Choral & Sacred Music

Master of Music – Choral Music

  • The program details described below are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • Refer to the 2017-2018 USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.


The MM in choral music is a two-year, 30-unit program that includes course work in choral conducting, choral music seminars, choral literature, choral development, music history, and vocal arts. The program culminates with a graduate recital.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (2 units)

MPVA 501 Individual Instruction Voice (lessons) (2 units)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 5__ 500-level music ensembles (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (16 units)

MUCD 541 Choral Conducting III (three 2-unit courses)
MUCM 440 Choral Development (2 units)
MUCM 541 Choral Literature I (2 units)
MUCM 542 Choral Literature II (2 units)
MUCM 641 Choral Literature III (2 units)
MPVA 438 Vocal Pedagogy (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500-level Music History electives (two 2-unit courses)
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II (2 units)

Capstone Projects (2 units)

MUCM 590 Directed Research (preparation for recital) (2 units)
One Graduate Recital
Comprehensive Review

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 this MGEE page for more information.
Graduate students in Choral Music are also required to pass a keyboard proficiency examination in the early part of their program.