Music Education Program Information and Admission Requirements

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Master of Arts in Education Degree

Music Education

The Department of Music offers its graduate program to serve three main purposes:

  1. Provide a comprehensive course of academic study for those students who seek the Master of Arts in Education—Music Education degree;
  2. Make available relevant and engaging graduate courses for those students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree; and
  3. Provide for graduate students experiences which will serve their cultural and professional needs.
Admission Requirements:

Unconditional Admission to the Master of Arts in Education - Music Education degree program will require the following:

  1. Fulfillment of the requirements for admission as set forth by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research;
  2. Completion of graduate application:;
  3. 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);*
  4. 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 musical experience

* Students who do not meet minimum music GPA requirements may be admitted Conditionally:

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:

  1. Students must be fully admitted to the program to take more than 9 hours of required/elective graduate level program courses.
  2. Students shall maintain a GPA of at least a "B" (3.); grades below a "B-" will not apply to a degree program.
  3. 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.
  4. Course work over ten years old at the completion of the program may not be used for the degree.
Course Prerequisite Considerations:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Prerequisite for enrollment in Graduate Applied Instruction (MUS 850): Submission of recording of a performance on principal instrument or voice.
Admission to Candidacy:
  1. Satisfactory completion of departmental requirements for admission/Admission to Candidacy;
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 12 hours of UNK graduate course work;
  3. Admission to Candidacy must come prior to registration for the last twelve semester hours required for graduation.
Program Completion:

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