Master's Study in Music

Audition Dates for 2018-2019

Application and Audition/Interview Deadline: March 1

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (deadline for assistantship consideration)
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019

Conducting applicants: Audition dates will be emailed to you after you submit the Graduate College Application for admission.

Master of Music Degree Program

The Master of Music degree program, offered by the College of Musical Arts, is designed to prepare musicians to practice their specialization in the changing environment of current American musical culture. The program encompasses six fields: composition, ethnomusicology, music education, music history, performance and music theory.

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Materials concerning details about the graduate program in music at Bowling Green State University may be received upon request.

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

Applicants should possess an appropriate undergraduate degree, as well as potential for advanced study as evidenced by musical and intellectual abilities and achievements. In cases where an applicant is deficient in background, the departmental graduate faculty will require additional course work; for example, remedial courses in music history and music theory.

All new graduate students with assistantships are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation (GSO), during which incoming students participate in seminars related to college teaching.

All new CMA graduate students must attend the departmental orientation sessions, and take music theory and music history entrance exams. There is a study guide for the theory/history exam available online.

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Music program should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate College Application for Admissions. In addition to the general admission requirements set by the Graduate College, applicants must fulfill the following departmental requirements. Applicants electing the performance or conducting options must audition for area faculty. Applicants electing music history, ethnomusicology, music theory or composition emphasis must submit examples of their work with their applications. Music education and music theory applicants must attend an interview.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

A number of graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. A list of available assistantship positions and other information is available here.