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10000 College of the Arts

Graduate programs in the College of the Arts are described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

10010 General Information

The College of the Arts consists of three schools and two centers. The college has approximately 2,000 undergraduate majors and 220 graduate students.

The liberal arts education offered by the College of the Arts prepares students for professional careers and provides the foundation for lifelong learning. Programs in the liberal arts promote the independent discovery of knowledge, an appreciation of the arts, and the ability to think critically and analytically.

Graduate programs offered by the College of the Arts prepare students for professional careers and provide them with the foundation for meeting the challenges of career development. For these purposes, the College of the Arts offers the Master of Arts, the Master of Music, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Teaching in Art Education, the Master of Art Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Within the framework of the various degree offerings, specific programs have been designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

10020.10 Office of Academic Assistance & Graduate Services

55 Park Place Building, Suite 990

404-413-5855

thearts.gsu.edu/college-of-the-arts/academics/about-student-advising/

Director: Sekeia Harris
Assistant Director: Tony Davis

The Office of Academic Assistance supports schools in providing academic advisement for students in the College of the Arts, primarily those who have earned 90 credit hours. Students with fewer than 90 credit hours are advised through the University Advisement Center (see advisement.gsu.edu). This office also works with students on career development and on marketing a liberal arts background in the current job environment. The Office of Academic Assistance prepares evaluations of transfer work done at other institutions as well as academic program reviews for each major offered through the college. It also assists with course selections and schedule revisions and provides information concerning college and university policies. Students are advised by appointment or may walk-in for brief consultations. During the academic year, the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students seeking a degree in the College of the Arts should become familiar with the academic regulations of the university.

Although the College of the Arts will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and to satisfy the degree requirements of his or her academic program. The College of the Arts encourages its majors to build relationships with the undergraduate support personnel in their major school. This position reflects the belief that a strong undergraduate program is possible only if there are frequent opportunities for students to discuss their academic work and career goals with one of their major professors. In a large urban institution such as Georgia State University, contact is essential if students are to receive individual attention and enjoy the full benefits of a liberal arts education.

10020.20 Academic Resources and Services

Creative Media Center (CMC)

460 Art and Humanities Building
404-413-5278
cmc.gsu.edu

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design’s Creative Media Center (CMC) offers access to cutting-edge digital technology for students who are currently enrolled in courses within the school. The CMC offers an array of Macintosh computer workstations and functions as both a digital classroom and computer laboratory, offering Open Lab access during scheduled times. The CMC includes specialized input and output computer hardware for print, sound, and video, as well as many industry-standard design and imaging software packages.

Music Media Center

400 Haas Howell Building
404-413-5903

The School of Music’s Music Media Center provides students with a valuable resource for music study through the use of the Bobbie Bailey Technology Classroom, consisting of 18 workstations that facilitate the art of music composition, a multi-media seminar room, and the Charles Thomas Wurm Circulation area with access to 16 listening-keyboard computer workstations.

Visual Resource Center (VRC)

520 Art and Humanities Building
404-413-5233

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design’s Visual Resource Center (VRC) has a large collection of art and architecture slides, print, and digital media covering all phases of art history. The collection is used extensively for instruction and learning by university faculty and students as well as visual arts professionals throughout the region. The university subscribes to Artstor Digital Library, a database of more than 1.4 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.

10020.30 Centers

Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA)

Nickitas Demos, Director

cencia.gsu.edu/

The Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) brings together visual artists, composers, musicians, actors and playwrights, filmmakers, and scholars engaged in arts-related research at Georgia State University. This cutting-edge union of arts-related disciplines is helping to guide the trajectory of the arts in the 21st century, as boundaries between traditional disciplines give way to exciting new partnerships.

Center for Educational Partnerships in Music

Michelle Mercier-DeShon, Director

music.gsu.edu/centers/center-educational-partnerships-music/

The Center for Educational Partnerships in Music is increasingly  recognized as a conduit for artistic excellence and innovation in urban music education. The centerunites university music faculty and undergraduate/graduate music students with the greater education community in a collaboration that advances the role of music in school culture and prepares strong leaders to teach in a diverse and interdependent context. Drawing on Atlanta’s unique community resources, the relationship created by the center fosters relevant and engaging music-making for all learners throughout the lifespan.

10030 Academic Programs

The College of the Arts offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Art Education
  • Master of Teaching in Education
  • Master of Arts in Art History; Communication, with a concentration in Film, Video and Digital Imaging
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, and Textiles
  • Master of Music, with concentrations in Performance (Orchestral Instruments, Organ, Piano, and Voice), Instrumental Conducting, Composition, Choral Conducting, Piano Pedagogy, Jazz Studies, and Music Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, with a concentration in Moving Image Studies

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degrees

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in Art Education or Music Education is offered by the College of Education and Human Development in conjunction with the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design and the School of Music, respectively, in the College of the Arts.

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with a major in Teaching and Learning and a concentration in Music Education is offered by the College of Education and Human Development in conjunction with the School of Music in the College of the Arts.

Descriptions of admission and program requirements are outlined in the College of Education and Human Development section of this catalog.

Dual Degrees

The College of the Arts offers dual degree programs within the college. These programs enable approved undergraduate students to take specified graduate courses that may count toward graduate degree requirements if the student is accepted into the affiliated graduate degree program.

Certificate Programs

The College of the Arts offers a professional certificate in Music, in addition to traditional graduate degrees. This certificate is outlined in the school’s section of this catalog and on the School of Music’s website.

Applicants not currently in a degree program in the College of the Arts must apply according to the general application instructions. Currently active degree-seeking students who wish to add this certificate program to their academic curriculum must apply for the certificate but are exempt from the standard admissions fee.

10040 Admission Policies

A person seeking to pursue any of the programs of graduate study described in this section of this catalog must be admitted to Georgia State University through the College of the Arts. The requirements for admission stated in the following sections are those established by the University and the College. Additional requirements, if any, established by the separate schools can be found in the descriptions of their programs and on their respective websites.

There are four categories of admission to graduate study in the College of the Arts: Full Status, Special Status, Non-Degree Status, and Transient Status. A student must achieve Full Status in order to be eligible for a graduate degree. The category of Special Status is designed to accommodate, when practical, applicants with promise who may have certain limited deficiencies in admission requirements. Non-Degree Status is provided for non-degree seeking students who wish to take a limited number of graduate courses. Transient Status is available for graduate students in good standing attending another institution.

Application Completion Deadlines

The Office of Academic Assistance lists on its website the deadlines by which an application to degree programs must be completed. These are the dates that all materials required for admission must be collected in the Office of Graduate Programs. Schools have different application deadlines, especially for applicants wishing to receive financial assistance. Applicants should check the school to which they plan to apply for specific application instructions and deadlines.

International applicants must have all application materials submitted as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time for the application materials to be reviewed by the school and, if appropriate, for the preparation of necessary visa documents.

Application and Admission

The graduate admissions process is coordinated by the Office of Graduate Programs. The College of the Arts will remain responsible for graduate admissions decisions for relevant degree seeking, non-degree, and transient graduate applicants.

The selection of applicants for admission to graduate study is competitive. Given limited university resources, even applicants with strong credentials may not gain admission to a specific graduate program. Admission is based upon a variety of factors among which is the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate record, achievement on required admissions tests, the degree of preparation for the specific academic program to be pursued, and available space in the program. In addition to these general criteria, individual schools may consider additional factors in making admission decisions. Applicants should be aware that exceptional performance in an undergraduate or a graduate program in one discipline does not guarantee acceptance into another graduate program.

A prospective student seeking admission must be a graduate of an accredited college with a four-year baccalaureate degree or the equivalent that reflects superior quality work at the undergraduate level. Each applicant must complete and submit the application for admission to graduate study, any required application materials, and the application fee.  The College of the Arts requires all prospective students to submit applications and supporting documents electronically.

Application materials required for admission to graduate study include the following:

  1. A copy of a transcript from each and every college or university, domestic or overseas, from which applicants received a degree, or where they were enrolled in a degree program for more than a single semester, will need to be uploaded by the applicant to the application. In addition, applicants should send transcripts from all institutions where they were enrolled in coursework relevant to the degree program for which they are applying. This may include courses taken in non-degree status, in transient status, or in post-baccalaureate status and is regardless of whether or not the courses led to a degree. Separate transcripts are not required for AP credit given for high school courses. As well, separate transcripts are not required for enrichment activities (e.g., summer abroad, summer internship, etc.) that did not involve enrollment in a degree program unless the work is relevant to the program for which they are applying. If offered admission, students are required to send one official transcript from each institution directly to the Office of Graduate Programs. Transcripts should be received no later than the first day of the semester of entry. Admission will be conditioned upon submission of official transcripts that confirm the information provided on unofficial transcripts during the application process.
  2. For programs requiring it, the official records of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (see specific school requirements) must be directed specifically to Georgia State University from the relevant testing agency. Please note that applicants to the M.F.A. program in Art & Design, the Moving Image Studies track of the M.A. in Communication, and to the Master of Music with concentrations in piano performance, organ performance, orchestral instrument performance, voice performance, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, piano pedagogy, and jazz studies are not required to submit national test scores.
  3. Any supplemental materials required by the major school beyond transcripts and test scores must be submitted via the online graduate application.  These materials may include but are not limited to a statement of purpose, writing sample, cv/resume, letters of recommendation, and creative portfolios.  Required supplemental materials vary greatly by program.

