Vocal Arts & Opera

Master of Music – Vocal Arts

  • 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 vocal arts performance is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, ensembles, cantata and oratorio, pedagogy, vocal literature, music history and electives. A graduate recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (8 units)

MPWP 553 Individual Instruction (lessons) (four 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 5 500 level music ensembles (includes MUEN 514: Opera Chorus) (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (6 units)

MPVA 443 Cantata and Oratorio (2 units)
MPVA 540 Special Studies in Vocal Literature (2 units)
MPVA 541 Comparative Vocal Pedagogy (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (4 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500 level Music History elective (2 units)

Electives (10 units)

400 or 500 level music courses (5 units)
400 or 500 level music or non-music courses (5 units)

Capstone Projects

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 the MGEE page for more information.