Approximately 40 graduate assistantships become available for master’s candidates each year. The assistantships available can be found by clicking on the links below.  Assistantship needs may change during the course of the year and, in some cases, more than one vacancy may exist for one of the listings. Students may interview for assistantships outside of their major area.


Arts Village, Aural Skills, Composition, Music History, Music Technology, Music Theory, Instrumental and Choral Arranging, World Music, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and Non-major Offerings.

Availability and descriptions for Musicology/Composition/Theory assistantships.

Music Education

Class Piano, Class Voice, Cooperative School Band Assistant, Curriculum Lab, Field Experience, General Music Methods, High Brass Methods, Low Brass Methods, Single Reed Methods and University Band Activities.

Availability and descriptions for Music Education assistantships.

Music Performance

Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba/Euphonium, French Horn, Choral Assistant, Jazz, Guitar, Studio Piano/Piano Accompanying, Flute, Trombone, Percussion, Orchestra, Violin (Graduate String Quartet), Viola (Graduate String Quartet), Cello (Graduate String Quartet), Trinity United Methodist Church and Voice.

Availability and descriptions for Music Performance assistantships.

Music Office

Music Admissions Coordinator Assistant and Public Events Office

Availability and descriptions for Music Office assistantships.

Assistantship Information


Current first-year, nine-month contracts provide stipends from $5,000 to $9,000. In addition, students receive a partial to full tuition scholarship (instructional fees and non-resident fees) up to $18,451, for a total package up to $27,457 per year. 

Appointment, August 15, 2016   


Bachelor’s degree in music, 3.0 GPA and unconditional admission to the Graduate College. To be considered for an assistantship, candidates must present a campus interview.


To be assured of consideration, candidates should complete the application and campus interview/audition by February 27, 2016. (The Orchestral Conducting application deadline is January 5, 2016 and the Choral Conducting application deadline is February 2, 2016.)

For Application

After submitting a BGSU Graduate College Application you will receive an email with a link to the Music Secondary Application. You can indicate your assistantship preferences on this form.

For more information please call (419) 372-2182 or email Music Graduate Studies to request information about application procedures or available assistantships.