Music Education (M.S.E.)

Advance your career and your knowledge in our 30 hour, cost-competitive master's degree program specifically designed for the licensed music teacher. Online course delivery and flexible curriculum can be tailored to your needs through careful and personal advising.

Our focus is practical applications of your degree program coursework. Our curriculum offers an excellent mix of contemporary music education, learning theories, history, philosophy and research in the area of music education -- all taught by highly qualified faculty. Music courses are integrated with teacher education courses so that you may align your graduate experiences with the real demands of today's schools.

Our graduates are equipped to grow as leaders in their field of expertise, as well as in their school districts, communities and professional organizations.

This degree is offered in cooperation with the School of Education and Health Sciences 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. 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.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. 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.

Academic Requirements
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.

Academic Requirements

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?
Required courses are offered every term. Most students are able to finish in two to three years, taking one to two courses per term. In-service teachers typically take one course in the fall, one course in the spring, and two to four courses during the summer.


Linda A Hartley
Professor and Graduate Program Director

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