific admission requirements. See also Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

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