Music Education (M.S.E.)
Advance your career and your knowledge in our 30-hour master's program specifically designed for the licensed music teacher. You can complete your degree in three summers, or even faster if you take advantage of courses offered in the fall and spring semesters. Online course delivery and flexible curriculum can be tailored to your needs through careful and personal advising.
Taught by highly qualified faculty, our master’s degree curriculum is purposefully integrated with Teacher Education courses so that music teachers align their graduate experiences with the real demands of today’s schools. Offering an excellent mix of contemporary music education, learning theories, history, philosophy, and research in the area of music education, our graduate students become equipped to grow as leaders not only in their field of expertise, but also leaders in their school districts, communities and professional organizations. Our focus is practical applications of your degree program coursework.
The University of Dayton graduate degree in music education is offered in cooperation with the School of Education and Allied Professions and the College of Arts and Sciences. Completing this program will provide you with a Master of Science in Education degree with a Music Education concentration.
Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
- A personal statement or résumé.
- Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants may wish to submit copies of their Praxis results and current licensures, if available. Including copies of these documents will help to more efficiently process the application.
Additional requirements apply for international students.
Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 430 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I research in the teacher education department research classes?
Education professors encourage students to do research in their topic area which could include a wide range of interests within music education. Students are able to choose a research topic that fits their interests and concentrations.
How long does it take to earn this degree?
The required music courses are offered only during the summer (except MUS 599 which is offered every term). Combined with the flexibility of the education course offerings, most students are able to finish in three years. Depending on students' part-time or full-time status, some students will take longer and others will finish sooner.
Linda A Hartley
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Graduate Program in Music Education Website >>