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Graduate Program Overview

The graduate music program at Austin Peay offers individualized programs, personalized mentoring by nationally-recognized faculty, and small classes that allow for exceptional learning opportunities. Our goal is to help you achieve your professional goals as you take the next steps towards your career or additional study at the doctoral level.

In addition to graduate degrees in music, the department offers a non-degree granting graduate performance certificate. Additional information is available on the Performance Certificate page.

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(32-33 semester hours)

The Department of Music offers Master of Music concentrations in performance, music education, (including an initial-licensure option for students seeking a teacher license), collaborative piano, and conducting. The Music Education curriculum is offered on campus for traditional students, and as a low-residency option where students can complete a majority of the courses online, with a six-hour summer residency.

Visit the graduate catalog for course requirements in each concentration.


A thesis is required for music education students (3 hours). For music education students pursuing the initial licensure, the edTPA (completed during student teaching) will take the place of the thesis. A thesis option (6 hours) may be chosen for performance and conducting, but is not required. Thesis Guidelines can be found here.


Students who do not complete a thesis are required to submit a formal research literacy paper which will be overseen by the major teacher and approved by the student's committee. For detailed information on this paper, please click on the following link:

Research paper guidelines

Students in all concentrations must also pass an oral examination which will be given by his/her graduate committee.


Regular Admission Status will be granted to applicants who have submitted a complete application file and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have met the additional admission requirements for their intended concentration. Master of Music students are exempt from taking the GRE. Additional admission requirements are listed below each concentration in the Master of Music degree.

Unclassified Status credits are accepted by the Music program. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.

Conditional Admission Status may be an option for eligible applicants to the Music program. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.

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