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There has been some discussion among my colleagues (for the most part, composers) in the music department at Mills College about consolidating our graduate MA and MFA programs. We offer an MA in Composition an MFA in Performance and Literature (emphases in chamber music performance and Improvisation) and an MFA in Electronic Media. Although we are a small college, we have accomplished alumni/ae, some of whom go on to doctoral programs.
The conventional wisdom is that an MA is "track" for students who wish to continue in a doctoral program. Is this still the case?