The Wayne State University Department of Music offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts and the Master of Music. Both are supervised by highly qualified faculty with extensive academic and professional experience in their areas of expertise. For specific program information, please select a degree:
The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to pursue an academic career in music through a broad liberal arts curriculum.
The Master of Music degree is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional concentration in composition/theory, conducting, or performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz).
Graduate Program News
- Be sure to stay up to date regarding WSU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic via the "Warrior Safe Warrior Strong" page, which is updated regularly.
- Keep an eye on your degree progress: check out DegreeWorks!
Graduate Student Scholarships
Support for graduate studies is available from both institutional and non-institutional sources. More information about Department of Music scholarships is available under "Scholarships" in the "Students" tab. Additional information about financial support for graduate study is also available from the Wayne State University Graduate School, the CFPCA, and the Office of Student Financial Aid. Sources of institutional funding include:
- Dumesnil Endowed Talent Scholarships offered by the Department of Music, awarded annually (see Scholarships)
- Activity Award Scholarships offered by the Department of Music, awarded on a semester-by-semester basis
- The Gretchen Valade Graduate Assistantship in Jazz offered by the Department of Music
- The Thomas C. Rumble Fellowships, offered by the Graduate School in partnership with the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, awarded annually
- The Graduate Professional Scholarship, offered by the Graduate School, awarded annually
- Application deadline for 2022-2023 awards: March 1, 2022
- Click here for more information and a link to the GPS application
- The Dean's Diversity Master's Scholarship, offered by the Graduate School, awarded annually
- The David DiChiera Scholarship, offered by the Department of Music, awarded annually for Vocal Performance and related music programs
- Master's Scholarships, offered by the Graduate School, awarded annually
- Graduate Student Professional Travel Awards, offered by the Graduate School to graduate students to support conference travel
- Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Research Support grants, offered by the Graduate School to graduate students pursuing research for their thesis or dissertation
- Travel Grants, offered by the WSU Humanities Center to graduate students to support conference travel during the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms
Graduate Placement Examinations
Incoming graduate students are required to take Graduate Placement Examinations in music history and music theory.
The next round of Graduate Placement Examinations will be held shortly before the start of classes for Fall 2022. Once scheduled, the date, times, and location will be posted here.
⇒ Please contact Dr. Duchan with any questions.
Incoming graduate students will only be allowed to register for selected graduate courses if they do not pass the exams. (Under certain circumstances, students who earned a bachelor's degree in the Department of Music at Wayne State University may be exempt from the Graduate Placement Exam requirement. See the Graduate Student Handbook for details.)
Curriculum Guide and Plan of Work
For each graduate program, a "Curriculum Guide & Checklist" provides an easy-to-read list of degree requirements. It is recommended that graduate students save a copy of the Curriculum Guide for their program and keep it up to date to track their progress toward their degree. Quick links: MA in Music • MM Comp-Theory • MM Conducting • MM Instrumental Performance • MM Jazz Performance • MM Vocal Performance
Additionally, all Master's students must complete and submit a Plan of Work no later than the completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. After completing the form, it must be approved and signed by the student's program advisor and the Department's Graduate Officer. Once the Plan of Work is accepted, it will be placed in the student's file, and the student will be advanced from "Applicant Master's" to "Candidate Master's." More information about the Plan of Work can be found on the Graduate School website.
Graduate Student Handbook
The Graduate Student Handbook contains the policies and procedures that govern the graduate programs in the Department of Music. All graduate students are encouraged to read it and keep a copy for reference. (Last updated: 11/2020.)
Additional Links & Forms
|Graduate Student Handbook |
for the Department of Music
|Private Lessons Info & Forms|
|Graduate Music Course Rotations (2020-2024)||Plan of Work Form|
|List of Graduate Degree Program Advisors||Directed Study Form|
|DegreeWorks||Oral Examination Report Form|
|Wayne State University's "Learn Anywhere" |
Resources for Students
|Graduate Credit Transfer Form|
|Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin||Change of Graduate Status Form |
(to change/add a program)