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Master of Arts in Music Education

Two Year Degree (61-21)

The following guide serves as a typical program of study (assuming no remedial work is necessary) upon which the Supervisory Committee develops each graduate student's particular program of study. It is the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee to assure an appropriate program of study for each student. It is within the Committee's purview to require additional courses that are not listed below, to substitute particular courses for others listed below, and to tailor the program to the needs of the student in anyway that it deems educationally mandated. The student needs to be certain that he/she is working directly with the Committee, and choosing courses that reflect the Committee's suggestions and requirements, at all times. For entrance requirements, please see our website: A minimum of 45 credits is required for the degree (at least 30 of these credits must be taken at the University of Washington). The distribution of credits is given below.

Major Area: 24  
MUSED 501, Research in Music Education (3 credits) 3
12 credits from the following:  
  • MUSED 452, 522, 523, 524, 525, 530, 535, 540, 542, 550, MUSIC 523, 530, 599
Master’s Examination, see below 9
Other Studies: 27  
Major Cognate Area: Music courses approved by the Chair of the Supervisory Committee at the 400-level and above, selected from among areas such as: music education, conducting, ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, and performance. Note: A maximum of 10 credits of MUSED 496 may be included. 18
Minor Cognate: Enroll in courses and/or seminars in a minor area of concentration outside the School of Music that may be selected from areas such as anthropology, education curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and special education. Approved 300-level and above courses can be applied to the minor area of concentration.   9

Total Credits: 51

Master’s Examination:

  • Thesis Option: Students must write a thesis approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. The thesis must be formatted according to the Graduate School Style & Policy Manual. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700, Master’s Thesis.
  • Non-Thesis Option: Complete approved projects (MUSIC 600, 9 credits) and a portfolio of papers accepted by a Supervisory Committee, plus pass a written and oral comprehensive.

Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Only grades of 2.7 and above may be counted toward fulfilling graduate requirements. Complete all requirements for the master's degree within six years of entering the program. All graduate students must be familiar with the content of The University of Washington General Catalog Graduate Degree Policies. A student must satisfy the requirements for the degree that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded.

Rev. 2/05