Admission to the College of the Arts can only be granted by the Office of the Dean of the College of the Arts. Correspondence from individual schools, professors, or outside agents does not constitute official admission.

Special Status Admission

The use of Special Status admission is solely the prerogative of the school to which an application has been made. Special Status admission may be given to applicants who show promise but are not able to fulfill all the requirements for admission of Full Status at the time they apply. Students admitted under the Special Status category are informed of expectations or conditions in the letter of admission. Students admitted to Special Status may be dismissed from their programs if their school feels that they are not making satisfactory progress toward promotion to Full Status.

A student must be in Full Status in order to earn a degree. At least 20 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed after the student is admitted to Full Status to qualify for graduation.

Non-Degree Admission

Non-Degree Status is provided for students who wish to take a limited number of graduate courses (typically not more than two) that relate to their academic or professional backgrounds but do not lead to an advanced degree. A student seeking admission to Non-Degree Status should complete the online application form and submit the $50 application fee, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and a list of courses he or she wishes to take.

A student is admitted to this status at the discretion of the school and when adequate resources are available. Applicants for the Non-Degree Status should consult the school director of graduate studies to learn about any additional requirements or policies that pertain to non-degree admission.

Admission to Non-Degree Status does not warrant or secure admission to any degree program. Some schools do not accept non-degree students. Please contact the school director of graduate studies for further information.

Transient Admission

An applicant seeking admission as a transient student must be a graduate student in good standing at another institution. Admission requirements include a complete application, application fee, a list of courses the applicant wishes to take, and a letter of good standing from either the graduate dean or the registrar of the student’s institution.

Admission to transient status is for one semester only on a space-available basis. A student who is not in good standing or who is ineligible to return to his or her institution will not be admitted. No guarantee is made that a transient student will be able to secure the courses desired. The reporting of grades earned to the student’s institution is the responsibility of the student.

The College of the Arts does not allow transient students to reenter. A complete application, application fee, list of courses, and a letter of good standing must be sent to the Office of Graduate Programs for every semester the transient student wishes to attend Georgia State University.

Deadlines for transient applications are as follows: Summer – May 15; Fall – June 15; Spring – December 1.

Changing Semester of Entry

Admission to a graduate program is valid only for the semester, degree, and major specified in the letter of acceptance. An applicant who is admitted and does not intend to enroll should notify the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts. If an accepted applicant wishes to defer entry within one year, the admitting school reserves the right to review the application materials again and decide if postponement is appropriate. Applicants wanting to change their date of matriculation must notify the school with this request.

Re-entry Students

Students of Georgia State University who are on Inactive Status, or who have received registration holds due to violation of the continuous enrollment policy, must complete reentry application and pay a $25 fee in the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts. All materials should be submitted by the appropriate deadline for the semester they wish to reenter. The complete reentry application can be found on the College of the Arts Office of Academic Assistance website. Students who have attended other colleges and/or universities since last registering at Georgia State must have official transcripts of all coursework sent to the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts, prior to the reentry deadline for the appropriate semester. Degree programs must approve all reentry applications and may deny reentry for a variety of reasons such as a student’s previous academic performance, a student’s progress in the program, the length of time not enrolled, and availability of space in the program. Reentry applications from students whose cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0 require a plan from the school’s director of graduate studies describing how the grade-point average can be improved to 3.0 or better within 18 hours of graded coursework over the next three consecutive terms.

Reentering students are subject to the regulations of the Graduate Catalog and the degree program current at the time of re-entry.

Deadlines for re-entry applications are as follows: Summer – April 1; Fall – June 1; Spring – November 1.

10050 International Students

Georgia State University encourages the enrollment of students from other countries. Applicants needing a student visa are required to provide proof of financial support for at least the first year of their degree program. International students with a student visa are required to carry a full course of study during every semester except the summer semester. Applicants requesting a student visa may not be considered for Non-Degree Status.

In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, prospective international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants with a score under 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS cannot be considered for Full Graduate Status; they may, however, be considered for Special Status admission.

Prior to registration for the first semester, all newly admitted international students are required to attend a special orientation, held by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. At this orientation, all newly admitted international students must take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language unless they have received a TOFEL score of 100 or higher or an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher. Students who miss the orientation should arrange with the department to take the GSTEP before classes begin or as soon as possible thereafter. Students with acceptable scores on the examination may proceed with their regular academic coursework. Students whose scores indicate a lack of English proficiency will be required to take ESL course or courses as a regular part of their graduate coursework. Any ESL courses required under this provision will be considered part of the student’s normal course load but will not count toward the total hours of coursework a student must take in order to obtain a degree.

GSTEP scores for each student will be sent by the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language to the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts along with a recommendation regarding the additional language course(s) that the student should take. The recommendation will then be sent to the appropriate school director of graduate studies, who will ensure that the student takes the recommended ESL course(s).

Academic credentials must be original documents with authorized signatures, seals, stamps, etc. Whenever possible, these should be sent by the institution responsible for issuing such documents. In cases where it is impossible for an applicant to have these credentials sent from such institutions, the applicant should forward a duly “notarized” or “attested to” copy. The notarization should be done by the proper institutional official or by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by translations. Translations should be made by the home country embassy or an appropriate official, and the original copies of the translations, acceptably notarized as described above, must be provided. As a general rule, documents translated by the Office of the American Friends of the Middle East (AFME), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the student’s home embassy, the American embassy, or the language faculty of a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will be acceptable. Students who already attend school in the U.S. can arrange to have their institutions certify photocopies of original documents, and students in the Atlanta area can arrange for the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts to certify photocopies of required foreign academic credentials.

10060 Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Each academic school in the College of the Arts offers opportunities for qualified students who have been accepted into one of the graduate degree programs to work an assistants. Graduate assistants work as tutors, aid faculty members in research projects, supervise laboratories, and teach undergraduate courses. Assistantships normally are awarded only to students enrolled full time in their degree programs. For the expected level of enrollment, see “Courses and Course Load” in section 10100 below. Students interested in graduate assistantships should contact the director of graduate studies in their school for specific information.

Students receiving assistantships as well as financial aid should be aware that receiving an assistantship can reduce the amount of financial aid awarded.

Graduate Assistantship Deadlines

Most schools have early deadlines for graduate assistantships. If you would like to be considered for an assistantship, please consult the appropriate school section of this catalog or school website to obtain the deadline for the program to which you plan to apply.

Graduate Study Funding

In addition to graduate assistantships, the college and university offer a variety of fellowships, scholarships, and other sources of financial support for graduate education.

10070 Calculation of Grade-Point Average

In schools where a new application is required from the master’s to the doctoral program, master’s and doctoral cumulative grade-point averages will be calculated separately. All credits earned while a student is in Non-Degree Status that are approved for, and used to fulfill requirements to, the master’s degree will be calculated into the cumulative master’s grade-point average. In order to qualify for graduation with a degree from the College of the Arts, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

10080 Scholastic Warning & Scholastic Termination

Scholastic Warning

Graduate students are personally responsible for knowing and maintaining school and college academic standards. A graduate student whose cumulative grade-point average falls below 3.0 at the end of a semester or who fails to maintain the level of academic performance required by the major school will be sent a letter of scholastic warning from the office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts. Some schools have additional requirements for academic performance and progress. In these instances, the school’s director of graduate studies will attempt to warn the student. However, the receipt or non-receipt of academic warning does not exempt the student from stated requirements. Students in Warning Status must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average within 18 hours of graded coursework over the next three consecutive terms.

Scholastic Termination

A graduate student is subject to scholastic termination from the degree program for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average by the end of the next 18 semester hours of enrollment or next three consecutive terms in letter-graded courses after the grade-point average has fallen below a 3.0.
  2. Failure to maintain the level of academic performance and progress required by the major school.
  3. A second failure on the general examination in the M.A. or Ph.D. degree programs.

The student who may be subject to scholastic termination will be notified of termination by the College of the Arts.

10090 Foreign Language or Equivalent Research Skill Requirement

Some schools in the College of the Arts require students to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language or in an alternative research skill. An alternative research skill is a proficiency obtained in an adjunct area that is ordinarily not a degree requirement in the student’s degree program. Students should consult their individual directors of graduate studies for specific school requirements.

An international student whose native language is not English and who demonstrates proficiency in English to the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language may be exempted from the foreign language requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be allowed only with school approval and by means of approved substitutions of equivalent research skills. The English for Foreign Language Requirement Exam (EFLRE) requires students to perform satisfactorily on the GSTEP, including the oral interview.

