Music Theory MA

College of Arts and Sciences

Program Description

The program in music theory builds upon a curriculum that is deeply rooted in the best theoretical traditions, while also exploring innovations in the field. Our working assumption is that the goal of music theory is to serve music, and that the best theorists are those who have the most interesting things to say about the music they care about. Graduate seminars in tonal theory constitute parallel streams for all graduate students, culminating in analysis seminars and theoretical projects.

Program Contact

Nicole Rosen
226 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2757
Fax: 716-645-3824

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 32 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admission Tests**

  • GRE

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.