Master of Music: Composition

The Master of Music program provides intensive experiences in performance, conducting, or composition as well as courses geared to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the literature of their area of concentration, and a greater understanding of music in general. The M.M. program at Rowan University is for the aspiring musician who wishes to make a career as a performer, conductor, or composer or will continue their studies at the Ph.D. or DMA level. Graduates of Rowan's Master of Music program have gone on to major doctoral programs, orchestral careers, arts leadership positions, and careers as college professors and public school teachers.

The Master of Music degree at Rowan University is designed to be 4 semesters long but can be completed in 2 or 3 semesters depending on number of hours taken/semester and the course rotation schedule.


  • Music Theory and Music History placement exams the first week of classes (not admission bearing)
  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 34–38 s.h
  • Culminating Experience (Recital): a recital jury is only required under special circumstances
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis Requirement: none

The Master of Music Performance offers the following focus areas: Guitar, Keyboard, Orchestral Instruments, and Vocal. The number of credits required to complete this program depends on the chosen focus area.


The following courses make up the Master of Music: Composition program.

  • Required Courses: 12 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses - Group A: 12-16 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses - Group B: 2 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses - Group C: 2 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Elective Courses: 5-8 semester hours (s.h.)
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 04560 Form and Analysis 3
MUSG 05547 Music and the Related Arts 3
MUS 04570 20th Century Literature and Techniques 3
SMED 32502 Teaching of Music Theory 3
Concentration Courses: Group A
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 10527 Graduate Music Composition I 6
MUS 10528 Graduate Music Composition II 6
MUS 10525 Graduate Music Composition I 4
MUS 10526 Graduate Music Composition II 4
Concentration Courses: Group B
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 10539 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10540 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10538 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10537 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10541-10544 Graduate Ensemble: Jazz Band 1
MUS 10545-10548 Graduate Ensemble: Lab Band 1
MUS 10549 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10550 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10551 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10552 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10553 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10554 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10555 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10556 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 08156 Contemporary Music Ensemble I 1
MUS 04536 Chamber Music I 1
MUS 04537 Chamber Music II 1
Concentration Courses: Group C
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 10501 Graduate Secondary Applied Instrument I 2
MUS 10505 Graduate Secondary Applied Voice I 2
Elective Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUSG 06546 Development and Interpretation of Symphonic Literature 3
MUSG 06509 String Instrument Literature 3
MUSG 06503 Jazz History 3
MUS 04541 Jazz Piano 1
MUSG 06542 Opera Literature 3
MUSG 06506 Art Song Literature 3
MUS 04551 Piano Accompanying I 1
MUSG 06511 Twentieth Century Band Literature 3
MUSG 06303 Choral Literature 2
MUS 04565 Seminar in Band Conducting 3
MUS 04557 Advanced Orchestration 3
MUS 04561 Score Reading I 1
MUS 04562 Score Reading II 1

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Performance Audition (at which any required foundation courses are determined)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Master of Music: Composition program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring 2020 01/21/2020 11/01/2019
Fall 2020 09/01/2020 07/01/2020

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$716 $161.55 $877.55