Graduate Programs

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:

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to pursue an academic career in music through a broad liberal arts curriculum.

Master of Music

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

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  • 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:

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

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)