International students who will be using English to satisfy the foreign language requirement will take the EFLRE, and the result will be sent to the student’s academic school. Because GSTEP results are considered by the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language to be current for two years, students who wish to satisfy the foreign language requirement within the first two years of their arrival at Georgia State may use the GSTEP results already on file in the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language if those results are satisfactory. If students were not required to take the oral interview section of the GSTEP when they arrived, they will need to contact the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language to take it to fulfill the EFLRE requirement. Students who wait longer than the two year period will be required to take the complete EFLRE, which means retaking all sections of the GSTEP.

Courses taken to satisfy the foreign language requirement will not count toward the total hours of coursework a student must take in order to obtain a degree.

10100 Requirements and Time Limits

Program requirements are established based on the Graduate Catalog active at the time of the student’s initial acceptance and matriculation (first registration). All credits presented for the master’s degree must have been earned within seven calendar years of the date of the degree. All credits presented for the doctoral degree must have been earned within ten years of the date of the degree.

Continuous Enrollment

Students in all graduate programs must maintain enrollment totaling six hours (or more) over all consecutive three semester periods (including summers). In other words, the total enrollment of the current term plus the two terms preceding it must add to six hours or more at all times. The status of all students will be checked by the midpoint of each term for compliance with the continuous enrollment requirement. Any student whose enrollment is out of compliance will receive a registration hold preventing all current and future registration. Those students will be notified by an e-mail message sent to their official Georgia State University e-mail account.

To resume their programs, students with continuous enrollment holds must file for reentry by the published deadline and must enroll at a level sufficient to satisfy the continuous enrollment criterion. That is, their enrollment in the reentry term plus the two terms preceding it must total to six hours or more. The maximum required enrollment level for the reentry term is six hours. For more information on the reentry process, see section 10040.

Limits to Financial Aid

For purposes of financial aid and compliance with federal regulations, graduate students may receive aid for a maximum of 90 hours unless they are receiving a graduate assistantship. Ph.D. students are exempted from the Satisfactory Academic Progress process. Students receiving financial aid and receiving graduate assistantships may be subject to reduced financial aid awards.

Students’ Responsibility

Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the rules and regulations of the college and university, as well as those school requirements concerning their individual curricula. Enrollment in a graduate program in the College of the Arts constitutes students’ acknowledgement that they are obligated to comply with all academic and administrative regulations and degree requirements.

Academic Advisement

It is the responsibility of the student to know and to satisfy any and all conditions that pertain to admission and to the satisfactory completion of degree requirements. Students may obtain advisement from the appropriate graduate faculty advisor or from the school director of graduate studies. Advisors are also available in the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts to assist with admissions and other administrative actions related to admission and graduation.

Courses and Course Load

Courses numbered 6000 and above are normally open only to graduate students (see exceptions below). Each graduate course will carry three credit hours of academic credit unless otherwise indicated. Twenty-five credit hours is the maximum student load per semester; eighteen credit hours is considered to be the normal load for graduate students with a graduate assistantship in the College of the Arts, while nine credit hours is the load for defining a full-residence semester for most financial aid and loans. Students who wish to register for more than twenty-five hours of coursework must obtain the approval of the school’s director of graduate studies.

Policy on Allowing Undergraduates to Take Graduate Courses

Under one of the following conditions, an undergraduate student may be permitted to take a graduate course:

  1. Dual Degree Enrollment: The student has been formally accepted into an official university dual degree program that links an undergraduate degree program with a graduate degree program. Students in dual degree programs are granted permission to enroll in specified graduate courses when they reach a designated program milestone. Students who are accepted into the affiliated graduate program upon completion of the undergraduate degree may count specified course work toward fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements.
  2. College Approval of Enrollment: The Office of Academic Assistance of the college will determine a student’s eligibility for admission into a graduate course. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, be within 18 semester hours of graduation, and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Eligibility does not guarantee permission to take a graduate level course. Once a student’s eligibility is determined, permission must be granted by the instructor for the course, the school’s director of graduate studies, the director of the school offering the course, and the Office of Academic Assistance of the Arts. The request form is available in the college’s Office of Academic Assistance. Please note, graduate courses taken by an undergraduate student cannot be applied toward fulfillment of graduate degree requirements unless the student has been formally accepted into an official university dual degree program.

(This approval process does not apply to postbaccalaureate students. Postbaccalaureate students wishing to take graduate courses must be admitted as non-degree seeking students.)

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six credit hours of approved graduate credit from other institutions may be accepted toward a master’s degree program, and a maximum of three credit hours of approved graduate credit from other institutions may be accepted toward a graduate certificate program.  Transfer credit must be approved no later than the end of the second semester in Full Status. Transferred credits will be included in the time limitations placed on credits applicable to graduate degrees. For the policy concerning application of work taken at other institutions in the doctoral program, see the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Film, Media & Theatre.

Please note that the acceptance of transfer credit is not automatic; it must be approved and documented by the school director of graduate studies.

Responsible Conduct in Research

All undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs involved in empirical research at Georgia State University are required to undertake Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) education and training as part of their requirements for graduation or employment.  As part of this educational requirement, web-based training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) has been made available to meet this requirement.  More information on the university’s RCR training requirement can be found at ursa.research.gsu.edu/ursa/compliance/human-subjects/required-education-and-training/.

The College of the Arts currently has an RCR requirement waiver for all degree programs except the M.A.Ed. in Art Education and the M.Mus. in Music Education, although students in those programs who are not performing research that falls under RCR guidelines are also exempt from the RCR requirement.

10110 Degree Requirements

Candidates for graduation in a degree program offered by the College of the Arts must be officially registered for classes the semester of completing all academic requirements, including thesis/ dissertation defense, performance, or gallery show. Schools may determine the extent and type of hours that must be taken by the candidate during the concluding semester. Every candidate for completion must apply at least two semesters in advance of expected graduation with the Graduation Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar’s Office. These regulations are explained in the general university-wide section of this catalog. The semester of completion is defined as extending until the last day of the semester on the academic calendar as published by Enrollment Services.

While the provisions set forth in this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, Georgia State University and the College of the Arts have the right to change any provision, including, but not limited to, academic requirements for graduation, without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to advise students of any such changes. It is especially important that each student note that it is the individual student’s responsibility to keep apprised of current degree requirements for their particular program.

Graduation Requirement

All students must be enrolled in the term in which they complete the requirements for their degree. Normally, this is the term in which they will graduate. However, if the requirements are completed after the deadline for graduation in a term, but before the first day of classes in the subsequent term, then it is not necessary to enroll in the subsequent term. If the continuous enrollment criterion is not met in the term in which degree requirements are completed, then it must be met in the term of graduation.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Studies, concentration in Moving Image Studies, is awarded in recognition of the attainment of independent and comprehensive scholarship in film/media studies. The Ph.D. emphasizes research in conjunction with the mastery of a substantial body of knowledge. Specific degree requirements may be tailored by the faculty to meet the needs of the individual student.

In order to qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the student must fulfill the following general requirements:

  • Residence: Four semesters of residence are required, two of which must be consecutive; during all four semesters the student must register for at least six hours of coursework. A Doctor of Philosophy degree shall be conferred only on that student who holds a distinguished record of academic achievement and has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 for a minimum period of three academic years of postbaccalaureate study. On the recommendation of the School of Film, Media & Theatre and with the approval of the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts, up to one-half of the residence requirement may be waived on the basis of competence obtained through coursework completed elsewhere.
  • Comprehensive Examination: Students must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the School of Film, Media & Theatre. An Examination Committee shall be appointed by the director of the school. The committee shall consist of a minimum of three members, at least two of whom shall be on the faculty of the school. The comprehensive examination shall be both written and oral. The examination may be repeated once following a minimum interval of six months either with the original committee or a duly constituted new committee. The examination must be passed at least one academic year prior to the conferral of the degree. The student who fails the examination for the second time will be subject to termination.
  • Admission to Candidacy: In order to be admitted to candidacy, the student must have passed the comprehensive examination, and must have a dissertation prospectus. Graduate students who have completed these requirements except for their dissertation and related defenses may be admitted into ABD (all but dissertation) status. This title will be based on the positive recommendation of the school’s director of  graduate studies and following successful review and certification of other doctoral program requirements by the Office of Academic Assistance. This designation does not change any time limits or registration requirements for completion of the degree program.
  • Dissertation: A dissertation is required of all candidates for the doctoral degree. A Dissertation Committee, of which the dissertation advisor shall be chair, shall pass on the acceptability of each dissertation. The committee shall be nominated by the student and appointed by the director of the school. If more than one member of the committee does not recommend that the dissertation be accepted, then the dissertation will not be accepted as a fulfillment of the degree requirements. Currently dissertations are uploaded to the university’s ScholarWorks database. The student, with the concurrence of their advisor and the director of the school, may stipulate that access to the dissertation may be delayed or limited. A student may choose to have the dissertation copyrighted. Each student must register for a minimum of 20 credit hours of dissertation research.
  • Dissertation Defense: This examination shall be administered by the Dissertation Committee.

Master of Arts

The requirements stated below are the minimum requirements established by the College of the Arts for the awarding of the Master of Arts degree. In addition to any other school requirements, the student seeking either of these degrees must fulfill the following general requirements.

