Master of Science in Music

Students emphasizing music composition generally enroll in elective courses in music composition, orchestration and arranging, music analysis, and digital audio recording techniques. Students are given individualized attention from professionally active graduate faculty, and have access to a wide variety of performing ensembles, a ProTools 192kHz recording system, surround sound mixing, Max/MSP and Apple Logic Studio Professional software. A graduate music composition recital typically serves as the capstone experience for this emphasis. View the Master of Science in Music admissions requirements.

Curriculum (M.S. in Music)

  • Required Music Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Supportive Music Course-Credits: (1)
  • Core Music Therapy Courses (33 credits)
  • Supporting Counselor Education Courses (12 credits)
  • Six (6) additional COED credits

View the Radford University graduate catalog.

Entrance Requirements in Music History and Music Theory

Students will be informed of specific deficiencies identified through the diagnostic exams and they will have the choice of two options:

Students may take prescribed courses to remedy the deficiencies. A grade of at least 'B' must be earned in the course(s) in order to remove the deficiency from the student's record. If a grade of at least 'B' is achieved, the student will have satisfied the entrance requirements in music history and music theory for Masters degree programs in music.

Students may choose to study on their own in areas of deficiency. Following individual study the student must retake the diagnostic examination(s) prior to completing 18 hours of study. Failure to retake the exam prior to the completion of 18 hours of study will require the student to utilize option 'a'. If upon retaking the exam(s) a satisfactory score is achieved, the student will have satisfied the entrance requirements in music history and music theory for Masters degree programs in music. The student will be permitted to retake the diagnostic exam(s) only one time, after which the option 'a' must be utilized.