The MM in composition is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction in composition, special topics in graduate composition, course work in music history, ensemble participation and individual instruction in any performance medium. A graduate recital and thesis are required.
- Refer to the 2013-2014 USC Catalogue for course descriptions and complete requirements.
- See the USC Thornton School of Music Admissions page for specific application information.
- Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is provided by Thornton Student Affairs.
Sample Summary of Program of Study
Lessons and Forums (8 units)
|MUCO 537||Advanced Composition I (four 2-unit courses)|
Music Ensembles and Performance Lessons (6 units)
|MUEN 5||500 level music ensembles (two 1-unit courses)|
|MP 501||Individual Instruction in Performance (two 2-unit courses)|
|Note: this can be in any musical medium, but all 4 credits must be in the same medium (e.g., trumpet) or applicable MUCD or MTEC instruction|
Program Intensive Courses (4 units)
|MUCO 592||Selected Topics in Graduate Composition (2 units)|
|MUCO 536||Advanced Orchestration I (2 units)|
Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)
|MUHL 570||Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)|
|MUHL 5||500 level Music History electives or|
|MUCO 5||500 level Composition electives (three 2-unit courses)|
Electives (4 units)
400 or 500 level music or non-music electives (4 units)
One Graduate Recital
MM Composition Portfolio
All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical graduate credit load is eight units per semester.
Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program. See the MGEE page for more information.