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

Maria Portera
380 Academic Center
Buffalo, NY 14261
Phone: 716-645-6242
Fax: 716-645-3808

Instruction Method

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

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 38 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

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.