Graduate Diagnostic Exams

Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history are required of all incoming graduate students, except those who received a Master’s degree from the LSU School of Music within the preceding four years and are entering a doctoral program. The purpose of diagnostic examinations is to determine whether students are equipped to undertake history and theory courses at the graduate level.

Students who do not take these exams will be automatically enrolled in the remedial courses in music history and music theory.

The degree of accomplishment expected is equivalent to that of LSU’s graduating seniors. On the basis of these examinations, the undergraduate courses MUS 3703, MUS 3704, and/or MUS 3710 may be required as prerequisites for graduate level courses in music history and music theory.

These examinations are critically important. Diligent preparation and review can significantly improve your performance on them. If you are required to take remedial courses, they will provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

For additional information about Diagnostic Exams, contact Dr. Andreas Giger for music history and Dr. Inessa Bazayev for music theory.

Examples of Diagnostic Exams

Music History

Music Theory

Upcoming Exam Dates

Summer 2017

Thursday, 6/1/17
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Room 245 

Fall 2017

Tuesday, 8/15/17
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
School of Music Building, Room 115

Spring 2018

Monday, 1/8/18
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Room 245 

Summer 2018

Friday, 6/1/18
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Room 245