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Graduate Programs

Music Graduate Program Details

Study Abroad Programs

Dr. Edward Hafer, Musicologist and Director of the Study Abroad Program to Vienna, Austria. Each summer Dr. Hafer travels to Vienna with an entourage of both graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Music and the Honors College for a two and a half week journey to visit and study Vienna's major historic sites - all relative to Music History. Studyabroad.usm.edu.

Specific Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements: Master’s Degrees

In addition to acceptable grades and test scores, successful applicants to the master’s program have an appropriate baccalaureate degree with a major in music, an acceptable candidacy audition (for performance degrees), strong letters of recommendation, and writing samples. Letters should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study and should be uploaded on the Graduate School application portal. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. See the School of Music Graduate ""Bulletin"" or ""Degree Candidacy"" for further acceptance requirements. Conditional admission is possible in certain circumstances.

Required accreditation and/or compliance statements:

Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for a master's degree. In addition to requirements listed to gain degree candidacy (listed elsewhere in the Graduate Bulletin) Track II candidates must: Successfully pass the PRAXIS I and Praxis IIA exams before or by the end of the 1st semester of study. Failure to do so will prevent further enrollment in the program. Successfully pass the Basic Technology Exam given by the education department before or by the end of the 1st semester. Failure to do so will prevent further enrollment in the program. If not required for the previous undergraduate degree, successfully pass a music education piano proficiency examination by the end of the 2nd semester of enrollment. Must obtain clearance from the Office of Educational Field Experiences (OEFE) before required observation and practica in specified music area methods courses. Successful completion of degree requirements include: Successfully passing Praxis II, Music: Content Knowledge Test (5113) before graduating. Successful completion of student teaching seminars and two supervised teaching placements. The candidate can complete one full semester (6 credit hours) consisting of two (2) experiences. The candidate can teach one experience each over two (2) semesters (3 credit hours each) for a half day. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations.