12 months
18593 USD/year
18593 USD/year
8122 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


At the University of Kansas our vision is to be the destination Music school in the Heartland, sending graduates out into the world as leaders, creating a vital soundtrack of meaning and beauty for the ever-changing lives of the people in our state, our nation, and our world.


Our Mission

We endeavor

  • To teach performance, education, therapy, composition, theory, and musicology passionately and creatively, helping our students prepare for the future as outstanding practitioners of their disciplines.
  • To perform, compose, and speak about music with artistry and intelligence as we foster its greater appreciation and understanding on our campus and throughout the region.
  • To engage our community, state, nation, and world in every manner possible as a leading comprehensive music school.

We hold that

  • Music serves as a powerful constant, enriching and enlightening all societies.
  • Excellence in musical study helps prepare students for creative, collaborative work in many disciplines.
  • Close interaction with dedicated, inspiring teachers sets students on the path to success.
  • All programs at the state’s flagship university must strive for excellence and diversity, serving as a beacon for knowledge and multicultural awareness in an age of technological change and global interconnectedness.

The Master of Music (MM) degree at University of Kansas requires a minimum of 30 credits and is designed to further the student’s knowledge, practice and experience in the following areas of study:

  • Performance instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, opera, voice, organ, piano, carillon, and harp
  • Church Music with choral or organ emphasis
  • Conducting: Choral, Orchestral, Wind
  • Music Composition
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields and their instruments. Courses in Music Theory and Musicology are part of the in depth exploration of advanced music as are private instruction, ensemble  and chamber music opportunities, and either a final performance recital or thesis.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue doctoral studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own challenges in music or music-related endeavors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Composition
  • Church Music
  • Conducting
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory
  • Performance 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Scanned copies of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended
  • Email addresses of three (3) references for letters of recommendation
  • Repertoire list - Performance applicants
  • Scholarly writing sample: Organ, Church Music, Musicology and Music Theory applicants
  • PDF files or links to three (3) original scores (and recordings if available) - Composition applicants
  • Dvd or weblink showing the applicant conducting in performance and rehearsal - Conducting applicants. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18593 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18593 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18593 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18593 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8122 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8122 USD per year during 12 months.
  • Annual tuition for 18 credits

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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