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Music Education  Master's

We offer four degree options so you can pursue your interests and talents. All include coursework in foundations and research, performance studies, music history and music theory.


What is Music Education at WVU like?


The MM in Music Education is designed to cultivate continued development of professional competence beyond the baccalaureate degree. High levels of musicianship and pedagogical expertise are integrated into a comprehensive program of study.

Unique to the degree in music education are four degree options that enable you to pursue your interests and talents. At the core of each of the 30-hour degree option is coursework that immerses you in the foundations and research of music education, performance studies, music history and music theory.

To complete the degree, you can select from the following four options of coursework and culminating projects: Field Study Option; Recital Option; Thesis Option; or Certification Option.

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)
  • 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.

  • Please also contact the School of Music for additional application requirements, which include letters of recommendation.

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

International applicants must also submit required documents for international students.

Program Contact

If you have any questions about this graduate program, please contact Michael Vercelli at

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