Admission and Program Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Education program in music must meet the general Graduate College requirements for admission as degree-seeking students. In addition, students must have the following:

Prerequisite requirements 

The student must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited music program with a major completed equivalent to certification by a state agency to teach music (K-12). 

Program requirements

  1. The student must demonstrate ability, scholarship, and/or experience in the field of music education sufficient to give reasonable promise of further accomplishment at the graduate level. This will be determined by:
    1. Examinations in the field of music history, literature and music theory.
    2. Demonstration of musicianship by (1) auditioning in an applied area, either in person or by taped transcription or (2) conducting a Missouri State University ensemble or chamber group or (3) being observed in the student's professional endeavor by a committee from the music department.
    These requirements should be completed before or during the candidate's first enrollment period. An evaluation of the results will be used by the music graduate studies committee for advisement purposes. 
  2. The above requirements may be waived in the case of the candidate's holding the BSEd degree in Music Education with certification (grades 9-12 or grades K-12) granted from Missouri State University after 1968.

  3. Complete a minimum of 15 hours in Music including:

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

Core (15-hour)

MUS 700 Introduction to Graduate Study in Music3
MUS 725 History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MUS 790 Research Project2
MUS 799 Thesis1-6
Total hours9-15