Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Music offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) and Bachelor of Music in Performance (BMus).  We do not offer a minor program, though performance opportunities are available to all UCI students.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

  • Our standard program, to which ALL incoming undergraduates are initially admitted.
  • Enables students to pursue a broad range of courses in music history, theory, composition and performance, within a flexible curriculum that is especially attractive for students pursuing a second major or study abroad.
  • Degree Requirements
  • 2 years of private lessons

 

Bachelor of Music in Performance (BMus)

  • Continuing students who desire more in-depth, specialized studies in performance may seek to change their degree objective from BA to BMus by auditioning during their sophomore year.
    • Incoming freshmen are NOT admitted to the BMus program.
    • Transfer applicants who perform at a sufficiently high level in the entrance audition may change their degree objective from BA to BMus after admission and the start of fall quarter.
    • Degree Requirements
    • 4 years of private lessons

 

Why a degree in Music from UCI

Both our degrees provide a secure foundation in the academic and applied study of music. After graduating, many music majors go on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in performance, musicology, or composition, while others immediately pursue careers as professional musicians and teachers. At the same time, other music majors use their music degrees as a more general educational qualification, continuing on to graduate study and careers in diverse fields.

Given the wide range of transferable skills developed in the undergraduate music major curriculum, music majors are highly desired by law schools, medical schools, and business schools among many others. Employers and graduate schools understand that being a successful music major requires perseverance, discipline and self-direction, as well as excellent collaboration and teamwork skills. Music majors at UCI also learn to write and think creatively, and to present themselves well in public. With a degree in Music from UC Irvine, students will find that many career paths lie before them.

 

Questions? Contact Us:

  • For general inquiries about the Department of Music and our programs, contact the Music Officce (music@uci.edu).
  • For questions about degree requirements and/or what's required to be a double-major, contact CTSA Student Affairs.
  • For questions about audition repertoire requirements, contact the faculty instructor for that instrument.