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Music Education  Doctoral


What is Music Education at WVU like?


The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in music education prepares students for careers as teachers in higher education.

A main purpose is to develop skilled and knowledgeable professionals who will challenge the present and enrich the future with significant contributions to the field through teaching, research and service.

Acceptance into the doctoral program is competitive. A prospective doctoral student in music education is required to have completed appropriate undergraduate and master’s degrees in music or their equivalent at institutions of recognized standing.

Also, an applicant must provide evidence of excellence in teaching and musicianship demonstrated during at least three years of successful, full-time contractual K-12 music teaching. Applicants to the program leading to the doctor of philosophy must present necessary credentials for evaluation of previous training and experience to the School of Music. These include transcripts showing at least a 3.0 grade point average in a minimum of 28 hours in liberal arts studies.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall : March 1
Spring: January 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Music Education at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Music Education graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations

  • Submit a video recording of teaching, preferably a K-12 music class or rehearsal and a lesson plan to accompany the recording. Contact Dr. Sandra Schwartz ( for information on video submission.

  • Submit an essay discussing your training, experiences, and present interests in the field of Music Education

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain

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