  • Coursework: A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate coursework with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required. At least 20 hours of graduate coursework must be completed after admission to Full Status. In addition, students taking the thesis option must successfully complete at least six credit hours of thesis in the major school. If desired, up to 6 semester hours of the 27-hour requirements may be taken in a related field or fields of study. Foreign Language: Some schools require students to demonstrate a reading proficiency in a foreign language or an approved equivalent research skill.
  • General Examination: Some schools require students to pass a school administered general examination.
  • Demonstration of Research Competence:
    • Thesis: Ordinarily a thesis is required of all candidates for a master’s degree. Contact the school’s director of graduate studies for more information.
    • Non-thesis: A non-thesis option is available in some schools. In lieu of the thesis, research competence is generally demonstrated on the basis of a research paper or a creative project.

10120 Student Exception Procedure

The grievance and appeals procedures for students enrolled in courses or academic programs in the College of the Arts is available on the university website at enrollment.gsu.edu/assistance.

Students may request deviations from the regulations in the College of the Arts section of this catalog by applying for approval to the Academic Petitions Board. Students considering such a petition should consult the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts to determine procedures and to obtain appropriate forms. This petition procedure does not apply to school-based regulations.

10200 Art & Design

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Art History
  • Dual B.A. in Art (Art History Concentration) / M.A. in Art History
  • Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.)
  • Master of Teaching in Art Education (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration in Art Education (in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development)

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
117 Arts & Humanities Building
Atlanta, GA 30302-4107
404-413-5229
artdesign.gsu.edu
Email: artgrad@gsu.edu

Joseph Peragine, Director
Susan Richmond, Ph.D, Associate Director
Wesley Harvey, Graduate Coordinator

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Art History prepares candidates for professional activities in museums, galleries, and in the fields of historic preservation, conservation, and art criticism. The program also prepares students for graduate work at the doctoral level.

The Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) degree allows students to strengthen art content while developing skill in the teaching of art at all levels. Students who hold degrees in either Art or Art Education and have obtained Tier 4 (T4) certification are encouraged to apply. Students seeking a teaching certification at the graduate level may apply to the M.A.T. in Art Education. Candidates for the M.A.T. may be asked to complete additional coursework as advised by graduate faculty base on the portfolio review.

The Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) and Master of Teaching (M.A.T.) programs are taught to a cohort group of students who progress through course work together. Both traditional masters students with teaching certification and graduate students seeking certification may be included in the cohort.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree program in studio arts is divided into the following areas of specialization: Ceramics (CER), Drawing and Painting (DP), Graphic Design (GRD), Interior Design (ID), Photography (PHOT), Printmaking (PRT), Sculpture (SCU), and Textiles (TEXT). Each specialization requires course work within the discipline. Students should stay in close contact with their faculty advisors to determine which particular classes are best suited for their development as artists and designers.

All degree programs of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design by contacting the school’s director of graduate studies at the addresses above.

Application Procedures

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design admits students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who have a record of academic excellence and have demonstrated skill in a visual art discipline. The applicant must specify one of the above degrees and the area of concentration on the application. Applicants interested in an assistantship should fill out an assistantship form and submit it with their application. All accepted applicants are considered for scholarships—no form is necessary.

Applications for the Art History and Studio programs are reviewed once a year, in the spring, for fall admissions. Applications for the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. programs are reviewed in the spring for fall admissions. Each applicant must satisfy the general requirements of the College of the Arts. Incomplete or improperly prepared applications and portfolios will not be reviewed.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design has the following requirements:

M.A. Degree

Applicants for the M.A. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the Art History graduate program at Georgia State University will serve those interests and goals.
  3. A writing sample such as a term paper from an upper-level art history course.
  4. General Record Examination (GRE) scores.

The statement and writing sample should be uploaded with the other application materials or sent to the Office of Graduate Programs.

Specific admission requirements for the M.A. degree in Art History include the following:

  1. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement.
  2. Undergraduate coursework in art history. Applicants normally should have a minimum of five upper-level courses or the equivalent.

Applicants to the Art History graduate program are also encouraged to meet personally with a member of the art history faculty.

Please note: Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the Office of Graduate Programs by the deadline. Due to the volume of applications submitted each year, a return receipt is highly recommended. It is also recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

M.A.Ed. Degree (36 hours) and M.A.T. Degree (43 hours)

Applicants for the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. Statement of Intent: A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State University will serve those interests and goals.
    The letters of recommendation and the statement of intent should be uploaded with the other application materials, or sent to the Office of Graduate Programs.
  3. Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. The portfolio should contain both two- and three-dimensional work. It should reflect basic skills in drawing and design and sufficient advanced skill in one area. A total of 20 images should be submitted if the applicant is not a practicing art educator. If the applicant is a practicing art teacher, a minimum of ten images of personal studio work and up to ten images of student work are acceptable. Under no circumstances should more than 20 images be submitted. Examples of work by the applicant’s students should represent a variety of media and reflect quality in design, craftsmanship, originality, complexity, and historical or cultural content.
    Submission guidelines for the statement and portfolio preparation are the same as the M.F.A. degree (listed below).

Specific admission requirements for the M.A.Ed. degree include the following:

  1. An undergraduate major appropriate to the intended major at Georgia State University.
  2. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement, usually a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Proof of Tier 4 teaching certification (from Georgia or other state).

Specific admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree include the following:

  1. An undergraduate major appropriate to the intended major at Georgia State University, preferably in the field of art.
  2. Students should have completed at least 15 hours in studio art at the undergraduate level with introductory classes in the following areas: Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Photography and Sculpture. If these course requirements have not been met in the undergraduate program additional credits may be required.
  3. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement, earned a 2.5 overall cumulative grade-point average and a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in all art content courses.
  4. Passing scores on GACE Program Admission Assessment
  5. Ethics (Program Entry test)
  6. Once students are admitted to the M.A.T. program art education faculty will assist students in understanding certification requirements which, include Tort Liability coverage, and criminal background checks.

Applicants to the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. degree program who would like to supplement their portfolios before making officially applying are encouraged to enroll in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design as a post baccalaureate or non-degree graduate students. Applications for post baccalaureate status may be requested from the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Georgia State University. Application for non-degree graduate status maybe completed online through the traditional graduate application. Applicants are encouraged to meet personally with a member of the art education faculty to familiarize themselves with requirements of the program before application.

Please note: Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the Office of Graduate Programs by the deadline. It is recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

M.F.A. Degree:

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State University would serve those interests and goals.
  3. Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. Admissions portfolios may include still images, film/video projects, musical performances/compositions, videos of acting/dance/performance.
    The portfolio may include one of the following:

    • 20 examples of work on CD
    • Film/video projects – DVD or Quicktime on CD. Six minutes maximum.
    • Musical performances/sound work/compositions. Six minutes maximum.
    • Videos of acting/dance/performance. Six minutes maximum.

Please do not send original work. Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the Office of Graduate Programs by the deadline. It is recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.
Still image submissions:
Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 20 images. Be sure to include the title of the work, date, medium, and dimensions as part of your file and metadata. Include 20 images in JPEG format (150 DPI, 1500 pixels on greatest dimension).
Moving image/sound submissions:
Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than six minutes of audio-visual material. Work must be accompanied by a list with the title of the work, date, full running time, and the student’s role (e.g., director, actor, etc.) in each work and must be submitted in the appropriate file format for the medium.
If an applicant wishes to include a mixture of stills, sound, or moving images, then the materials will be divided evenly. For example, if still and moving images are submitted, 10 stills and three minutes of motion are allowed.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. For more information, please feel free to contact the school, review GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Art History (36 hours)

The Master of Arts in Art History offers two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students declare which track they intend to pursue after completing 18 hours of coursework, with the art history faculty who will then determine whether or not they may continue in their chosen track. Students who do not have a grade-point average of at least 3.7 (A-) will generally not be allowed to continue in the program, and students who have not demonstrated sufficiently strong research and writing skills will not be allowed to pursue the thesis track. Students who plan to continue graduate work after the Master of Arts in Art History at Georgia State University are urged to pursue the thesis-track option.

Each student will be assigned an advisor upon acceptance into the program, but may change advisors contingent upon acceptance by the subsequent advisor. Students are responsible for making appointments with their advisors and for being familiar with the requirements for the degree. Students must work closely with their advisors to determine the best distribution of art history courses and the most pertinent electives, as well as to make sure that they correctly progress towards the degree.

All candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Art History must demonstrate a reading knowledge of either French or German. The language requirement should be fulfilled no later than the end of the first year (or 18 hours) of graduate work. This requirement may be adjusted by petition of the student if his/her major area of research requires learning a language other than French or German. The foreign language reading requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. Completing or providing evidence of completion of two years of college coursework in the requisite language.
  2. Passing a reading examination administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. The reading tests, offered once a semester, emphasize translation ability. Students are permitted to take the exam more than once, if necessary.
  3. Receiving a B or better in FREN 7151 French for Reading, GRMN 7151 German for Reading, or, with permission, SPAN 7151 Spanish for Reading.

Courses taken to satisfy the foreign language requirement will not count toward the total hours of coursework a student must take in order to obtain a degree. Graduate-level language courses can be taken as electives, and FREN 7151,GRMN 7151, or SPAN 7151 can be taken as an elective once the student has already fulfilled the foreign language reading requirement in another language.

