12 months
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10200 USD/year
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Programs of study include instrumental music education and vocal/choral music education. This Music Education program at University of South Dakota prepares students for an advanced level of K-12 teaching or for doctoral degree work. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

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 Music Education program at University of South Dakota offers the coursework in a flexible online format to meet the needs of the working public school teacher and the post-undergraduate looking for an advanced degree. During the summer, the  program requires one face-to-face workshop experience, allowing for successful completion within a two year period. An interview is required with Music Education professor. Summer housing can be arranged for students who want to stay on campus.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forms And Analysis
  • The School Music Program
  • Supervision And Administration Of Music Education
  • Concepts In Music Education
  • 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
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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