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Master of Music
The School of Music offers Master of Music degrees in conducting, performance, collaborative piano and church music.
Admission to Graduate Study
Admission to the Graduate Studies Area of School of Music is conducted by formal application and an audition in a performance area (voice, keyboard, instrumental, or conducting). The entire application and performance audition will be considered when making admissions decisions, and each piece of the process is important. In addition, applicants must submit an application fee, (TOEFL for International Students), official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. The Graduate Studies Area of School of Music requires that all applicants have either a bachelor’s degree in music or music education from a nationally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution of higher learning. Applicants are expected to have a record of undergraduate study and experience predicative of success in graduate study.
International Applicants
Qualified applicants from countries other than the United States of America will be eligible for admission into the program. International students follow the same admissions process as students from the United States, but must submit proof of English literacy skills by taking the TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the internet based TOEFL is required or IELTS of 6.5. In addition, a score of 22 on the speaking section of the test is required. International applicants should be particularly mindful of the transcript requirement since transcripts from non-U.S. institutions frequently lack proof of conferred degree information. Non-English transcripts need to be translated by an official translating agency. If the applicant is admitted before receiving a degree and final transcripts, the applicant is required to present a final transcript documenting proof of degree to the Graduate School by the first day of class or a hold will be placed preventing the applicant from registering.
Diagnostic Examinations
At the time of the audition, the applicant will be required to take two diagnostic examinations: a theory examination and a music history examination. The results of both examinations will be factors to be considered for admission to the program. The results of the tests can be used for advising and may require some type of remediation. Study guides for the examinations are available on the graduate studies web page. As well, vocal performance, choral conducting, and collaborative piano (vocal emphasis) graduate students will be given a language proficiency diagnostic test concerning the use of IPA for and the correct pronunciation of English, Italian, German, and French; choral conducting graduate students, in addition to the four languages listed above, will be given an IPA and pronunciation diagnostic examination in Latin (Roman Usage). Failure to meet language standards will result in the student taking undergraduate diction courses in the deficient language.
Residency Requirement
To qualify for the Master of Music degree programs, a graduate student must successfully complete at least 80% of the graduate coursework in residence and achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0. Successful completion of a graduate course requires a grade of C or higher.
Transfer Credit
School of Music will accept transfer credit from other institutions towards the Master of Music degree. Transfer of credit occurs after enrollment and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with appropriate faculty members and Dean. Credit for graduate work transferred from other universities shall be allowed subject to the following provisions:
1. 20% of the required Mercer coursework (excluding internships, practica, and recitals) may be petitioned for transfer,
2. Coursework must be from an NASM accredited university,
3. Coursework must have been taken no more than 5 years prior to entrance in the graduate program.
Exceptions to this policy may be appealed to the Dean of the School of Music.
Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension
No credit is awarded for any course in which a grade below C is earned. No more than two grades of C or C+ in any combination may be applied toward a graduate degree. A student may re-take a course in which a grade of C or C+ has been earned, but only one re-attempt of the course will be allowed.
The first semester that a graduate student's semester and/or cumulative grade point average is below 3.0, the student will receive an academic warning. The second semester in which a graduate student is enrolled and his/her semester and/or cumulative grade point average is below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. The graduate program director may specify academic conditions with which a graduate student on academic probation must comply to be able to register, such as courses to be taken, course load limits, attainment of a specific semester grade point average, etc. A graduate student on academic probation who fails to meet conditions set by the graduate program director may be placed on academic suspension and barred from registering for classes for one or more semesters. A student who falls below six hours in any semester, is on academic probation, or does not have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average may lose his/her graduate assistantship or fellowship. The student may reapply to the graduate director the following semester for possible re-instatement of the assistantship or fellowship.
Policies on Continuous Enrollment and Time Limitations
Students enrolled in graduate degree programs should make consistent progress toward their degree in order to complete the program according to the requirements under which they enroll. Students will complete all degree requirements within a four-year limit. Time limits shall be computed from and include the first semester of credit applied to the degree program. Unless the student maintains continuous matriculation, the school may require that the student meet the degree requirements in force at the time of her/his readmission.
Master of Music candidates must be registered for 1 credit of MUS 610 Comprehensive Exam Research and Review during any semester in which they use university facilities or the professional time of faculty members while comprehensive exam preparation is in progress.
A graduate student who withdraws from the University or who is suspended from graduate study must make a written request for readmission, addressed to the graduate program director.
Exit Requirements
All graduate degrees in music require the successful completion of course work, a graduate recital in the student’s applied area of concentration, and comprehensive written and oral examinations. The applied recital is coordinated by the student's applied teacher, and evaluated by a three-person graduate faculty panel. The comprehensive written and oral examinations are coordinated by the director of graduate studies and evaluated by a three-person faculty committee.
No more than two grades of C or C+ in any combination may be applied toward a graduate degree. A student may re-take a course in which a grade of C or C+ has been earned, but only one re-attempt of the course will be allowed. A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to successfully fulfill the requirements for graduation.