Eastern Illinois University

24 months
743 USD/credit
743 USD/credit
309 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Music at Eastern Illinois University provides advanced preparation for teaching, performing, and/or further graduate study.


A core of music courses required for the degree provides essential background in history, literature, research, and theory. Other specialized courses in the Music program at Eastern Illinois University, seminars, and individual studies in performance, conducting, composition, theory, history, and literature aid the student in achieving his or her career goals.

The Master of Arts in Music:  Composition Concentration offers students the opportunity for in-depth study of music composition at EIU.  This program combines private instruction in composition and studio performance with courses in research, music theory, and music history.

The Master of Arts in Music:  Conducting Concentration allows focused study in a primary area of conducting (instrumental, orchestral, or choral) and is intended for those who wish to improve their conducting technique and rehearsal skills for use in the public schools or to prepared for continued work at the doctoral level.  

The Master of Arts in Music: Keyboard, Instrumental, and Vocal Concentrations prepare you for a career in the performing arts by focused study in advanced music performance, ensembles, recitals, and studio performance opportunities.  In addition to specific courses for the different concentrations that include applied study and ensemble work, a core curriculum of research, music theory, and music history courses serve to develop an understanding of music and its cultural implications beyond the student’s chosen major. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Music Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

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

  • Grade Point Average(GPA): minimum 2.75 out of 4.0. Some graduate degrees have higher GPA requirements.
  • Official Entrance Examinations (GRE, GMAT, MAT): Some degree programs require entrance examinations.
  • Test of English Language (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
  • A passport copy is required.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University, application fee is valid for one year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    743 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 743 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    743 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 743 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    309 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 309 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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