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The Master of Arts in Music degree offers graduate students the option of studying Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Performance or Composition as areas of emphasis. Music Education and History have thesis and non-thesis options.

To be admitted to a graduate program in music, applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalogue or at the Graduate Admissions website.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in music or the equivalent.
  • Submit an application to the Department of Music with this form.
  • Have an interview with the Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and other graduate faculty.
  • Have an audition on the major instrument (Performance) or a portfolio of previous academic work and/or professional work (Composition, Music Education, Music History).

Potential graduate students should contact Dr. Michael Stroeher (stroeher@marshall.edu), the Department of Music Graduate Coordinator, for more specific information.

Specific policies for graduate study can be found in the Marshall University Graduate Catalogue and the Marshall University Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook (docx file).

Visit the Application and Audition page for graduate studies.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Education – Thesis Option (32 credits)
  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Education – Non-Thesis Option (36 credits)
  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music History/Literature – Thesis Option (32 credits)
  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music History/Literature – Non-Thesis Option (36 credits)
  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Performance (32 credits)
  • Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Composition (32 credits)

Download the Marshall University Graduate Catalogue

Degree Outlines (PDF files)

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students.  Contact Dr. Michael Stroeher (stroeher@marshall.edu; 304-696-3117), Graduate Studies Coordinator for more information.