UMKC Catalog


Master's Degrees

The master of arts, master of music and master of music education degree programs require a minimum of 30 semester hours; at least 18 hours must be numbered 5500 or above. No 300- or 400-level courses may be included in a master's program if required in the comparable baccalaureate degree at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. CONSVTY 5599 (Thesis), CONSVTY 5598 (Research Problems) or CONSVTY 5589 (Academic Portfolio) is required on all degree programs except performance. With the approval of the supervisory committee and the principal graduate adviser, students can transfer hours equal to 20 percent of the planned program from an accredited institution other than UMKC, but any such transfer credit must be less than seven years old at the time the degree is awarded. The official time limit for the completion of the master's degree is seven years.


The Conservatory of Music and Dance aims to meet or exceed the educational standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the training of master's level music students. To that end, the Conservatory endorses the development of
  • Individual talents, interests and philosophies which can be used creatively both to preserve and extend our cultural heritage.
  • Professional competence in such disciplines as composition and performance interpretation and the evaluation of knowledge.
  • Scholarly competence in the organization, interpretation and evaluation of knowledge.
  • Profesional competence in the communication and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Individuals with the potential to solve contemporary problems in various aspects of music.

The comprehensive examination must be taken during or after the last term of coursework. It is designed to last a total of eight hours and the content is at the discretion of the supervisory committee. The examination is offered during the fifth week of fall and spring semesters and may be scheduled during a summer session with the approval of the supervisory committee. If taken in the summer, the questions may not be graded until the Fall Semester. students must be enrolled during the term the comprehensive examination is administered.