MA in Musicology-MAAA Dual Degree

A winning combination for your career in the arts

Bolster your resume and career opportunities in the arts by pairing a Master of Arts in Musicology from the Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs—both top-ranked in the nation.

These complementary degrees will equip you with transferrable skills needed to step into a management role in any arts organization. If you do not wish to pursue a Ph.D., the MAAA degree is the key to unlocking leadership potential in areas often pursued with a Musicology background including fundraising, grant writing, event planning, editing, and entrepreneurship. You’ll be well-prepared to take on roles such as music librarian, program notes annotator, music collection manager, or cultural historian.  

MA in Musicology students, including those who plan to pursue the Ph.D. program, can extend their MA by one year to complete their MAAA degree and further expand employment options. 

Over 60% of O’Neill master’s students receive funding.

Competitive funding packages are available to assist in making our top-ranked school affordable. Email us about funding your degree. 

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World-class partnership at IU

As a dual degree master’s student at both the Jacobs and O’Neill schools, you’ll experience a strong sense of community, access to practical experiences, and world-class resources—including the Cook Music Library, one of the world’s largest academic music libraries. Plus, you’ll benefit from the expertise in management, fundraising, business acumen, and financial management for which the O’Neill School is well known. 

The MA in Musicology-MA in Arts Administration Program


3years to complete

Course requirements for the dual MA in Musicology and MA in Arts Administration can be completed in just three years. The program combines 21 credits from the Jacobs School MA in Musicology and 33 credits from the O’Neill School MA in Arts Administration, which includes both a practicum and internship in arts administration.  

Music History and Literature (12-15 credits)  

Choose four or five courses: 

  • M502 Composers: Variable Topics (may be repeated for different topics)
  • M510 Topics in Music Literature (may be repeated for different topics)
  • M525 Survey of Operatic Literature 
  • M527 Symphonic Literature 
  • M528 Chamber Music Literature
  • M650 Music in the United States
  • M651 Medieval Music
  • M652 Renaissance Music
  • M653 Baroque Music
  • M654 Classic Music
  • M655 Romantic Music
  • M656 Modern Music
  • M657 Music Since 1960

Theory and Analysis (3 - 6 credits) 

Choose one or two courses: 

  • T545 Introductory Analysis of Music Literature
  • T551 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music
  • T555 Schenkerian Analysis
  • T556 Analysis of Music Since 1900

*The combination of Music History and Literature plus Theory and Analysis must equal 18 credits: either 12 Music History and Literature + 6 Theory and Analysis,  
or 15 Music History and Literature + 3 of Theory and Analysis* 

Seminar (3 credits) 

  • M601 Master’s Seminar in Musicology

Master of Arts Examination 

Ordinarily to be taken in the semester in which a student completes the coursework for the degree. 

Major Ensemble (8 credits) 

Two credit hours each semester until four fall-spring enrollments are reached or the student graduates. 

Tool Subjects (2 credits) 

  • M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (must pass with a grade of B or higher)

Required Core (21 credits)  

  • AADM – Y 502 Organizational Behavior and the Arts(Fall)
  • AADM – Y 504 Arts Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors (Spring)
  • AADM – Y 650 Seminar in Arts Administration (Fall)
  • AADM – Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts (Fall)
  • AADM – Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (Spring)
  • AADM – Y 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (Spring)
  • AADM – Y 562 Legal Issues in the Arts (Fall)

Management and Policy Courses (6 credits) 

  • Performing Arts (choose one)
    • AADM – Y 505 Programming the Performing Arts (Fall; not offered Fall ’23)
    • AADM – Y 508 Performing Arts Organization Management (Spring) or
    • AADM – Y 511 Performing Arts Center Management (Fall)
  • Arts and Cultural Policy (choose one)
    • AADM – Y 551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development (Fall)
    • AADM – Y 559 Public Policy in the Arts (Spring)

Experiential Requirement (6 credits)  

  • AADM – Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration
  • AADM – Y 750 Internship


You must apply separately for admission to the MA in Musicology at Jacobs and the MAAA at O’Neill and must be accepted by both schools in order to be admitted to the combined degree program.  

You may apply for admission to both programs simultaneously, or, if enrolled in one program, you may apply for admission to the other any time before the completion of your degree. 


Maggie Eronimous


“I did my research, and my research said that there was no reason to apply anywhere else, given the quality of O'Neill, my ties to Bloomington and desire to invest as much as I could in this community.” 


Brent Reidy

Musicology Ph.D. 2020, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Research Libraries, New York Public Library

“If it had existed when I was at IU, I would have been interested in the dual degree. It would have prepared me even better for the career I’ve pursued.”