Thesis Track (33 hours):
  1. 18 hours of coursework consisting of 6 art history lecture courses or seminars with a minimum of three seminars (AH 6000 or AH 8000 level).
  2. Three hours of AH 8010 Methodology and Historiography of Art.
  3. Six hours of electives in related areas
  4. Thesis proposal approved by the thesis committee.
  5. Six hours of AH 8999 Thesis Research.
  6. Thesis approved by the thesis committee.

(In regard to 4, 5, and 6, students should consult the latest art history thesis guidelines.)

Students should take at least one course in three of four general areas of study. These areas are:

  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Early Modern Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Global South
Non-Thesis Track (36 hours):
  1. 27 hours of coursework consisting of nine art history lecture courses or seminars with a minimum of four seminars (AH 6000 or AH 8000 level).
  2. Three hours of AH 8010 Methodology and Historiography of Art.
  3. Six hours of electives in related areas.

Students should take at least one course in three of four general areas of study. These areas are:

  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Early Modern Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Global South
Dual B.A. in Art (Art History Concentration) / M.A. in Art History

The school offers a dual Bachelor of Arts with an Art History concentration and Master of Arts in Art History. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the Dual Degree program by the school and the College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the Dual Degree program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes, although GRE scores are not required. All students accepted into the master’s program via the Dual Degree Program are only allowed to pursue the non-thesis track.

Master of Art Education (36 hours)

Course of Study
  1. Select one (3):
    • Three hours of art history coursework (non-Western preferred)
  2. Nine hours of coursework in a studio concentration
  3. Nine hours of 8000 level art education coursework
  4. Three hours of coursework in the area of the psychology of learning, to be selected from:
    • *EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
    • EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3)
  5. Three hours of coursework in the areas of philosophical and social foundations of education, to be selected from:
  6. Three hours of research methodology, to be selected from:
    • *EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
    • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3) (preferred)
    • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  7. Six hours of AE 8999, Thesis Research.

*These specific education courses are offered on-line and are aligned with the low-residency M.A.Ed. cohort program structure.

The thesis in art education may concentrate solely on an art education issue, or explore a studio or art history oriented problem that is tied to an art education issue. Research in art education may focus on action research in the candidate’s own classroom as well as other research methodologies. Thesis research that includes a thesis exhibition is also acceptable.

Master of Teaching M.A.T. (43 hours)

Course of Study
  1. Select one (3):
    • Three hours of art history coursework (non-Western preferred)
  2. Studio Art Requirement: 9 hours of coursework in a studio concentration:
    • ART 6980 Special Problem in Studio Practices (3)
    • DP 6980 Individual Study: Studio Practices (3)
    • ART 6980 Special Problem: Contemporary Art in Studio (3)
  3. Art Education Requirement: 9 hours of 8000 level art education coursework selected from:
    • AE 8000 Introduction to Research in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8010 Philosophy and Curriculum in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8020 Learning Theories (3)
    • AE 8050 Computer Imaging and Instructional Technology (3)
    • AE 8200 Histories and Communities in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8400 Aesthetics and Critical Theory (3)
  4. Art Education Methods Certification Coursework :
    • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • AE 6200 Art for Preschool through Fifth Grade (3)
    • AE 6300 Art for Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
    • AE 6400 Media, Technology, and Visual Presentation (3)
    • AE 6600 Art Education Practicum (4)
    • Opening School Experience (non credit 2 week observation)
    • AE 6750/6760/6770/6780 Student Teaching Coursework (6) OR AE 6785 Internship I and AE 6786 Seminar, and AE 6795 Internship II, and AE 6796 Seminar (6)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) requires a passing score on edTPA (the GaPSC-approved content pedagogy assessment), the GACE Art Content Assessment and Ethics (Program Exit) test for certification eligibility.

Master of Fine Arts, Studio (72 hours)

M.F.A. with Concentrations in Ceramics (CER), Drawing and Painting (DP), Graphic Design (GRD), Interior Design (ID), Printmaking (PRT), Photography (PHOT), Sculpture (SCUL), and Textiles (TEXT)

In general, the requirements for an M.F.A. are as follows:

Category of Work Units Required Description
Professional Development 12 Pedagogy, Teaching Practicum, Professional Practices, and Thesis Writing.
Studio-Specific Courses 30 Graduate Studio/Design Seminars and Graduate Studio/Design Practice
Electives 6 Variable – must be outside area of specialization, can be outside School of Art & Design
Art History 12 Graduate-level courses in Art History
Thesis 12 Intensive work with a thesis committee to prepare your written thesis and exit show, lecture, presentation, or screening
Total 72

All M.F.A. candidates in CER, DP, PHOT, PRT, SCUL, and TEXT must complete a written thesis and an exit exhibition. Normally, ID and GRD students will also complete a written thesis and exit show, though there may be exceptions for those fields of study.

While there may be some variations, the M.F.A. in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is a three-year degree. A typical three-year course of study will proceed as follows:

Fall, Year 1

Course Units Description
Pedagogy ART 6100 3 Theory and practice of university-level teaching
Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar 8400 3 Inter-disciplinary seminar focused on a particular research idea/topic
Studio Practice 8500 3 Discipline-specific art studio/design work and critique
Art History Seminar

AH 6900

3 Graduate-level Art History focused on a particular research topic *
Advisor-Recommended Class 3 Course for your specific needs/interests determined with your faculty advisor
Assistantship** ART 8700 3 Time for assistantship duties

Spring, Year 1

Course Units Description
Teaching Practicum

ART 6200

3 In-class experience with university-level teaching
Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar 8400 3 Inter-disciplinary seminar focused on a particular research idea/topic
Studio Practice 8500 3 Discipline-specific art studio/design work and critique
Art History Seminar

AH 6900 or History of Subject*

3 Graduate-level Art History focused on a particular research topic
Adviser-Recommended Class 3 Course for your specific needs/interests determined with your faculty advisor
Assistantship** ART 8700 3 Time for assistantship duties

* For PHOT students, typically the first semester Art History course will be the Photo History Seminar.

*For ID students, typically the first semester Art History course will be the History of Interior Design.

*For GRD students, typically the first semester Art History course will be the history of Graphic Design.

** Assistantship hours do not count toward the 72 hours required for the M.F.A. degree.

 24- Hour Review: At the end of your first year of study, you will undergo a review to determine your progress through the program. For more information on this process, see “24- Hour Review Process” in the policies section, below.

Summer, Year 1

Course Units Description
Assistantship** ART 8700 12 Time for summer assistantship duties

Fall, Year 2

Course Units Description
Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar 8400 3 Inter-disciplinary seminar focused on a particular research idea/topic
Studio Practice 8500 3 Discipline-specific art studio/design work and critique
Art History Seminar

AH 6900

3 Graduate-level Art History focused on a particular research topic
Elective 3 Course outside your area of specialization  – may be outside the School of Art & Design, with permission
Assistantship** ART 8700 6 Time for assistantship duties

Spring, Year 2

Course Units Description
Professional Practices

ART 6500

3 Learn professional practices necessary to work as an M.F.A.-level artist/designer
Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar 8400 3 Inter-disciplinary seminar focused on a particular research idea/topic
Studio Practice 8500 3 Discipline-specific art studio/design work and critique
Art History Seminar

AH 6900

3 Graduate-level Art History focused on a particular research topic
Elective 3 Course outside your area of specialization  – may be outside the School of Art & Design, with permission
Assistantship** ART 8700 3 Time for assistantship duties

 Choose Committee for M.F.A. Thesis and Exit Show: At the end of your second year, you will choose your committee for your M.F.A. thesis, submit your thesis topic, and begin planning your exit show. See “Thesis” and “Exit Show” in the policy section, below.

Summer, Year 2

Course Units Description
Assistantship** ART 8700 12 Time for summer assistantship duties

Fall, Year 3

Course Units Description
Thesis Writing ART 6600 3 Intensive graduate-level writing course for preparing your M.F.A. thesis
Thesis Hours 8999 6 Time for researching and writing your thesis and preparing your exit show
Assistantship** ART 8700 9 Time for assistantship duties

Spring, Year 3

Course Units Description
Thesis Hours 8999 6 Time for researching and writing your thesis and preparing your exit show
Assistantship** ART 8700 12 Time for assistantship duties

Policies

The following policies are not exhaustive of the guidelines applicable to students in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. For a fuller list of policies, see the student handbook. The policies contained herein are only those that most directly impact the above-stated curriculum.

24-Hour Review Process

At the end of 24 hours of M.F.A. course work, you will undergo a 24-hour review. This review will occur typically at the end of your first year of study. This review is meant to assess your progress, and to give you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.

