Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Music Education, M.A.

College of The Arts  
Department: School of Music 


The M.A. degree at USF is intended for the currently practicing music educator who wishes to increase their understanding of music pedagogies and research. This major also empowers students to become action researchers and thoughtful consumers of research in music education.

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.).

Major Research Areas:

Alternate Methods, Community Collaboration, Contemporary Changes, Early Childhood, General Music, International Perspectives, Multicultural Issues, Technology, Teacher Behaviors, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • An official Transcript for a completed undergraduate degree in music (from an accredited program) is required with the application.
  • The GPA for all music, music education, and education courses included in the undergraduate degree must be at least 3.00.
  • A Résumé or CV
  • A minimum of two (2) current Letters of Recommendation from people qualified to speak on behalf of the applicant’s professional capabilities must accompany the application.
  • At least two years of K-12 music teaching experience, or the equivalent, are required.
  • Final approval for admission must be granted by the music education faculty.

International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and/or Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications.

It is important to enroll in the term of admission. If postponement is necessary, applicants should request that the application be updated for the term when they intend to register for classes.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30

  • Core - 6 Credit hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 9 Credit hours
  • Electives - 9 Credit hours
  • Thesis - 6 Credit hours

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Any graduate level music courses or course related to the student’s research interests.

The responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the student.

Comprehensive Exam

The thesis defense serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

  • Credit Hours: 2-19

    Students are required to submit a research project final report as their thesis (MUS 6971). Reports of any type of research may be acceptable pending thesis advisor approval.  See Graduate Catalog for thesis guidelines.


    Final recommendation with signatures presented to Graduate Director of Graduate Studies in Music.