Music Education Program Information and Admission Requirements
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Master of Arts in Education Degree
The Department of Music offers its graduate program to serve three main purposes:
- Provide a comprehensive course of academic study for those students who seek the Master of Arts in
Education—Music Education degree;
- Make available relevant and engaging graduate courses for those students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree; and
- Provide for graduate students experiences which will serve their cultural and professional needs.
Unconditional Admission to the Master of Arts in Education - Music Education degree program will require
- Fulfillment of the requirements for admission as set forth by the Office
of Graduate Studies and Research;
- Completion of graduate application:
- Completion of the baccalaureate degree with a major in music from a fully accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
(an official transcript must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution);*
- Satisfactory completion of departmental entrance requirements:
- Submit a Philosophy of Teaching (300-500 words. Include your ideas about the teaching and learning process, a
description of how you teach, and why you teach in a particular way based on your beliefs, values, and/or objectives as
related to music education.)
- Submit a Professional Résumé
- Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's capabilities/professional
* Students who do not meet minimum music GPA requirements may be admitted Conditionally:
- Students must pass the Graduate Music Entrance Assessment (music history and theory) with a minimum score of 80%
or enroll in MUS 402, Music
History and Theory Review, and earn a minimum grade of "B" and
- Students must complete a minimum of 9 graduate credits with a minimum grade of "B" to meet this admission requirement.
MAE - Music Education Policies:
In addition to the academic policies listed in the Graduate Catalog that govern all
graduate students, the following policies are specific to the MAE - Music Education program:
- Students must be fully admitted to the program to take more than 9 hours of required/elective graduate
level program courses.
- Students shall maintain a GPA of at least a "B" (3.); grades below a "B-" will not apply to a degree program.
- To receive credit for transfer credits, a student must complete a Change in Program of Study form and submit official transcripts
to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
- Course work over ten years old at the completion of the program may not be used for the degree.
Course Prerequisite Considerations:
- Prerequisite for enrollment in Music History and Theory Review
(MUS 802P): Completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% and permission of instructor.
- Prerequisite for enrollment in Music Analysis (MUS 801) and Music History
(MUS 848, MUS 849,
MUS 851, MUS 852): Completion of Graduate Music
Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of
MUS 402, Music History and Theory Review, with a
minimum grade of "B" AND permission of instructor.
- Prerequisite for enrollment in Graduate Applied Instruction (MUS 850): Submission of
recording of a performance on principal instrument or voice.
Admission to Candidacy:
- Satisfactory completion of departmental requirements for admission/Admission to Candidacy;
- Satisfactory completion of at least 12 hours of UNK graduate course work;
- Admission to Candidacy must come prior to registration for the last twelve semester hours required for graduation.
Completion of this program requires passing a comprehensive examination covering the following areas: music
theory, music history, and music education.
UNK is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
11 Jul 2014