You will work with your faculty advisor to schedule an individual review. Scheduling of reviews will begin mid-spring semester so that each candidate has an appointment time and day for the end of the semester. The review will consist of an overview of all the work you have produced as an M.F.A. candidate in the first year of study. As a result, it is important for you to produce a body of work consistent with the expectations of your area of specialization. Each area will have a presentation preference (i.e. physical or digital) as well as a minimum/maximum number of works expected. It is your responsibility to work with your advisor to ensure that you follow the preferred format for your area. Your faculty advisor and members of your area of specialization will conduct a formal review and critique of your work. This is a critical assessment of your first year of production as well as your future potential as an M.F.A.-level artist or designer. Your faculty advisor and review committee will also assess your readiness to pursue further course work needed to reach the thesis level. You must ensure that your work is of high quality and reflects your capabilities, vision, and voice. Each review is highly individualized, and will include opportunities for dialogue between you and your reviewers. You should be able to discuss and defend your work in a cogent, articulate, and professional manner. At the end of the process, the review committee will meet and come to a decision regarding the outcome. There are three possible decisions and outcomes for the review process:

Decision Outcome
Full Pass Proceed with coursework under the supervision of your faculty advisor.
Provisionary Pass You are on probation and must address the concerns of the committee. Typically, you will be given a remediation plan. Failure to complete this satisfactorily will result in dismissal from the program. Students receiving a provisionary pass must apply for and complete another review to be readmitted to Full Status. Typically, students must wait until the start of the following fall semester to reapply for review.
Failure Students who fail the 24-hour review will be dismissed from the program immediately and may not apply for re-entry to that program.

In order to document the outcome of your review, you will submit a copy of the Graduate Review Record to the school’s graduate director. The Graduate Review Record is used to track your progress through the various steps toward graduation including your 24-hour review. The form is available in the student handbook.

Thesis

M.F.A. candidates normally are required to complete a written thesis. At the end of the second year of coursework, candidates will constitute a thesis committee and will submit a thesis topic to their faculty advisors for approval. Committees will consist of at least three faculty members, two of whom must be from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. The proposal must be a written document that cogently states the topic the candidate wishes to pursue and should include an overview of the relevant scholarship on the subject.

The thesis is a scholarly document meant to reflect your research. As such, it should be well written and carefully argued, and should meet the highest academic standards. Theses not meeting these expectations will be refused, which will result in graduation delays and may result in the withholding of the M.F.A. degree. In addition to these school expectations, each thesis must conform to the formatting guidelines set out by Georgia State University and the Board of Regents, as well as the submission deadlines established each year. The guidelines for theses at Georgia State University undergo periodic revision, so it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they follow the guidelines published by the Office of Academic Assistance. Failure to meet published guidelines and/or deadlines will result in delays and may result in the withholding of the M.F.A. degree.

Document Minimum Requirements
Thesis Proposal Prepare a cogent statement of the proposed topic. Include a thorough overview of the relevant scholarship on the subject. Submit at the end of the second year of coursework. Receive approval of faculty advisor and thesis committee.
Written Thesis Present a well written, carefully argued document. Meet academic standards for theses in your area. Conform to published Georgia State University and BOR guidelines. Meet all published submission deadlines. Receive approval of faculty advisor and thesis committee

Exit Show

Thesis candidates typically are required to carry out an exit show at the end of the third year of the M.F.A. program. The exit show is not meant as a recapitulation of the student’s career as an artist or designer. It is meant to show the work carried out in thesis. In some cases, the exit show may consist of a public lecture, presentation, or screening. In all cases, the thesis committee will approve the final form of the show, lecture, presentation, or screening, to ensure that it conforms to best practices in each area of specialization.

Candidates will work closely with their faculty advisors and committee members to determine the content and scope of the show. This collaboration is not meant to censor the exhibition or to impinge in any way on the academic freedom of the candidate. The dialogue fostered by this process is meant as a teaching and mentoring opportunity in which experienced faculty members help introduce the candidate to the rigorous professionalism expected of M.F.A.-level artists and designers. Each candidate must work with the Gallery Director to schedule the show. Students are required to prepare, mount, and hang their own shows as well as to produce all necessary collateral materials. Once the show has closed, students are responsible for taking down the show and restoring the gallery to its proper condition. Each exit show is unique to the student; determining what is necessary and appropriate must be a collaborative effort between the candidate and the committee. Like the thesis, the work offered for the exhibition should meet the highest academic standards for works in the student’s area. The exit show is not a pro forma exercise. It is an integral part of the curriculum; failure to complete the show in a satisfactory manner (including, but not limited to, abiding by appropriate gallery regulations) may result in the withholding of the M.F.A. degree. Each candidate’s committee and faculty advisor will critique the final show in order to ensure that it meets appropriate standards of professionalism. Failure to secure final committee and faculty advisor approval for the exit show may result in withholding of the M.F.A. degree.

Minimum Requirements
Exit Show Meet the academic standards of the area of specialization, both in the quality of work and in the design of your show. Finalize the content and scope of exhibition in collaboration with your faculty advisor and committee. Schedule the show with the Gallery Director according to established timelines. Follow all gallery rules and regulations. Prepare, mount and hang your own show. De-install your show and return the gallery to its proper condition.

10300 Film and Media

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Communication, Concentration in Film, Video, and Digital Imaging
  • Dual B.A. in Film and Video/ M.A. in Communication, Film/Video Concentration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies, Concentration in Moving Image Studies

School of Film, Media & Theatre
10th Floor, 25 Park Place Building
Atlanta, GA 30303

Greg Smith, Director
Ethan Tussey, Graduate Director

The School of Film, Media and Theatre offers a Master of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Film, Video, and Digital Imaging. This program offers an emphasis either in Moving Image Studies or Film and Media Production. The Moving Image Studies track is designed for students who want advanced credentials in film and media studies, as a stepping stone to the doctoral program or into a career in the media sector.

The Film and Media Production track builds the student’s technical expertise in all areas of digital production including editing, cinematography, sound design, and new media programming. While at the same time encouraging students to use this technical expertise to develop a strong and original aesthetic voice.

The School of Film, Media and Theatre also offers a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Moving Image Studies. Drawing theoretical perspectives from film, television, new media, and performance studies, the Moving Image Studies Ph.D. program prepares students to investigate how moving images are constructed and perceived, how they impact the culture, and how the visual and performing arts are being transformed in the digital age.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Film, Media & Theatre has the following requirements:

  1. All applicants to the M.A. program must submit:
    • A statement of educational or career goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in Film, Video, and Digital Imaging.
    • An above-average undergraduate grade-point average (a minimally qualified applicant typically will achieve at least a 3.0).
  2. All applicants to the M.A. in the Moving Image Studies Track must also submit:
    • sufficiently high score on the verbal portion of the Graduate Records Examination prior to consideration for acceptance into the graduate degree program.
  3. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit:
    • A statement of educational or career goals.
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in Moving Image Studies.
    • An above average undergraduate and master’s grade point average.
    • Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE
      • International students, the TOEFL Examination).
    • A writing sample that demonstrates their ability to conduct and effectively present academic research.

NOTE: All applicants for the Moving Image Studies Ph.D. program must have earned a master’s degree before entering the program.

Applicants for the Moving Image Production emphasis of the M.A. program and Ph.D. applicants will be admitted in the fall only. Applications for the Moving Image Studies emphasis of the M.A. program will be accepted for both fall and spring semesters. Deadline for application for fall admission is February 10 for Ph.D applicants and March 15 for M.A. applicants. Deadline for application for the spring semester (for the Moving Image Studies emphasis of the M.A. program only) is November 15. The school will not consider requests for Special Graduate Status admission.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. For more information, please feel free to contact the school or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (Research Thesis option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Seven hours of core courses: FLME 6020 and FLME 6155.
  2. Seventeen to twenty-three hours of courses in Film and Media at the graduate level.
  3. Up to six hours of coursework can be in related fields.
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill.
  5. Six hours of FLME 6990, Thesis Research.
  6. A successful prospectus defense.
  7. A research thesis.
  8. A successful research thesis defense.

Master of Arts (Creative thesis option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Seven hours of core courses: FLME 6020 and FLME 6155.
  2. Seventeen to twenty-six hours in Film and Media at the graduate level.
  3. Up to nine hours of coursework in related fields.
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill.
  5. Three hours of FLME 6995, Thesis Production
  6. A successful prospectus defense.
  7. A creative thesis project.
  8. A successful creative thesis defense.

Master of Arts (Course-Intensive option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Seven hours of core courses: FLME 6020 and FLME 6155
  2. Twenty to twenty-nine additional hours in Film and Media at the graduate level
  3. Up to nine hours of coursework in related fields
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill
  5. Submission of an approved writing sample in consultation with the graduate director

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies Concentration in Moving Image Studies (Minimum of 68 hours beyond the master’s degree)

  1. Required courses (5)
    • FLME 8111 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • FLME 8035 Doctoral Colloquium in Communication Pedagogy (3)
  2. An additional thirty-three hours in area of concentration
  3. At least nine hours of research tools (approved courses that fall within the general categories of research methodologies)
  4. Twenty-one hours of FLME 9999 Dissertation Research
  5. A written and oral comprehensive examination
  6. A successful Prospectus defense
  7. A successful dissertation
  8. A successful dissertation defense

Dual B.A. in Film and Video / M.A. in Communication, Film/Video Concentration

The school offers a dual B.A. in Film and Video/M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Film, Video and Digital Imaging. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and count the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the school and the College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Admission to the Dual Degree program only occurs during the spring semester for fall admission. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must apply for the master’s program following college processes, although GRE scores are not required.

