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AY 19-20 1-3.03: Program Classification, Status, and Credit Limits

Students are only admitted to degree programs on the basis of scheduled auditions/interviews conducted during the normal admissions cycle and must matriculate in the fall semester that begins the next academic year.‚ÄĮ Peabody does not defer admissions. In some cases, students may matriculate to a diploma in a spring semester.‚ÄĮ Extension‚ÄĮstudents may begin study in any semester depending on course and teacher availability.¬†

1-3.03.A: Multiple Degree Programs or Majors 

Students may only pursue multiple majors or multiple degree programs if they are admitted to both programs through the regular admissions process. Students enrolled in multiple programs must complete all requirements specific to both majors and may only overlap credits for supportive courses in music, general studies, and electives. 

Undergraduate 

Students admitted to the Music Education and Recording Arts Bachelor of Music programs are considered students with multiple majors: a performance (or composition or computer music) major plus Music Education or Recording Arts.  No other major may be added to these programs.  Similarly, students in the double-degree program with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering, as well as students in the Joint Degree with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of the National University of Singapore may pursue only one Peabody major. 

Bachelor of Music Students majoring in Performance, Composition, Computer Music, and Music for New Media may add a second major, subject to the following conditions: 

  1. Students must pay for the second major lesson at the rate specially designated in the tuition schedule. 
  2. Performance majors may not add a second major on the same instrument with a different repertoire or style.  Examples include Voice and Historical Performance Voice and Double Bass and Jazz Bass.   
  3. Students may not combine majors in the same department, such as Violin and Viola or Piano and Organ.   
  4. Finally, the majors Composition, Computer Music, and Music for New Media are mutually exclusive: no two may be combined.  While Composition or Computer Music may be combined with Recording Arts, the Music for New Media may not be combined with Recording Arts.  

Undergraduate students may add only one minor.  The Performer Certificate may not be combined with any other program. Special instructions for students in the five-year BM/MM or BMRA/MA program are noted in Section 2-1.05. 

Graduate Students 

Graduate students may not pursue two majors that result in two degree recitals in a two-year degree timeframe. 

Students in the Master of Music degree may be admitted into Performance Pedagogy, which for the purposes of these rules counts as a second area of focus.  Students in the Master of Music degree or the Doctor of Musical Arts degree may be admitted into the Master of Music in Music Theory Pedagogy or the Master of Music in Musicology.   

The Graduate Performance Diploma, Master of Arts Degree, and the Artist Diploma programs may not be combined with any other program. 

1-3.03.B: Credit Limits 

Undergraduate Students 

Undergraduate students comprise all students who have matriculated to degree and diploma programs: Bachelor‚ÄĮof Music (including Recording Arts and Music Education), Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Performer‚Äôs Certificate. Students who have been admitted to the five-year BM/MM program are undergraduate students until their fifth year. These students‚ÄĮmust enroll in a minimum of 12 credits each semester in order to maintain full-time status and must successfully complete 30 credits each year to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.¬†

Students at the undergraduate level are encouraged to take approximately 15-18 credits per semester.‚ÄĮUndergraduate students may register for a maximum of 25 credits per semester.¬†¬†Some¬†combined degree programs require more credits¬†and students will be allowed¬†to take¬†the extra classes as prescribed¬†by¬†their¬†requirements.¬†¬†In any other scenario, students¬†with¬†compelling reasons to take classes above the credit limit¬†may¬†petition¬†Academic Affairs.¬†

Graduate Students 

Graduate students comprise all students who have matriculated to degree and diploma programs: Master of Music, Master of Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts, the Graduate Performance Diploma, and the Artist Diploma.‚ÄĮStudents who have been admitted to the five-year BM/MM program are graduate students in their fifth year. Note that¬†the¬†credit limits vary for degree and diploma programs.¬†

Graduate Degree Programs 

Graduate students in the‚ÄĮMaster of Music, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts‚ÄĮprogram‚ÄĮmust enroll in a minimum of nine credits each semester in order to maintain full-time status. MM and DMA students must successfully complete 18 credits each year to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.¬†

Graduate degree students may register for a maximum of 18 credits per semester‚ÄĮincluding lessons, ensembles, recitals, and a maximum of six credits of graduate seminars each semester. Students who enroll in any music theory and musicology courses beyond the¬†six-credit¬†limit will be administratively withdrawn from those classes.‚ÄĮIf a student has compelling reasons to take classes above the credit limit, they may petition Academic Affairs.¬†

Graduate Diploma Programs 

Graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Performance Diploma, and the Artist Diploma‚ÄĮprograms‚ÄĮmust enroll in a minimum of four credits each semester in order to maintain full-time status.‚ÄĮ There is no part-time status for the GPD or AD. In addition to lessons, ensembles, and recitals, students in the GPD and AD programs are allowed to enroll in a maximum of four academic credits each semester. Students who enroll in any classes beyond the¬†four-credit¬†limit will be administratively withdrawn from those classes.¬†If a student has compelling reasons to take classes above the credit limit, they may petition Academic Affairs.¬†

 

CLASSIFICATION 

PROGRAM 

MINIMUM CREDITS FOR FT STATUS PER SEMESTER 

MAXIMUM CREDITS ALLOWED PER SEMESTER 

Undergraduate Students 

Bachelor of Music 

12 

25 

Bachelor of Fine Arts 

12 

25 

Performer’s Certificate 

12 

25 

Graduate Degree Students 

Master of Music 

9 

18 

Master of Arts 

9 

18 

Doctor of Musical Arts 

9 

18 

Graduate Diploma Students 

Graduate Performance Diploma 

4 

8 

Artist Diploma 

4 

8