About the Department

Opera at Rutgers' SusannahMason Gross School of the Arts music degree programs prepare students to achieve excellence and professional success as creative artists, teachers, and scholars. The diversity of faculty specializations within the school provides a breadth of expertise rarely encountered in other programs.

Students enroll in Mason Gross by audition or other special application processes. Mason gross confers the following degrees through the Music Department:
At the undergraduate level, students in performance and jazz are trained for professional careers as performers or performer/educators; in composition, too, students are prepared for professional careers as composers and educators. Students in music education graduate with certification to teach music in New Jersey public schools. All four undergraduate areas provide rigorous instruction in music theory and history, as well as performance/composition, and all four are complemented by core requirements in the liberal arts.

The department also offers graduate study leading to master's and doctoral degrees in performance, music education, musicology, music theory, and composition, as well as the artist diploma in performance and the artist diploma in voice with a concentration in opera. Graduate programs in musicology, music theory, and composition are administered through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

The BA with a major in music is available through the School of Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in SAS must also complete the SAS core and a minor. Students enroleld in the School of Business, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the School of Engineering may complete the major in music in addition to the major in their school of enrollment.

Depending on their enrolling school, undergraduate students enrolled in a school other than Mason Gross School of the Arts may also puruse the following: