Bachelor’s Degrees
BA Music Education (In conjunction with COEPD)
BA Music Studies
BFA Music Performance
BFA Theory/Composition
BFA Jazz Studies
BFA Multidisciplinary Studies

Music Minor

Master’s Degrees
MA Composition Degree
MA History and Literature Degree Thesis
MA History and Literautre Degree Non Thesis
MA Music Education Degree Non Thesis
MA Music Education Degree Thesis
MA Music Performance Degree
MA in Jazz Studies Degree

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 School of Music using 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. Stephen Lawson (, the School 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 School of Music Graduate Student Handbook (docx file).

Download the Marshall University Graduate Catalogue.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students.  Contact Dr. Stephen Lawson (; 304-696-3117), Graduate Studies Coordinator for more information.