10400 Music

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Music
    • Concentration in Choral Conducting
    • Concentration in Composition
    • Concentration in Guitar Performance
    • Concentration in Instrumental Conducting
    • Concentration in Jazz Studies
    • Concentration in Music Education
    • Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance
    • Concentration in Organ Performance
    • Concentration in Piano Pedagogy
    • Concentration in Piano Performance
    • Concentration in Voice Performance
  • Artist Certificate in Music
    • Concentration in Choral Conducting
    • Concentration in Piano Performance
    • Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance
    • Concentration in Orchestral Conducting
    • Concentration in Voice Performance
    • Concentration in Wind Band
  • Dual B.Mu./M.Mu. Program
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration in Music Education (in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Teaching and Learning with Concentration in Music Education (in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development)
School of Music
5th floor Haas Howell Building
Atlanta, GA 30302-4107
404-413-5900

Nick Demos, Director
Jan Baker, Director of Graduate Studies

The mission of the School of Music is to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program that is consistent with the urban context and mission of Georgia State University, and that serves the pursuit of artistic, professional, and scholarly excellence.

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree that prepares students for careers in music and for further specialized study in music at the doctoral level. The graduate degree includes specializations in performance (keyboard instruments, orchestral instruments, and voice), composition, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, piano pedagogy, jazz studies, and music education. Complete descriptions of these programs may be obtained by contacting the School of Music, or visiting the School of Music website. In addition to courses and degree programs, the School of Music offers concerts, recitals, lectures, and workshops that are open to all students and to the community. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The School of Music is located in the historic Fairlie Poplar District in downtown Atlanta. The four buildings which comprise the Music Complex are all located in the same block. They are the Haas-Howell Building at 75 Poplar Street, the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts at 80 Forsyth Street, the Standard Building at 92 Luckie Street, and the Aderhold Learning Center. Some classes are held in the Art and Humanities Building at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue. Chamber music concerts and faculty and student recitals are presented in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall in the Art and Humanities Building while large ensembles perform in the newly renovated Rialto Center Theater, a state-of-the-art performance venue seating 950. The administrative offices are on the fifth floor of the Haas-Howell Building.

A Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in music education and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in music education is offered by the College of Education and Human Development in conjunction with the School of Music.  General admission and program requirements are outlined in the College of Education and Human Development chapter of this catalog and at www.music.gsu.edu.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the School of Music by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Music has the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent.
  2. Applicants in music education must submit either GRE scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.
  3. Applicants in some programs must audition and/or submit a portfolio (see below).
  4. Applicants are required to take placement examinations in music history and music theory before registering for coursework. Those applicants whose examination scores reveal deficiencies will be required to take appropriate additional coursework, which will not be applied to the graduate degree.

Master of Music: Concentration in Choral Conducting

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials: an audio or video recording of a recent choral concert; at least three printed programs of concerts or church services that have been performed within the last four years; a repertory list of choral music conducted and sung and of music performed in applied areas.

Master of Music: Concentration in Composition

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit a portfolio of original music scores, and recordings of composed works.

Master of Music: Concentration in Guitar Performance

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Music (Guitar Performance) must audition and complete the audition form located on the School of Music website: music.gsu.edu.

Applicants may contact the Music School of Music directly at 404-413-5900 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments. Applicants are advised to audition on one of the School’s regularly scheduled audition days. Individual appointments may be permitted in certain cases. Decisions for admittance are made after all required application materials and audition results are on file.

Master of Music: Concentrations in Instrumental Conducting

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following: a video of a rehearsal and an audiotape or videotape of one or more recent performances by an ensemble that they have conducted; a list of works that they have conducted in the past three years; a list of works performed on their major instrument at the undergraduate level; evidence of current employment as an instrumental conductor or access to an appropriate instrumental ensemble; applicants should expect to demonstrate their conducting and rehearsal techniques in a live performance with their own ensemble or a university ensemble.

Master of Music: Concentration in Jazz Studies

Additional Admissions Requirements

Admission to the concentration in jazz studies is based on examination of one or more of the following: original compositions, arrangements, scholarly papers, audition, and professional experience.

An audition is required. The applicant must have had prior experience in improvisation. At the audition the applicant must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the styles of swing, bebop, funk, and contemporary jazz.

Master of Music: Concentration in Music Education

Additional Admissions Requirements

Each applicant should (1) have either a teaching certificate in music from the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate, or be eligible to receive such certification, and (2) have concurrent or prior teaching experience of at least one year. Applicants to this concentration must submit acceptable scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or from the Miller Analogies Test.

Master of Music: Concentrations in Performance

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Auditions should be arranged in accordance with the schedule available from the School of Music. Applicants for a concentration in performance should contact the School of Music for details concerning audition requirements and to obtain an audition appointment.

Master of Music: Concentration in Piano Pedagogy

Additional Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to this concentration are required to play an audition including works from four historical periods. All works must be performed from memory.

Artist Certificate in Music

To be admitted into the Artist Certificate program, students must have either a master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.

Artist Certificate in Music: Concentrations in Performance (Orchestral Instrument, Piano, Voice)

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Applicants may contact the Music Admissions and Enrollment office directly at 404-413-5955 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments.

Artist Certificate in Music: Concentrations in Conducting (Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, Wind Band Conducting)

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Applicants may contact the Music Admissions and Enrollment office directly at 404-413-5955 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments.

Degree Requirements

Master of Music (36 hours)

Concentration in Choral Conducting

Degree Requirements

  1. Required Courses:
    • Select one (2) (two semesters):
      • APVC 6000 Applied Voice I (1)
      • APPF 6000 Applied Piano I (1)
    • MUS 6450 Advanced Tonal Analysis (3)
    • MUS 6470 Graduate Choral Conducting Recital (0)
    • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2)
    • MUS 6640 Choral Literature I (3)
    • MUS 6641 Choral Literature II (3)
    • MUS 7080 Ensemble (1) (four semesters)
    • MUS 7220 Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting and Performance (2) (three semesters)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Materials (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • Two 8000-level course in music history (3) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrument Conducting (2)
  2. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Composition

Degree Requirements

  1. Required Courses:
    • APCP 8001 Applied Composition I (3)
    • APCP 8002 Applied Composition II (3)
    • APCP 8003 Applied Composition III (3)
    • APCP 8004 Applied Composition IV (3)
    • MUS 6210 Composition Seminar (2) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6460 Analysis of Post-Tonal Music (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8870 Twentieth Century Music (3)
    • MUS 8890 Composition Recital (3)
    • MUS 8910 Final Project in Composition (2)
  2. Up to (3) credit hours of electives. The following electives are encouraged:
  3. A piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study.
  4. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Guitar Performance

Degree Requirements: Guitar Concentration

  1. Required Courses:
    • APGT 8001 Applied Guitar I (3)
    • APGT 8002 Applied Guitar II  (3)
    • APGT 8003 Applied Guitar III (3)
    • APGT 8004 Applied Guitar IV (3)
    • MUS 6010  Performance Laboratory (0) (four semesters)
    • Select one (3):
    • Select (4) credit hours:
      • MUS 7060 Wind Ensemble (1) (four semesters)
      • MUS 7070 Orchestra (1) (four semesters)
      • MUS 7080 Men’s Chorus (1) (four semesters) or
      • any graduate level elective (4)
    • MUS 7150 Guitar Ensemble (0.5) (four semesters)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8490 Chamber Recital (1)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentrations in Instrumental Conducting

Degree Requirements: Orchestral Track

  1. Required Courses:
    • APCD 8001 Applied Instrumental Conducting I (3)
    • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting II (3)
    • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting III (3)
    • MUS 6110 Instrumentation and Orchestration (3)
    • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
    • MUS 6941 Orchestral Literature II (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Seven credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Wind Band Track

  1. Required Courses:
    • APCD 8001 Applied Instrumental Conducting I (3)
    • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting II (3)
    • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting III (3)
    • APCD 8004 Applied Instrumental Conducting IV (3)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting (2) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8800 Wind Band Literature (3)
    • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Six credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Jazz Studies

Degree Requirements

  1. Required Courses:
    • APXX 8000 Applied Instruction (3) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6170 Jazz Arranging (2)
    • MUS 6792 Jazz Theory (2)
    • MUS 6850 Jazz Styles (2)
    • MUS 7090 Jazz Band (1) [four semesters]
    • MUS 7160 Jazz Combo (.5) [four semesters]
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8220 Jazz Pedagogy (2)
    • MUS 8230 Jazz Program Administration (2)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. A final project consisting of a public performance.
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Music Education

