instructor teaches student at piano in a classroomThe 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

More Information

For more information, please contact Linda Pohly, PhD, coordinator of graduate programs in music, or see the Graduate Student Handbook.

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Paying for Your Education

School of Music Assistantships

An assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work closely with faculty, gain hands-on experience, and it provides a waiver of most of your tuition costs and a stipend. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

You will need to apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the School of Music. If you’re an international student, your first contact is the Office of International Admissions.

Music Instruction Building exterior


The School of Music is home to two cutting-edge recital halls, nearly 10,000 square feet of dedicated recording studio space, and a plethora of practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and teaching studios. Take a closer look.