George Mason University
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George Mason University

Music, BA

Program Overview

Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides unparalleled opportunities in research, internships, and work experiences through strong alliances with business, the community, and government.

The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

For complete information on program requirements and policies for the 2017-18 year, please see the University Catalog.


For complete information on program requirements and policies for the 2017-18 year, please see the University Catalog.

Please see the University Catalog for complete program requirements and policies, and discuss all program plans with an academic advisor. Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program. 

Admission to the university is determined by the Office of Admissions. However, entrance to all music degree programs is by audition. Auditions are held approximately once per month, and arrangements for an audition must be made in advance. Audition dates and audition application forms are available on the School of Music web site.

Competency placement tests are required of all transfer students who wish to present transfer credit in aural skills or keyboard skills.

Degree Requirements (120 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) BA students complete one of the following: a minor, double major or double degree outside their primary field of study (15-20 credits), or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language (0-9 credits).

Major Requirements (42-53 credits)

Students may pursue either a traditional Bachelor of Arts in Music program or a specialized Concentration in Music Technology. Please note that for clarity, requirements for each option are listed separately in their entirety.   

Music (without concentration) – complete major requirements 


Music History 

Performance and Music Electives​


Music, with Concentration in Music Technology – complete major requirements


Music History

Performance and Music Electives

Music Technology

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at


Music majors at Mason work with world-class faculty who perform regularly in renowned venues with acclaimed ensembles. Music students also study and perform in beautiful spaces outfitted with up to date technology. Mason School of Music is an all-Steinway school. Performance opportunities are available for all musicians at Mason in more than 20 ensembles.

Concentrations within the Music, BA include:

  • Music
  • Music Technology
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