Music Education

University of South Dakota

24 months
627 USD/credit
627 USD/credit
326 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Programs of study include instrumental music education and vocal/choral music education. This program prepares students for an advanced level of K-12 teaching or for doctoral degree work.


Students choose between two cumulative options: the master's thesis or the graduate music education project, which is applicable to the specific teaching area. Topics are chosen in consultation with the student's graduate committee/chair advisor.

The master of music degree in music education is a hybrid degree that offers courses online and face-to-face during the summer and academic year. The disbursement of the course materials are structured to meet the needs of the working public school teacher and the post-undergraduate looking for an advanced degree. The degree program is flexible in its offerings to allow for successful completion within a two year period. An interview is required with Music Education professor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forms And Analysis
  • The School Music Program
  • Supervision And Administration Of Music Education
  • Concepts In Music Education
  • Introduction To Music Bibliography
  • Thesis In Music
  • Music Cultures Of The World
  • Medieval And Renaissance Music Literature
  • Baroque Music Literature
  • Classical And Romantic Music Literature
  • Twentieth-century Music Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: An application fee of $35.00 U.S. dollars must accompany each Graduate Application
  • One Official Transcript: One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit must accompany an application
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required of applicants to most graduate degree program
  • Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate degree program, the test score reports must be sent to the Graduate School from the testing center.
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants are encouraged to provide information about their reason for pursuing graduate studies

Tuition Fee

  • International

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    326 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 326 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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