Degree Requirements

  1. Required Courses: *Select twelve hours from:
    • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
    • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
    • EPY 7080 Psychology of Learning and the Learner (3)
    • MUS 7400 Foundations of Music Education (3)
    • MUS 7590 Seminar in Music Teaching and Learning (3)
    • MUS 8240 Research in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 8260 Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (3)
  2. *Select three hours from:
    • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
    • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
    • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
    • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
  3. *Select three hours from:
    • MUS 7230 Special Topics in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
    • MUS 8210 Arts, Education, and the Community (3)
    • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 8580 Leadership and Supervision of Music Education (3)
  4. *Select three additional hours from:
    • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
    • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
    • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
    • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
    • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
    • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
  5. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  6. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  7. MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2) or substitute course
  8. One graduate-level elective course in music (3)
  9. *Research or Pedagogy Project in Music Education (4). These four credits are to be taken concurrently. Research projects (MUS 7300) must be focused on the application of research in music education. The practicum option (MUS 8950) is open only to those currently employed as music teachers. Formal presentation of the project or analysis of the practicum (MUS 8900) may take a number of forms, including a paper, a presentation, or a workshop for teachers.
    • MUS 8900 Non-Thesis Research in Music (1) and MUS 7300 Directed Study in Music Education (3) OR
    • MUS 8900 Non-Thesis Research in Music (1) and MUS 8950 Practicum in Music Education (3)
  10. Comprehensive examination: The comprehensive examination in Music Education will take the form of a cumulative paper and portfolio.
    • CUMULATIVE PAPER AND PORTFOLIO: Students are required to fulfill two parameters during the final semester of coursework toward the M.Mu.in Music Education. These comprise the presentation of a cumulative paper and cumulative portfolio.
    • CUMULATIVE PAPER: The cumulative paper will be a research paper of substantial scope and length. The minimum length is 60 pages in APA format, including: main text, research data, research protocol, and list of references (a maximum of 5 pages of references will be counted toward the 60 page minimum); not included in the minimum page count are the paper’s front matter and third-party material. The cumulative paper will be developed with faculty guidance throughout a student’s tenure at GSU. The paper may (or may not) involve a research project overseen by the university’s Institutional Review Board. The cumulative paper will be presented to the review committee in written form one month prior to an oral defense. The defense will consist of a research poster presentation, a PowerPoint-based overview of the content, and responses to questions from the review committee.
    • CUMULATIVE PORTFOLIO: The portfolio will be evaluated by the review committee at the time of the cumulative paper presentation. The portfolio should consist of at least seven sections: one section of each of the four core courses (MUS 7400, MUS 7590, MUS 8240, and MUS 8260), one section for the primary methods course, one section for the Research or Pedagogy Project, and one section for the courses in Musical Studies. Each section should include at least one paper (or substantive project not limited to print form) that demonstrates substantial learning. The opening pages of the portfolio should include the student’s current resume, a list of professional development activities undertaken during the course of study (conferences attended, workshops given, articles written, etc.), and a 1500 word (minimum) statement about how the specific contents of the portfolio demonstrate both the breadth and depth of learning during the course of study.
*Note: Courses under 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9 require B or better.

Concentrations in Performance

Degree Requirements: Orchestral Instrument

  1. Required Courses:
    • APXX 8001 Applied Music I (3)
    • APXX 8002 Applied Music II (3)
    • APXX 8003 Applied Music III (3)
    • APXX 8004 Applied Music IV (3)
    • Select one (3):
    • MUS 7060, 7070 Large Ensembles (1) (four semesters)
    • MUS 7110-7150 Chamber Ensembles (0.5) (four semesters)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8490 Chamber Recital (1)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Organ

  1. Required Courses:
    • APHC 6000 Applied Harpsichord/Continuo (1)
    • APOR 6500 Applied Service Playing/Improvisation (1) (four semesters)
    • APOR 8001 Applied Organ I (3)
    • APOR 8002 Applied Organ II (3)
    • APOR 8003 Applied Organ III (3)
    • APOR 8004 Applied Organ IV (3)
    • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2) (two semesters)
    • MUS 6875 Church Music History (3)
    • MUS 7080 Choral Ensemble (1) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. One graduate-level elective hour (1)
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Piano

  1. Required Courses:
    • APPF 8001 Applied Piano I (3)
    • APPF 8002 Applied Piano II (3)
    • APPF 8003 Applied Piano III (3)
    • APPF 8004 Applied Piano IV (3)
    • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (four semesters)
    • Select one (3):
    • MUS 6530 Accompanying (1)
    • MUS 6610 Piano Literature (3)
    • MUS 7071 Collaborative Piano (1)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8490 Chamber or Ensemble Recital (1)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Six credit hours of graduate-level electives chosen from the following:
    • MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills (2)
    • MUS 6500 Historical Counterpoint (3)
    • MUS 6620 Solo Song Literature I(3)
    • MUS 6680 The Piano: It’s Historical Development, Construction and Technology (2)
    • MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2)
    • MUS 6750 Group Instruction in Jazz Keyboard (1)
    • MUS 6792 Jazz Theory (2)
    • MUS 6910 Chamber Literature (3)
    • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
    • MUS 6941 Orchestral Literature II (3)
  5. A piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study, or successful completion of MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills.
  6. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Voice

  1. Required Courses:
    • APVC 8001 Applied Voice I (3)
    • APVC 8002 Applied Voice II (3)
    • APVC 8003 Applied Voice III (3)
    • APVC 8004 Applied Voice IV (3)
    • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6620 Solo Song Lit I (2)
    • MUS 6621 Solo Song Lit II (2)
    • Select one (2) (two semesters):
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
    • MUS 8620 Opera Theatre Workshop (5 credit over any number of semesters)
    • MUS 8625 Opera Production (3)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history or MUS 6660 Dramatic Music (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. One credit hour graduate-level music elective
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.
  6. Proficiency in Italian, German, French, and English diction.

Concentration in Piano Pedagogy

Degree Requirements:

  1. Required Courses:
    • APPF 8001 Applied Piano I (3)
    • APPF 8002 Applied Piano II (3)
    • APPF 8003 Applied Piano III (3)
    • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (three semesters)
    • MUS 6080 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy (2)
    • MUS 6410 Piano Pedagogy I (3)
    • MUS 6411 Piano Pedagogy II (3)
    • MUS 6530 Accompanying (1) (one semester)
    • MUS 6610 Piano Literature (3)
    • MUS 7970 Piano Pedagogy III (2)
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8420 Degree Recital (1)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history(3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. Four credit hours chosen from the following:
    • MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills
    • MUS 6500 Historical Counterpoint (3)
    • MUS 6620 Solo Song Literature I (3)
    • MUS 6680 The Piano: Historical Development, Construction and Technology (2)
    • MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2)
    • MUS 6792 Jazz Theory (2)
    • MUS 6910 Chamber Music Literature (3)
    • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
    • MUS 6941 Orchestral Literature II (3)
  5. Piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study, or successful completion of MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills.
  6. Teaching in the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program.
  7. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Applied Music Levels

Applied music at the 6000 (1 credit) and 8000 (3 credits) levels is available for students who have been admitted to a degree program in the School of Music in Full or Special Graduate Status. Applied music levels carrying one or three hours of credit are assigned to individuals by the School of Music, and lessons are arranged by the student and the assigned instructor. Students should consult the School of Music office for the appropriate course and computer number. The 6000 level is generally for secondary study or for students in programs that do not require applied music lessons. The 8000 level is for a one-hour lesson in performance, jazz and pedagogy programs. There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour lesson.

Dual B.Mu./M.Mu. Program

The school offers a dual Bachelor of Music and Master of Music program. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the school and the College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Artist Certificate in Music

Concentrations in Performance (Orchestral Instrument, Piano, Voice)

Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance (18 hours)

      • APXX 8001 Applied Music (3)
      • APXX 8002 Applied Music (3)
      • Select one (2) (two semesters):
      • Select one (1) (two semesters):
      • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
      • Graduate Level Electives (8)

Concentration in Piano Performance (18 hours)

      • APPF 8001 Applied Piano I (3)
      • APPF 8002 Applied Piano II (3)
      • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (two semesters)
      • MUS 7071 Collaborative Piano (1) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
      • Graduate Level Electives (9)

Concentration in Voice Performance (18 hours)

      • APVC 8001 Applied Voice I (3)
      • APVC 8002 Applied Voice II (3)
      • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8620 Opera Theatre Workshop (2) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
      • Graduate Level Electives (7)

Concentrations in Conducting (Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, Wind Band Conducting)

Concentration in Choral Conducting (18 hours)

      • APCD 8001 Applied Conducting I (3)
      • APCD 8002 Applied Conducting II (3)
      • MUS 7080A University Singers (1) (two semesters)
      • MUS 7220 Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting (2) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8690 Choral Conducting Project (3)
      • Graduate Level Electives (3)

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting (18 hours)

      • APCD 8001 Applied Conducting I (3)
      • APCD 8002 Applied Conducting II (3)
      • MUS 7070 Orchestra (1) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting (2) (two semesters)
      • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
      • Graduate Level Electives (3)

Wind Band Conducting (18 hours)

    • APCD 8001 Applied Conducting I (3)
    • APCD 8002 Applied Conducting (3)
    • MUS 7060 Wind Ensemble (1) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting (2) (two semesters)
    • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
    • Graduate Level Electives (3)