Graduate

Graduate Student Admissions

Step 1: Applications

  • First, all applicants must apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School for admission to the University.
  • Second, all applicants apply to the Department of Music for admission to the graduate program.
  • Third, applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must fill out the GA Application for consideration.
  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for admission to graduate studies in music except for those applying to the Music History or Music Theory program. The graduate school may require a standardized test score if your GPA is below 3.0.

Step 2: Music Audition/Interview

Prerequisite for applying to the M.M. degree

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in music from an accredited institution. The applicant must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Music.  

The specific requirements for admission to individual concentrations of the Master of Music degree program are:

  • Performance and Collaborative Piano applicants must audition for or submit a DVD of a recorded performance to the appropriate graduate faculty.
  • Music Education applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music education, and are expected to have teaching experience. A video of recent classroom teaching experience will be requested.
  • Music History and Music Theory applicants should submit a paper representative of their work as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
  • Composition applicants are required to submit three of their compositions.
  • Instrumental Conducting applicants will be required to submit a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage is preferred, but rehearsal footage will be accepted. For select applicants, the Director of Bands will make a recommendation for on-campus audition for the applicant to rehearse and conduct the Wind Ensemble, Arkansas' premiere wind band, for approximately 15 minutes.

Requirements for the Master of Music Degree

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School the following must be met:

  • All candidates pursuing the Master of Music are required to take a diagnostic exam (entrance exam) for aural and written music theory and music history prior to the beginning of their first semester of study.  These exams are scheduled the week before classes begin in the fall semester. Any student diagnosed with deficiencies will be required to register for remedial courses.
  • Candidates needing to augment their piano skills will be required to take additional piano study.
  • Candidates are required to take comprehensive written examinations followed by an oral examination after the completion of coursework.
  • All candidates must participate in at least one ensemble per semester throughout their residence unless pursuing a concentration in Composition, Music Theory, Music History, or Music Education.
  • Candidates for the Master of Music in Music History are expected to have or acquire reading and writing proficiency in the foreign language corresponding to their field of research (preferably German, Italian, or French).

Quick Facts


Degree Conferred

  • Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)

Graduate Certificate

  • Advanced Performance
    (non-degree)

Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music

  • Performance
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Instrumental and Choral Conducting
  • Music Education

Graduate Advisor

Graduate Course Catalog  

Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the M.M. degree.