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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Music?

The bachelor of arts with a major in music is an academically oriented degree for those who wish to combine the breadth of a traditional liberal arts curriculum with a focus on both the academic and applied aspects of music. The curriculum is flexible: ample electives allow for the possibility to explore additional fields of study, including double-majors, minors, certificate programs and pre-med or pre-law coursework. Because of the academic focus of this degree, students interested in studying performance should apply to a bachelor of music degree in their chosen instrument.

Successful students will demonstrate intellectual curiosity, strong academic skills and abilities (especially in expository writing), musical aptitude, music analytical ability, and the desire for a broad liberal arts education. Students in the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) BA music program must achieve a grade of B or better for all required music courses.

Career Possibilities

Few careers in music professions can be attained without graduate study in a particular field. The BA in music is a flexible gateway to graduate study in most fields of music, particularly musicology, music theory, arts administration and music librarianship. Other possible careers include music promotions and music journalism.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The bachelor of arts in music presents a special opportunity to pursue an essentially academic discipline in a performance-oriented school. CCM offers MM and PhD degrees in music history and musicology, respectively, so the undergraduate music major has an opportunity to mingle with graduate students at varying stages of professional development. Equally important, CCM gives students opportunities to study with internationally recognized musicologists along with providing exceptional ensemble experience.

In addition to outstanding artist-faculty and degree programs, the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers the advantage of being located in a city long known for its intense interest in the performing arts. Major musical events are held frequently. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs in beautiful Music Hall as well as in its summer home, Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival of its kind in the nation, and the Cincinnati Opera brings major artists to the city. The Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum, Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Arts Center, Playhouse in the Park, and Cincinnati Ballet Company offer outstanding cultural opportunities.

Admission Requirements

For specific application and admissions information please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the college office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student's graduation. A minimum of one year in residence as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM is fully accredited by, and is a charter member of, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).