Graduate Programs

The Wayne State University Department of Music offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts and the Master of Music.  Both degree programs 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).

The Orchestral Studies certificate is currently on hold. Read the Gainful Employment Disclosure.


Graduate Program News


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 the "Scholarships" 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 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.

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 exams will be held in late August, 2019.  When it is scheduled, the date and time will be posted here.

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 & 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 Curriciulum Guide for their program and keep it up to date in order 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.

Guide to Graduate Electives in Music 
Each semester, the Department of Music publishes a "Guide to Graduate Electives in Music" to help graduate students plan their course selections.

   Fall 2018 Winter 2019
  Fall 2017 Winter 2018
    Winter 2017


Additional Links
List of Graduate Degree Program Advisors

Graduate Credit Transfer Form
Music Course Rotations (Fall 2018-Winter 2022)
Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin

Guide to Writing Program Notes