Music, Master | North Dakota State University | Fargo, United States
12 months
709 USD/credit 21270 USD/year
607 USD/credit 18210 USD/year
405 USD/credit 12150 USD/year
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The Music program at North Dakota State University offers options in performance, conducting and music education.


Program Description

The performance and conducting options of the Music program at North Dakota State University are designed for performers and conductors wishing to augment and refine their skills. The M.M. in Music Education is designed for music teachers who wish to update and increase their practical pedagogical knowledge.

All coursework must be passed with a minimum grade of B. Comprehensive written examinations in the student’s primary area and in music academic studies must be passed near the end of or after coursework. The final oral examination (administered by the student’s committee) occurs after the written comprehensive exam.

Conductors and performers will prepare a recital as their capstone experience. Those in the music education track will complete a written practicum. Both experiences will be planned with guidance by the candidate’s committee. The committee will include three graduate faculty members: the adviser, a representative from music academic studies, and at least one other music faculty member.

Master of Music in Music Education Degree

This degree is designed to be completed in three summers or in a combination of summers and the academic year. Students must register for a least six credits per calendar year until all degree requirements are completed. Classes are offered both online and on campus. Course-work can be focused in elementary, choral/vocal, or instrumental music education. No thesis is required; rather, students will complete a four-credit practicum. The practicum will be agreed upon and planned jointly by the student and his/her adviser. Comprehensive written examinations must be passed near the end of or after coursework. The final oral examination (administered by the student’s committee) occurs after the written comprehensive examination.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counterpoint
  • Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
  • Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Form and Analysis
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Psychology Of Music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Domestic applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes.


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A complete application will include three recommendations, transcripts and a scholarly writing example. Applicants should notify the graduate music coordinator of their intention to apply
  • For applicants in performance and conducting, an on-campus visit and audition are required. Following acceptance into the masters program, applicants will complete a diagnostic exam, which will be used by their advisers to plan appropriate coursework
  • You are required to submit your online application and nonrefundable $35 application fee
  • A statement of purpose is required for admission consideration and must be uploaded to your online application
  • All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship or residency, must demonstrate proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission to a graduate program

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 709 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    18210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 607 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 405 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fargo

870 - 1260 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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