Masters Degrees

gradThe Master of Arts in Music degree offers graduate students the option of studying Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Performance, Composition, or Jazz Studies as areas of emphasis. Music Education and History have a 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 with this form.
  • Have an interview with the School Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and other graduate faculties.
  • 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 (lawson39@marshall.edu), 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

Download the Marshall University Graduate Catalogue

Degrees Offered

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students.  Contact Dr. Stephen Lawson (lawson39@marshall.edu; 304-696-3198), Graduate Studies Coordinator for more information.