The curriculum for the MFA in Music is largely self-directed. Candidates work closely with faculty to design plans that best suit their individual interests, needs and goals and collaborate with faculty members and other students, including undergraduates, to deepen their artistic passions and to hone their technical skills. Faculty members comment on the work in its process and evaluate its ultimate product.

In addition to graduate-level offerings, the full undergraduate roster of courses is available to candidates who are encouraged to explore and incorporate other mediums and disciplines into their studies. MFA candidates must present work regularly in the weekly Music Workshop and contribute to the Fall Music Festival, where faculty will be available to offer critique and support.

The MFA in Music is designed as a two-year, four-term program; however, those who cannot commit to four consecutive terms are encouraged to propose an alternative schedule when applying.