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What will I learn?

The master of music is designed as a two-year program that offers in-depth study for students highly gifted in music performance, music education, music theory, composition, or research.

Students seeking this degree are required to complete 30-32 hours of course work, culminating in a creative project, recital, research paper, or thesis near the end of their degree work.

This degree plan requires an audition or portfolio review for admission; all students are also required to complete a master’s oral exit exam in their final semester.

Areas of Study

  • Music performance
  • Conducting
  • Woodwind performance
  • Piano chamber music/accompanying
  • Piano performance and pedagogy
  • Music education
  • Music theory
  • Composition
  • History and musicology

Which department am I in?

College of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,222.00 per year
USD $646 per credit
Start date

10 January 2022


College of Fine Arts

Arts and Communications Building, Room 200,

Ball State University,



47306, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent of that of Ball State University may be considered for probationary admission to a master’s program. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on credit hours earned from the degree granting institution.

For international students

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Required Scores to demonstrate English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT 79; IELTS 6.5 Band; Pearson's PTE 53

Dates and Deadlines

Fall - February 1 for on-campus programs

Spring - November 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.