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Graduate Advisory Exams

New graduate students, with the exception of M.A. Music Therapy and Ph.D. Music Education students, are required to take placement exams in Music History and Music Theory. Each Advisory Examination lasts two hours. Students should take both exams during the day or days immediately preceding the start of classes in the fall semester. Students will receive information regarding the exams in mid-June.

Exam locations are determined each year. They are held at the following times:

  • Music Theory: 9:00-11:00
  • Music History: Noon-2:00

Note: Contact the Academic Office at if you will not be able to take the advisory exams during the scheduled time. If you do not email prior to the scheduled exam time, we will not be able to make alternative arrangements for the exam.

The music theory examination allows entering graduate students with excellent preparation to take graduate elective courses without having to pass the remedial course MUS:5200. The musicicology orientation helps guide students to take courses that are geared toward their specific interests. Students may elect to register for musicology courses before attending the musicology orientation. 


Music Theory and History electives are listed under "Graduate Programs: Master of Arts" in The University of Iowa General Catalog.

Exam Results

Students and faculty advisors will be notified of examination results by e-mail.