M.M. - Music Theory

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

You must begin by applying to the UNL Graduate College at: 
  • To start the whole process you must complete the UNL Graduate College application form (with its $50 application fee), available on-line at  www.unl.edu/gradstudies
  • The Graduate College application will send you to an on-line site called G.A.M.E.S., where you will begin the specific application for the Glenn Korff School of Music. You can save material in G.A.M.E.S. and return to it via its own website (see below) to complete the music application.
Complete your application to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. at:
  • You will need your NUID and Password to login to this application.
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
  • We require:
    Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale
  • International Students (only) must enter their TOEFL score into G.A.M.E.S. and also have scores sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english   We require:
    TOEFL minimum = Paper-550  Internet-79 (IELTS 6.5)
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • You will submit any and all required creative/scholarly works through G.A.M.E.S.
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirement
  • Examples of scholarly/creative materials, such as an analytical term paper or research document on a music theory topic, must be uploaded in electronic form into G.A.M.E.S.

MM Music Theory applicants do not need to submit to an in-person interview as part of their application process. They are, however, encouraged to visit the Glenn Korff School of Music to meet the faculty, sit in on classes, visit wth current students, and learn up-close about the opportunities available here. To schedule a visit, please contact Prof. Stan Kleppinger at kleppinger@unl.edu. We would also encourage applicants to schedule a Skype/FaceTime interview if a "live" visit doesn't work. 

Master of Music

Option I - Plan B - Music Theory Emphasis

Credit Hrs
Total Credits
Major Area Courses  
18 hrs
  MUSC 856 Schenkerian Analysis
3 hrs
  MUSC 857 Post-Tonal Theory
3 hrs
  MUSC 941 Theory Pedagogy
3 hrs
  MUSC 979 Seminar in Theory
3 hrs
  MUSC 899  Thesis
6 hrs
Other Music Studies  
8 hrs
  MUSC 836-Intro to Grad Studies
2 hrs
  Music History (see list of courses in Handbook)
6 hrs
  MUSR 68-Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
0 hrs
Electives (NOTE: 2 credits must be non-music theory)
4 hrs
30 hrs