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M.M. in Composition

The Master of Music in Composition program is flexible and designed to encourage independent stylistic development, technical skill and artistic excellence. Composers benefit from the Division's commitment to new music performance and a state-of-the-art electronic studio. Download a sample Course of Study plan (PDF).

Students applying to the M.M. in Composition program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts must submit a composition portfolio including at least 2 or 3 works that best demonstrate the diversity and strength of their compositional skills. Submission of recordings of these works is encouraged.

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  Credit Hours
MUHI 6335 Introduction to Graduate Studies  3
MUAS 6010 Recital Attendance (four terms) 
MUTH 6300, 6326, 6330, 6360 (select one) 
MUHI (5000-6000 level) chosen with adviser's approval 
MUTH 6310 or 6311 Electronic Music 
MUTH 6328, 6329 Composition 
MURE 6001 Recital 
MUTH (5000-6000 level) elective chosen with adviser's approval 
Ensemble or contemporary music workshop: two terms 
Elective: chosen with adviser's approval 
Total Hours 30 

Additional Degree Requirements

Attendance at regularly scheduled seminars is expected. Failure to attend will be reflected in the grade given in composition courses.

Successful completion of MUTH 6010 or the departmental Keyboard Proficiency Examination is required.
It is expected that the student will actively study composition every term in residence at SMU.

The thesis work may be for any medium and must be equivalent in complexity and accomplishment to an eight- to 10-minute concert work for orchestra. A brief proposal of the work must be submitted for approval to the thesis committee upon enrollment for thesis credit.

A degree recital (MURE 6001) consisting of works completed during graduate study is to be presented for approval by the student’s committee.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



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