Master of Music in Music Theory

Learn the applications and current analytical theories of music theory with the Master of Music in Music Theory in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Graduates with the Music Theory MM are prepared to teach in colleges and universities, attain employment in related fields, and/or pursue a doctoral degree.

As a prospective student, you should have a reading knowledge of a foreign language, a well-rounded background in music history and theory, and a writing proficiency in English. In this degree program, you will gain a rich education in both the practical and theoretical. Through your studies, you will learn how to apply knowledge and skills to performance, composition, teaching, research or therapy.

Housed within the Department of Music Studies, the graduate program is organized into a series of small seminars. The program cultimates in a master’s written project. You will have six years to complete the 32-credit-hour master’s degree on a full- or part-time basis.


You can focus on Music Theory or you can take one of the following concentrations.

Classes & Curriculum

In addition to the final written project, required courses in this 32-credit master’s program include

  • Canon and Fugue,
  • Current Topics in Musicology and Theory,
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis (Post-Tonal Music), and
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis (Schenkerian Analysis).

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Music program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

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Out-of-state: [node:field_tuprog_tuition_nonresident] per credit

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