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Music, MM

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , MO,
The principal function of the MM program is to provide students with opportunities for continued development of their musical talents--in a specific area--and overall musicianship. This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in performance or composition, teaching, or continued graduate studies toward a doctoral degree.  


This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in performance or composition, teaching, or continued graduate studies toward a doctoral degree.  Students can choose from the following emphasis areas: Performance, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Music Theory, Composition, Conducting, or Music Education.  Specific requirements for each area are listed on the emphasis page.

At MU a student of music has the opportunity to hear many concerts or to participate in a variety of performing organizations. Many recitals are given by students, faculty and visiting artists. Among the student ensembles that give several concerts during the year are the University Philharmonic, University Wind Ensemble and other concert bands, jazz ensembles, University Singers and other choral ensembles, Show-Me Opera, and chamber music groups. Faculty ensembles that present recitals regularly include the Esterhazy String Quartet, the Missouri Woodwind Quintet and the MU Faculty Brass Quintet.


Officially accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, University of Missouri  is a very large coeducational higher education institution. University of Missouri offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include 

  • Historical Studies in Art Song
  •  Historical Studies in Choral Music
  •  Historical Studies in Opera
  •  Historical Studies in Chamber Music
  •  Historical Studies in Jazz and Popular Music
  •  Studies in World Music
  •  Historical Studies in African-American Music
  •  Music of the PostModern Era
  •  Music in the Baroque Era
  •  Music of the Classic Era
  •  Music of the Romantic Era
  •  Music of the Modern Era
  •  Advanced Studies in American Music
  •  Contemporary Issues in Musicology
  •  Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  •  Introduction to Graduate Study
  •  Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Completion of a Bachelor of Music degree (or demonstrated equivalent) is required, normally with the same major as that to be pursued at the graduate level, and a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit-hours. 

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Register for an audition or interview during a Graduate Audition/Interview day.
  • Submit an essay explaining professional goals.
  • Submit an unofficial transcript.
  • Request three references to submit letters of recommendation.
  • For performance areas, a recording will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    11252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11252 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
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