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Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Music Performance concentration is a thirty-hour program that emphasizes performance and applied music. Courses dealing with history, theory, and pedagogy (as they relate to performance) are included, and opportunities for internships and performances in local professional organizations such as Opera/Omaha and the Omaha Symphony are enjoyed by students at UNO.

The Music Education concentration is available in both a thirty-hour thesis and thirty-six hour non-thesis option. Music Education graduate courses emphasize pedagogy and practical application of music skills and research for teachers at all levels.

The Conducting concentration is a thirty-hour program that emphasizes individualized instruction in conducting and maximizes experiences in front of an ensemble. Courses in music history, literature, and theory supplement the practical experience to help produce well-rounded graduates with considerable knowledge of techniques and literature.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Applied Music
  • Music Bibliography
  • Music Analysis for Performance
  • Romantic Music Literature
  • Music from 1900-1945
  • Music Since 1945

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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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).

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).

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements
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  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all undergraduate courses in music.
  • If the student does not have an undergraduate degree in music, the student must take the Department of Music Graduate Diagnostic Exam before enrolling in any graduate courses in order to determine which undergraduate foundation courses may be necessary.
  • An audition is required for all applicants wishing to pursue the Performance concentration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7138 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Omaha

  • 985 - 1520 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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